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<b>Joslin Shaw</b> was considered one of the nation's top athletes at Plant City High School, where he played running back and defensive back. Following a switch to receiver and a redshirt season at Florida State, Shaw is eager to help make a difference as the Seminoles continue summer conditioning drills in preparation for the start of two-a-day practices next month. FSU, of course, must replace <b>P.K. Sam</b> (pictured) on the edges this year.

Joslin Shaw has spent his entire summer in Tallahassee, taking classes and working out as Florida State continues its summer conditioning drills.

As Shaw prepared for Thursday's workout, it was obvious he feels much more comfortable. Soft-spoken yet confident, a shy smile spread across Shaw's face when talking about the upcoming season.

"I've been up here for both sessions," said Shaw, a redshirt freshman.

"I took six hours the first half and three this half. I've been busy but I feel good."

The 5-foot-11 Shaw is built solidly, a chiseled 188 pounds -- up nearly 10 pounds from a year ago when he signed with FSU out of Plant City High School.

Shaw registered 307 pounds on the bench and 420 in the squat in recent testing. Despite improving on both marks, Shaw wasn't pleased with his effort.

"Neither improved like I wanted it, too," Shaw said. "That first semester I was concentrating more on my grades. But I feel a lot more comfortable."

With good reason.

Shaw played defensive back and running back in high school, rushing for 1,396 yards during his senior season to earn third-team All-State honors. After arriving at FSU, the speedy and athletic Shaw was moved to wide receiver as planned."

"Coming from running took me at least a year to really get comfortable with that," Shaw said. "I feel a lot more comfortable. My first year went by really quick. I am going on my second year and I almost can't believe it."

Shaw said he has been concentrating on his footwork, route-running and mechanics this summer.

FSU's receiving corps are expected to be a team strength despite the early departure of P.K. Sam to the NFL. Younger brother Lorne Sam continues to recover from a recent foot injury suffered while running pass routes. He remains in a walking boot.

Shaw is currently at split end behind Chauncey Stovall and Willie Reid. Shaw also hopes to contribute on special teams as well.

"As far as talent, I don't think there's any better talent than what we have (at receiver)," Shaw said.

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