USC’s 2014 spring football camp opened on Tuesday afternoon with one of the Trojans’ most experienced and reliable players in a walking boot. It was senior defensive back Josh Shaw, who has a stress fracture in his foot, according to new head coach Steve Sarkisian.
Josh Shaw has a stress fracture in his foot, Sarkisian said.
— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) March 12, 2014
The boot isn’t new for Shaw, as Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com and Rivals tweeted after practice that Shaw had been in the boot dating back to team-run spring workouts.
Shaw enters camp as the Trojans’ most tested defensive back but finds himself without a sure position. In his two years at USC, Shaw’s played both corner and safety, and has been one of USC’s best coverage men. As of now, he’ll be limited in camp due to the stress fracture in his foot, and per Rahshaun Haylock of FOX Sports, where he will play this fall remains uncertain.
Should he stay at cornerback, it would presumably allow Leon McQuay or Gerald Bowman to play safety. With the multiple defensive looks that USC will deploy under defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, it’s possible –if not likely– that players like Shaw and McQuay could play multiple positions in varying looks.