"He gives a big guy that's good, instinctive--a power punch guy that's a run player," Steele said. "That's a positive."
Heading into his first year on campus, Shuey wasn't sure what was going to happen, whether he would play as a freshman or wear a red-shirt. One thing was for sure, he wanted to play
"I was hoping to be able to come in and play right away. Once I found out I was going to red-shirt, I was kind of happy after talking to some former players," he said.
Out of Charlotte's South Mecklenburg High School, Shuey was rated by Scout.com as a three-star defensive end, but that's not the position he wanted as a Tiger. He envisions himself as a linebacker.
Out of Charlotte's South Mecklenburg High School, Shuey was rated by Scout.com as a three-star defensive end, but that's not the position he wanted as a Tiger. (Roy Philpott)
"They also told me that if I got too big, they'd try me out at defensive end. I lost a bunch of weight before I reported here," he said. "I lost about 20-25 pounds because I had my hopes of staying at linebacker."
When he arrived on campus, Shuey weighed about 235, and now he's up around 245. He believes he's picked up a step or two over the past few months.
"We've done a lot of squats and a lot of leg things that I never did in high school. I think that's helped me get a lot stronger and faster, as well," he said.
Appreciative of his role on the scout team this fall, Shuey said he's used the time as his "platform" in his push for playing time this spring.
"(Playing on scout team) lets the coaches know that I'm not lazy and they'll know what I'm capable of," he said.
Shuey said he respects Brandon Maye, but at the same time, he's shooting for the starting MIKE spot.
"Brandon is a great player. I'm definitely going to work for it. I'm not going to let him hold me back. I'm definitely not going to battle for second place. I'm definitely battling for first," Shuey said. "We'll see what happens during spring."
Whether he ends up on the field or not remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, Steele will be watching. From the sound of it, his fall campaign has made an impression.
"He's shown some flashes that say this will be fun to see what he can do," Steele said.