Shaw talks rivalry

At then end of Joslin Shaw's freshman season, he took his first trip to The Swamp. No, he didn't play, but he can remember the game perfectly. FSU trailed 31-34 with just over a minute left when they converted a 4th and 14 followed by a 52 yard game winning touchdown from Chris Rix to P.K. Sam. Following practice, Shaw took the time to talk about the rivalry and what it means to him.

Joslin Shaw was sidelined the first few games due to being tied up with the NCAA. He has since come back and done a good job of finishing his career the way he planned to. "It's good any time you can get back with the team and contribute. That really makes a difference to me and I think the team as well. It's just great being back out here. I love this sport and this team so it's just great to be back."

Shaw grew up a Florida State and knows the importance of this rivalry. The ‘Noles have been on the losing end of this game the past three years but Shaw is looking to help change that. "Being a Florida State fan ever since I can remember, this rivalry means a lot man. It's about tradition. You just want to keep the tradition going. You just want to dominate the Gators like the players in the past did. This game, it means a lot."

With exception of Shaw and a few other 5th year seniors, the majority of this Florida State team has never beaten the Gators. Shaw is hoping to do all that he can this weekend to make sure every player on this current FSU roster can say they have beaten the Gators. "Any time we play Florida, it's important to go out and try to win the game. It's very important to all of us to go out there and win this week. It's important to all of us, but I especially wouldn't want to be one of those people that leave Florida State without being able to say they've beaten Florida. So yeah, that would hurt. It just shows how important it is for all of us to win this game."

Last week as Preston Parker took over the role as running back, Shaw saw a very increased role both in the kick return game and one the field at wide out. With the game plan still not finalized Shaw is ready for anything the team may need from him. "I've been stepping in during practice and taking over some of Preston's roles while he's over working with the running backs. I'm still not sure what my role will be exactly but I'm ready for anything."

With this being the final time Shaw will ever suit up against the Gators, he is planning on making the most of it. "This is my last chance to beat them. The last thing I want is to leave here having lost to them in my final game against them. I just need to take care of business every play I'm in there and the rest will take care of itself."

2003 marks the last win by a Seminole team against the Gators when the ‘Noles snuck out of The Swamp with a 38-34 victory. Shaw and the ‘Noles will head in to the game looking to back up the talk by Geno Hayes and bring Tebow and the Gators down.




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