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Josh Shaw | Cornerback

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190

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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. Jun 27 - 2:46 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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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