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Josh Shaw | Cornerback

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200

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An NFL scout said USC's handling of the Josh Shaw situation hurt the school's trustworthiness.
"I'll have to weed through even more of SC's [expletive]," the scout said. "It definitely hurts. I'm not going to believe what I hear out of their mouths. It'll be more about their mannerisms and how their body language is." The Sports Illustrated report said NFL scouts already distrusted the Trojans' program stemming from the tenures of former coaches Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin, specifically their strategy in sharing relevant scouting information about Trojans' players. We doubt scouts' negative feelings about the school will hurt the draft stock of its players, but it bears watching. Sep 9 - 7:04 PM

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USC announced redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw admitted to fabricating the story about hurting his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning, and he has been suspended indefinitely.

"We are extremely disappointed in Josh," said head coach Steve Sarkisian in a release. "He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story. I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him." Shaw explained his two high ankle sprains on Monday by saying he saved his 7-year-old nephew from drowning. The school received several calls contradicting his story, leading to an investigation. Shaw's legal team is expected to release a statement later on Wednesday.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 6:57 PM

The investigation into USC redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw's story about saving his drowning nephew is in a "holding pattern."

"It's pretty clear that there's quite a few conflicting stories out there," USC football coach Steve Sarkisian said after practice on Wednesday. "Any information we have been provided up until this point we have pushed along to campus authorities. We're really going to let it play out in their hands up until this point and quite honestly we're in somewhat of a holding pattern. That's where we are at. Anything I do get that I can provide you guys with, I will, believe me, I will." Shaw suffered two high-ankle sprains recently and said he did so while saving his 7-year-old nephew from drowning. The school received calls that contradicted Shaw's story and subsequently launched an inquiry. Shaw is out indefinitely. "None of the players really know about the Josh Shaw situation," Leonard Williams said. "[Sarkisian] basically told us to stay focused and don't let it affect us on Saturday."
Aug 27 - 6:27 PM

USC redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw is a hybrid defensive back that the NFL covets, an anonymous NFL scout said.

"He's so big and versatile -- can play corner and safety," the scout said. "Hybrid player teams desire." Shaw is in the national conversation at the moment for a situation that occurred off the field. Shaw suffered two high-ankle sprains recently and said he did so while saving his nephew from drowning. The school received calls that contradicted Shaw's story, and they will conduct their own investigation. Either way, Shaw is out indefinitely.
Aug 26 - 4:11 PM

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said the school received calls on Tuesday contradicting senior DB Josh Shaw's story about saving his nephew from drowning.

"I heard late last night doubts within the program over Josh Shaw story," beat writer Scott Wolf tweeted. "Sources told me incident did not involve family party or rescuing nephew from pool. USC investigating claims." The initial story stated Shaw jumped from the second story to save his nephew, who could not swim. Saw suffered two high ankle sprains from the event, which was reported via a school release. Stay tuned for more.
Aug 26 - 1:42 PM

USC redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw injured himself while saving his nephew from drowning and is out indefinitely.

"While attending a family social function at his cousin's apartment in his hometown of Palmdale, Shaw looked on from a second floor balcony to the pool below and saw his 7-year-old nephew, who cannot swim, in distress without help nearby," a school press release reads. "Shaw instinctively leaped off the balcony, landing painfully on the concrete below." The defensive back and team captain apparently suffered two high-ankle sprains. Evaluators are mainly looking at Shaw as a free safety prospect, but everyone will agree the story sounds heroic.
Source: USC Trojans
Aug 25 - 6:43 PM

USC redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw could be viewed as a corner by the NFL due to the league's "recent love affair with bigger cornerbacks," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Shaw started 11 games at corner and three at free safety in 2013, collecting 67 tackles -- 5.5 for loss -- seven pass break ups and four interceptions. "He has quick feet and fluid hips to change directions but may not possess ideal straight-line speed," wrote Rang. "Shaw possesses terrific football intelligence, which is demonstrated not only with his ability to shuffle from corner to either of the safety position but in the closing burst he shows once the ball has been thrown. Shaw is rarely fooled in coverage and rips at the ball as it arrives. He is a reliable, consistent tackler, though he hasn't yet proven to be the intimidating hitter that his frame suggests." Shaw began his career at Florida but moved back to his native California due to the poor health of his father and grandfather.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 27 - 2:46 PM

USC redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw could change the NFL's perception that the school can't produce an elite DB prospect, thinks Bucky Brooks of

Shaw elected to return to school for his senior season after collecting four interceptions and 67 tackles in 2013 while starting at both safety and corner. "As a versatile defender with experience at cornerback and safety, Shaw is an instinctive ball hawk with terrific instincts, awareness and recognition," Brooks wrote. "He aggressively jumps routes in his area, yet is rarely fooled on double moves on the perimeter. Shaw understands when to gamble, which allows him to make a number of plays on the ball despite playing in 'off' coverage on most downs. Teams looking for Cover 2 corners with impressive ball skills will give Shaw high marks for his overall game and potential at the next level."
Jun 4 - 6:07 PM

USC redshirt junior DB Josh Shaw decided to return to college for his senior season.

Shaw collected four interceptions and 67 tackles in 2013 while starting at both safety and corner. Shaw could be shifted over to safety full-time in 2014 to replace Dion Bailey, who bolted for the NFL early. Of course, the Trojans may elect to simply keep him at corner.
Jan 15 - 11:29 AM

USC redshirt junior DB Josh Shaw believes keeping Ed Orgeron as the school's head coach would also keep draft-eligible talent from jumping to the NFL after this season.

"We absolutely love Coach O," Shaw said. "There were some guys leaning toward leaving. If Coach O was remaining as head coach, those guys would change their minds." Most of the Trojans that could jump to the NFL are on the offensive side of the ball, including Marqise Lee, tight end Xavier Grimble, and Randall Telfer. We doubt Orgeron is selected as the full-time head coach, but he has done a solid job since taking over for Lane Kiffin.
Source: LA Times
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 09:24:00 AM

USC head coach Lane Kiffin named redshirt junior Josh Shaw and true freshman Su'a Cravens the school's starting safeties.

This means senior Dion Bailey, who is making the transition from linebacker but has dealt with injuries, will not be in the starting lineup. Shaw is a transfer at Florida and played cornerback last season, opposite Nickell Robey, before moving to safety. Cravens is a true freshman who enrolled early. If he plays at a high level, we should be hearing Cravens name quite often for the next few years.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 08:19:00 AM

USC head coach Lane Kiffin hinted that sophomore Florida transfer Josh Shaw could start next week at CB opposite junior Nickell Robey.

Kiffin has been trying to find a consistent starter opposite Robey for a handful of weeks now after repeatedly rolling out Torin Harris in that spot. After Shaw registered an interception last Saturday against Washington, Kiffin praised his play and the oversized corner has a great shot of starting next week against Colorado.
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 08:48:00 AM