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Kessler throws 3 TDs, Wright has 2 interceptions, Breslin gets 3.5 sacks.
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CAREER: In his 3-year college career at Florida and USC, he has 119 tackles (including 8.5 for losses), 14 deflections and 6 interceptions with 22 starts. At USC, he has 97 tackles, including 7.5 for losses, plus 13 deflections and 6 interceptions while starting 21 games.
2014: Shaw, USC's most versatile and reliable defensive back (he has started at cornerback and safety), will look to start again as a senior in 2014, most likely at cornerback.
2013: Shaw started both at cornerback and free safety as a junior in 2013, although he primarily was at corner. Overall in 2013 while starting all 14 games (at free safety against Hawaii, Arizona and Notre Dame and at cornerback for the other games), he had 67 tackles, including 5.5 for losses of 17 yards, 4 interceptions with 1 for a TD and 7 deflections, plus he returned a blocked punt 14 yards for a TD. He made 2013 All-Pac-12 honorable mention and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 third team. He was named USC's Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year.
He had 2 tackles and returned an interception 35 yards for a TD at Hawaii. He had 2 tackles against Washington State, 5 tackles (1 for a loss) against Boston College, 7 tackles Utah State while playing both corner and safety, 4 tackles at Arizona State, 8 tackles and a deflection while starting at free safety against Arizona, 7 tackles (0.5 for loss) at Notre Dame and 6 tackles and an interception against Utah. He had a team-best 8 tackles with an end zone interception and a deflection at Oregon State to earn Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors. He had 3 tackles (1 for a loss), 2 deflections and returned a blocked punt 14 yards for a TD at California. He had 5 tackles (1 for a loss) against Stanford, 2 tackles and 2 deflections at Colorado and a tackle for a loss against UCLA. He had 6 tackles, an interception in the end zone and a deflection against Fresno State.
2012: Shaw, who transferred to USC in the spring of 2012 from Florida as a sophomore safety, began his 2012 season with the Trojans as a strong safety but was moved to cornerback mid-season and ended up starting there. He also played on special teams. He was granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA to allow him to be eligible to compete in 2012 without having to sit out a year after transferring. Overall in 2012 while appearing in all 13 games (he started the final 7), he had 30 tackles, including 2 for losses of 3 yards, plus 6 deflections and 2 interceptions for 14 yards (7.0 avg.).
He had 1 tackles and an interceptions (returned for 14 yards) against Hawaii, 2 tackles against Syracuse, 1 tackle at Utah and 5 tackles and an interception at Washington. In his first start, he had a deflection against Colorado, then 6 tackles and a deflection at Arizona, 2 tackles against Oregon, 2 tackles for losses against Arizona State, 4 tackles and 3 deflections at UCLA and 5 tackles with a deflection against Notre Dame. He made 2 tackles against Georgia Tech.
FLORIDA: He appeared in 10 games for the Gators in 2011 as a redshirt freshman and started once. He had 22 tackles, including 1 for a loss, and had a deflection in 2011. He made 6 tackles against Auburn while starting and 4 tackles each versus Kentucky and LSU.
He played in 1 game as a true freshman early in the 2010 season, but did not make a tackle, and was allowed to redshirt the season because of a knee injury.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a 2009 Parade All-American, Under Armour All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American second team, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, All-CIF Western Division, Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team and All-Golden League MVP honoree as a senior cornerback, quarterback, running back and wide receiver at Palmdale (Calif.) High. He had 50 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 blocked field goals and an interception in 2009 on defense, as well as completed 126-of-236 passes (53.4%) for 2,279 yards with 18 TDs and rushed for 921 yards on 115 carries (8.0 avg.) with 14 TDs on offense and returned 12 kickoffs for a 35.2-yard average.
As a 2008 junior, he was an All-CIF Western Division and All-Golden League selection as he made 40 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss and 4 interceptions on defense and also had 27 catches for 443 yards with 5 TDs and 133 rushing yards and 5 TDs on just 5 carries on offense.
As a sophomore in 2007, he passed for 589 yards and 7 TDs and also ran for 3 TDs.
PERSONAL: He is a sociology major at USC. He was chosen to speak at the 2014 USC Student-Athlete Graduation Ceremony. He and 15 of his USC teammates spent 5 days in Haiti in the spring of 2012 building homes and assisting those in need.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH JOSH SHAW