April 9, 2011; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators safety Joshua Shaw (9) and safety Josh Evans (24) defend tight end Jordan Reed (11) during the first half of the Orange and Blue Spring Game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

USC Football: NCAA clears Josh Shaw for 2012 Season


According to multiple sources, USC defensive back Josh Shaw has had his hardship waiver approved by the NCAA, and he will be eligible to play for the USC Trojans this fall.

Shaw had applied for the waiver after enrolling at USC in January after transferring from Florida, where he played in limited time under Will Muschamp. The waiver was related to his sickly father and grandfather, which required him to be closer to his native Palmdale, CA.

Shaw will now be a redshirt sophomore with up to three years of eligibility remaining.

Yesterday, we said that the Trojans would have the best secondary in the Pac-12 should Josh Shaw be cleared by the NCAA. Today, the Trojans are one step closer to making that claim a reality.

Since Spring Ball started, Shaw has been sidelined due to nagging rib and back injuries, but with this recent turn of events, he says he plans to be very much so ready by the fall. Should he be 100% by then, he will be competing for time at the free safety position with Jawanza Starling, or possibly at the corner position, with Isiah Wiley.

Either way, it seems as if USC had added another level of depth to its increasingly formidable secondary.

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