Can anyone say anything matters more in Saturday’s game than coaching and the performance of UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley?
Josh Shaw practiced at cornerback today. Steve Sarkisian said Shaw “looked fluid” and could potentially play against UCLA. Shaw did not speak to the media.
Neither Sarkisian nor defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox were specific about Shaw’s role but he could also play special teams.
Sarkisian said he hoped to hear something on tight end Bryce Dixon today or tomorrow.
Josh Shaw was highly valued as a cornerback entering the season. But freshman Adoree Jackson’s emerged as the Trojans’ top cornerback while the safety position is thin with Su’a Cravens mainly playing linebacker.
So does Shaw return at safety instead? Gerald Bowman and Leon McQuay started against California in the Trojans’ previous game and he could probably stand a better chance to start there than at cornerback right now.
With the reinstatement of cornerback Josh Shaw tonight, now we know what the distraction of the week will be heading into this week’s game against UCLA. Everyone will want to know if Shaw plays after only one real contact practice if he participates tomorrow.
Shaw is also no longer considered a team captain for the remainder of the season.
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USC announced tonight that cornerback Josh Shaw has been reinstated to the football team. Here’s a statement from athletic director Pat Haden: “For several months, local authorities have been investigating the August 23 incident involving Josh Shaw. They have now concluded that investigation and determined that no action will be taken against him.
“USC also conducted its own internal investigation of Josh, evaluating both athletic department code of conduct and potential NCAA compliance issues. Based on these investigations and their conclusions, and the 10-game suspension Josh has served for code of conduct violations, we have made the decision to reinstate him. The role Josh will have in any remaining games is now in the hands of Coach Sarkisian.”
And here’s a statement from Steve Sarkisian: “I’ve welcomed Josh Shaw back to the team. I’m now in the process of evaluating how Josh can contribute to the team’s success.”