USC Football: Josh Shaw Update

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Cornerback Josh Shaw was declared a winner of Day 1 at the Senior Bowl according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

Shaw’s day started off on a high note, weighing in at a ripped 6-foot-0, 198 pounds. His day got better during practice, as he had a great one-on-one drill. On one play, facing off against Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett, Shaw ripped the ball out of Lippett’s hands. Shaw is a very physical player.”

Will missing most of the season even affect his draft stock? Seems like the only thing that might be affected was USC’s season.

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Where Are They Now?

Jabari Craig, a 6-10 center who signed with USC last year but did not qualify academically, is playing at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Craig is playing just six minutes per game and averaging 2.0 points and 2.2 rebounds.

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Rahshead Johnson Withdraws From School

Freshman wide receiver-cornerback Rahshead Johnson has withdrawn from school and will a junior college, according to USC. His departure means his scholarship cannot be replaced so it will further add to any depth problems for next season. The Trojans currently have 60 scholarship players. Johnson is expected to attend Santa Monica College.

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USC Morning Buzz: Remembering The Original DeflateGate Incident

POST.PATSIt seems like much of the sports world is transfixed by whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. So it’s worth taking a moment to remember USC’s version of DeflateGate in 2012.

USC was fined $25,000 by the Pac-12 after officials were forced to re-inflate five footballs before the game and at halftime against Oregon. The official story was that a student manager was responsible on his own.

However, an equipment manager was reprimanded and members of the coaching staff said they believed Lane Kiffin was involved. There was also the question of whether Matt Barkley knew. That he would not know seemed improbable. And Barkley passed for 484 yards and five touchdowns in the game.

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Nick Saban On Lane Kiffin

Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked about Lane Kiffin being a candidate to become offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers.

“I know Lane is committed to us right now and he’s doing the best he can to help us recruit and do the things that we need to do to have a better team next year,” Saban said. “We’re hopeful that that will continue.”

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