Since transferring to USC, Josh Shaw has bounced between playing safety and cornerback for the Trojans. A natural safety, Shaw was slid over to cornerback in 2012 as the Trojans were in desperate need of solidifying the second corner position.
Heading into 2013, Shaw was expected to return to safety, but struggles among the group of cornerbacks again resulted in him being looked at to stabilize the position.
Though he is unable to participate in spring practice, Orange County Register’s Rich Hammond reports Shaw is already aware of the fact that he will play corner in 2014:
Josh Shaw isn’t practicing because of stress fracture in foot, but said he knows he will play cornerback this season
— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) March 14, 2014
Shaw partnered with Kevon Seymour to give the Trojans formidable corners and the duo’s play late in the 2013 season is a reason to be optimistic moving forward.
A physical presence out on the boundary, Shaw often was charged with the task of locking down the opponent’s top receiver. He finished last season with 67 tackles and four interceptions, which was tied for second most on the team.
With Shaw apparently out of the picture at safety, that likely leaves Su’a Cravens and Leon McQuay III to roam in the back four.
In a defense that is expected to be multiple and capable of handling various offensive styles and formations, it appears the coaches believe moving Shaw to corner allows for them to utilize their best group among the back four.