Montana State Gains FBS Transfer Safety Rhedi Short, Officially Announces More Additions | MSU Bobcats

BOZEMAN — Montana State’s football program announced the addition of five players on Wednesday, including a former defensive back from the Football Bowl Subdivision whose transfer was not previously announced.

Redshirt senior safety Rhedi Short transferred to MSU from Arizona, a Pac-12 program. The Bobcats also officially introduced freshman offensive lineman Omarrian Aigbedion, second-year wide receiver Malik Mullins, fifth-year senior wide receiver Clevan Thomas and redshirt senior running back Kaegun Williams.

“In those five, we mix three one-year-olds and two with years ahead of them,” MSU head coach Brent Vigen said in a press release. “The three year-old guys each have backgrounds that will allow them to contribute greatly in their year with us. There is an opportunity for the two youngest to come in and compete for playing time right away continuing to grow.”

The 6-foot-1, 196-pound short played 11 of Arizona’s 12 games in 2021 and finished with four tackles, all in a loss at USC. He played in all five games for the Wildcats in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, and tied the team high with 30 total tackles (23 solo). The Pasadena, Calif. native wore a red shirt in 2017 and didn’t play any games in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Short was a three-star recruit from Cathedral High in Los Angeles.

“Rhedi is an experienced safety who has the opportunity to fight for the strong safety position,” Vigen said.

Then-Arizona safety Rhedi Short attempts to tackle Northern Arizona running back Kevin Daniels September 18, 2021, in Tucson, Arizona.

If Short gets the top safety job in the fall, he’ll replace Tre Webb, who is now with the Atlanta Falcons. Rylan Ortt is the solid first-string safety on MSU’s post-spring depth chart, and converted cornerback Eric Zambrano is the backup. Jeffrey Manning Jr., a transfer from Oregon State’s Pac-12 program who attended Cathedral with Short, is expected to be the Bobcats’ starting free safety for the second straight season.

MSU also provided quotes from Vigen on the other four new players in Wednesday’s press release:

• On Aigbedion, who once attended the US military academy preparatory school affiliated with the army: “Omar has four years to compete with us. We really like his strength and his aggression as a player of interior offensive line.

• On Mullins, who comes to MSU from Independence (Kansas) Community College: “Malik provides both length and athleticism at receiver. We expect him to compete for playing time this fall.

• On Thomas, a move from Kentucky (a Southeastern Conference FBS team): “In Clevan, we’re adding a proven, versatile player who has shown he can play inside or outside for his time in Kentucky. He’ll be competing for our open wide receiver spots right now.”

• On Williams, a transfer from San Diego State (an FBS team from Mountain West): “We really like the versatility that Kaegun has shown at San Diego State in a backup role. He has always been productive whenever his number was called up. He adds much-needed depth to the ball carrier.”

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