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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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Orange County Register's Michael Lev notes that USC coach Steve Sarkisian said redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw "will have a role" against UCLA this weekend.
"USC coach Steve Sarkisian said CB Josh Shaw will have a role against UCLA. The extent of that role remains to be seen," Lev tweeted. The USC prospect has not played a single down for the Trojans this season, after he was caught lying to team officials about an incident that resulted in him injuring his ankles. Nov 20 - 2:25 PM

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Los Angeles Daily News' Scott Wolf reports that USC redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw practiced with the team today.

With two regular season games left for USC, against UCLA and then Notre Dame, it's still up in the air if Shaw will get his starting job back. Coach Steve Sarkisian is currently working Shaw back into the mix. The USC prospect has not played a single down for the Trojans this season, after he was caught lying to team officials about an incident that resulted in him injuring his ankles.
Nov 19 - 2:21 PM

Redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw has been reinstated to the USC football team.

Shaw has not played a single snap this season after lying to team officials about an incident that resulted in to injured ankles. The school announced the tale to the world, and Shaw was caught in his lie. He recently told his side of the story after being quiet during a 10 game suspension. Shaw regaining his starting job in the defensive backfield is no sure thing, however, and head coach Steve Sarkisian is in the process of figuring out the senior's role. USC has two regular season games remaining, against UCLA and then Notre Dame.
Source: USC Trojans
Nov 18 - 8:06 PM

USC redshirt senior CB Josh Shaw will not face domestic violence charges.

Shaw was involved in a tangle of lies and shadiness. After being involved in an argument with his girlfriend, he jumped off a balcony as the police arrived. Shaw injured both ankles in the incident. He told the team that he had jumped off the balcony to save his brother from drowning in a pool. This all has resulted in an indefinite suspension from the team, who will make their own private investigation of the incident. To put a bow on things, authorities today said that they would not press charges against Shaw. The result of the team investigation will be determined in the future.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 17 - 9:49 PM

USC redshirt senior CB Josh Shaw discussed his side of the tale/lie that led to two ankle injuries and a suspension from the football team.

It is not the Serial Podcast, but interesting nonetheless. The story begins with Shaw getting into a loud argument with his girlfriend of seven years. The two insist no physical violence occurred. Police were then at the scene of the argument after Shaw's girlfriend left, and to avoid cops Shaw jumped from the second story and was helped to safety by his brother since walking was so painful after hurting both ankles. Shaw then made up a lie about saving his nephew from drowning when talking with USC officials. The officials then released the story, since they knew they would be questioned about Shaw's injuries if he was seen on crutches or in a wheelchair. Shaw was then "in too deep" and did not expect his lie to go public, so he came clean along with USC receiving claims the story was false. The corner has yet to play for the Trojans this season, but head coach Steve Sarkisian has recently left the door open for a possible return.
Source: LA Times
Nov 13 - 11:14 AM

Despite only three games remaining in the regular season, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian would not rule out the possibility of redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw returning to the team.

Shaw has been suspended for the whole season after lying to team officials following an off-field event that he was initially praised for. The original story turned out to be a complete fabrication. Shaw suffered two ankle sprains in the incident. USC is currently 6-3.
Source: OC Register
Nov 3 - 9:54 AM

Los Angeles Daily News' Scott Wolf reports that USC HC Steve Sarkisian said redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw's status "rests with USC higher ups."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw admitted to fabricating a story about hurting his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning, and he has been suspended indefinitely. Even though Shaw's draft stock took a hit, scouts still see him as a hybrid defensive back that could find a place on an NFL roster.
Oct 8 - 3:14 PM

Los Angeles Daily News' Scott Wolf reports that USC redshirt senior DB Josh Shaw has been training in Santa Monica during indefinite suspension.

"USC cornerback Josh Shaw has been training in Santa Monica during indefinite suspension and running full speed after spraining ankles," Wolf tweeted. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw admitted to fabricating a story about hurting his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning, and he has been suspended indefinitely. Even though Shaw's draft stock took a hit, scouts still see him as a hybrid defensive back that could find a place on an NFL roster.
Oct 3 - 3:02 PM

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

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