USC Trojans Football: Defensive Back Josh Shaw's Heroic Act

By Jeff Hauser
Oct 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USC Trojans safety Josh Shaw (6) tries to get the crowd going during the third quarter of the Trojans 19-3 win over the Utah Utes at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

USC Trojans defensive back Josh Shaw will be sidelined indefinitely with two high ankle sprains after jumping over a two-story balcony to save his relative out of a swimming pool. Shaw was attending a family function on Saturday night when he noticed his seven-year-old nephew was in distress and could not swim.

Shaw sprung into action quickly and landed on concrete before crawling to the pool to the aide of his nephew. Shaw was named a senior captain for the Trojans this season at USC’s annual Salute to Troy dinner shortly before the accident on Saturday. Shaw told USC’s website, “I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew. My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”

The Trojans will have to find a solid replacement for Shaw for the time being. Redshirt freshman Chris Hawkins is listed as the backup on the depth chart along with star freshman recruit Adoree’ Jackson. USC will have less than a week to name an official starter with the season opener against the Fresno State Bulldogs just around the corner.

Trojans Head Coach Steve Sarkasian told the school’s website, “That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside, but that’s the kind of person he is. It is unfortunate that he’ll be sidelined for a while and we will miss his leadership and play, but I know he’ll be working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible.”

The Trojans hope to get Shaw back some time in the season and will notice a significant difference without him.

Jeff Hauser is a Pac-12 football contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @radiohauser.

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