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April 4, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Shaw glad to be back

I was getting ready to post a link to my story that will run in tomorrow’s paper on Curtis Shaw when I peaked over to Coach Sark’s Twitter page and saw that he also thought Shaw had a pretty good day.
The coach named Shaw as his offensive player of the day, linebacker Donald Butler earning that honor for defense.
I guess great minds think alike.
Anyway, here’s my story on Shaw and his return to the team this spring after sitting out last fall.
Shaw was known for being kind of quiet during his freshman year in 2007. But he was a more-than-gracious interview subject today, seeming a lot more comfortable as he talked for a few minutes in a group session before also talking away from the crowd for a little while. It’s a reminder again not to forget that these guys can mature a lot during their college lives, one thing that should help this team going forward with so many young players on the roster.
“It feels good go be back,” he said after his practice today, which included about a 40-yard run or so in an early team period on the East practice field.
Shaw had played as a true freshman in 2007 so sitting out last season serves in essence as a redshirt season.
Shaw said he thinks that will prove to be a blessing in disguise for his football career. “I think that helped me out a lot,” he said. “While I was at home that gave me a chance to build my muscles and develop more into a running back.”
And Shaw also echoed the thoughts of coach Steve Sarkisian, who said that he thinks Shaw’s time as a WR will now help his versatility. Shaw said he still expects to get split out from time to time as a receiver but can also put those skills to use as an RB.
“It kind of gave me an advantage this year because I’m actually playing both,” he said. “I’m out there in slot, at the edge. I can play both because I have a lot of speed. So I think it worked out for the best.”
There are seven tailbacks on the roster right now, but Shaw and Chris Polk can also be used as receivers. As mentioned in the story, Sarkisian says that for now, the team will just let the players battle it out and any decisions are a long ways off. Sarkisian said that the key will be giving each of the backs a fair shot, putting them all in equal situations to show what they can do.
Said Shaw: “It’s a lot of competition. Everybody is just doing their best to see who can get that No. 1 spot.”

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