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Kentucky is zeroing in on Houston WRs coach Daikiel Shorts Jr.

Shorts has had a lot of success in his short time in Houston and looks like a potentially great hire.

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Mark Stoops decided to make a change to his staff this offseason and search for a new wide receivers coach.

Stoops now appears to have his next coach for the position, and it’s Houston Cougars wide receivers coach Daikiel Shorts Jr.

According to John Brice of Football Scoop, Shorts has emerged as the Kentucky Wildcats’ top target for its next wide receivers coach. Shorts has also taken a visit to Lexington already.

“Sources told FootballScoop Friday that Shorts Jr. was in Lexington, Kentucky, and meeting with coach Mark Stoops, offensive coordinator Liam Coen and the rest of the UK coaching staff,” Brice wrote.

Shorts was a wide receiver himself in college, playing at West Virginia, where he ended his career with 177 receptions for 2,263 yards.

He began his coaching career back in 2018 as a program assistant at West Virginia after wrapping up his playing career.

For the 2019 and 2020 seasons, he made the move to Houston to become the Director of Player Personnel. In 2021, he was named the interim wide receivers coach before officially getting the position starting in 2022.

Since the start of the 2021 season when Shorts took over the role, Houston ranks fifth nationally in receiving touchdowns (96),12th in receptions (905), and 16th in receiving yards (10,780). On top of that, they had 25 games with at least 250 receiving yards in that timeframe which is 11th nationally.

According to, nine-plus receivers caught a pass in nine of Houston’s 12 games in 2023 including 11 different players with a reception in back-to-back games, coming against Sam Houston (Sept. 23) and Texas Tech (Sept. 30). Prior to Sept. 23-30, the last time Houston had 11 different receivers catch a pass in consecutive games was Nov. 5, 2011 (at UAB) and Nov. 10, 2011 (at Tulane).

Despite not having a ton of coaching experience, Shorts has done a great job at Houston and appears to be a great candidate to join Stoops’ staff in Lexington.

So, if this ends up being the hire, what say you? Sound off in the comments section!