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Josh Shaw Will Not Enter 2014 NFL Draft, Returns To USC For Redshirt Senior Season


USC defensive back Josh Shaw will return to USC for a redshirt senior season.

Shaw’s announcement comes after Hayes Pullard announced he also is returning to USC in 2014.

Since arriving at USC in 2012 as a transfer from Florida, Shaw has been an integral part of the defense.

His Trojan career began with him at strong safety, but due to struggling play from the cornerbacks, Shaw was slid over to cornerback around the midway point of the 2012 season.

While appearing in 13 games, Shaw recorded 30 tackles and two interceptions in 2012.

Shaw would finish the 2012 season at cornerback and heading into the 2013 season, indications were he would return to his natural safety position.

But Shaw was again forced into action at cornerback in 2013 and he rose to the challenge.

He finished the 2013 season with 67 tackles, good for fourth on the team.

Looking beyond his total number of tackles, Shaw was used as the lockdown corner charged with shadowing the opponents’ primary receiver.

Shaw helped limit Fresno State receiver Davante Adams to nine catches and 74 receiving yards in the Las Vegas Bowl.

With Shaw and Su’a Cravens leading the secondary, the Trojans hope to have a much more stable back four in 2014.

USC announced Shaw’s return via Twitter moments after it was reported Javorius Allen is also returning.

The two Trojans join Hayes Pullard in extending their collegiate careers.

Had Shaw gone pro, NFLdraftscout.com ranked him as the No. 16 available cornerback.

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