When Josh Shaw transferred to USC from Florida in 2012 there was reason for excitement.
Shaw was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 3 cornerback out of California in the 2010 class. However, Shaw’s importance to the Trojans has far exceeded the expectations.
As a proverbial Swiss army knife, Shaw has managed to play at a high level and should continue to do so in 2014.
By the numbers: 67 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups.
What went right: After being slid down to cornerback from safety in 2012, Shaw was primed to return to his more natural position in 2013.
Injuries and poor play from the cornerbacks forced Shaw to revert back to cornerback once more.
As a cornerback, Shaw was often placed with the responsibility of locking down the opponents’ top receiver.
What went wrong: If anything went wrong for Shaw in 2013 it was that he wasn’t able to play safety, which is his more natural position.
He recorded only one interception, but that may be a testament as to his ability to influence opposing quarterbacks to look elsewhere.
What’s next: It was announced on Tuesday that Shaw would be returning for his senior season in 2014, which is a big coup for defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox.
It may be too early to determine, but Shaw may finally get his opportunity to be a full-fledged safety next season.
Final Grade: A+
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