With a team-high eight tackles, and one interception in a USC win over Oregon State, Josh Shaw has been named the Pac-12 defensive player of the week.
The Beavers entered the game averaging over 40 points per game, and boasted one of the best passing attacks, statistically speaking.
Shaw was part of a Trojan defense that limited the Beavers to 14 points, and forced them into three interceptions.
Much has been made of the Trojans complete effort, with plenty of the attention placed on the performances from Javorius Allen and Silas Redd.
As a member of a secondary that has had it’s fair share of issues, Shaw’s recognition is a refreshing development.
Since his arrival at USC by way of transfer, Shaw has been invaluable.
The ability to move him from safety down to cornerback, then back to safety for what was presumed to be his permanent position, only to be placed back at corner has been a tremendous aid to covering up deficiencies in the secondary.
Friday marked the fourth time Shaw has recorded at least seven tackles in a game this season. He has one interception in each of the Trojans’ last two games.