Joshua Shaw (6-1/180) is a do it all player for his Palmdale Falcons. He lines up full time at quarterback, safety, and return man, and he sees some time at cornerback as well depending on the offensive formation.
On the defensive side of the ball, Shaw is a solid tackler with excellent
closing speed attacking the line of scrimmage or moving laterally towards the
sidelines. When he's at corner, his size and physical presence make him
outstanding in bump and run coverage as he excels in jamming the receiver. He's
not as adept in a deep scheme where he would have to flip his hips and run down
the field with a receiver, but if he has the short third of the field in zone
coverage, he's outstanding.
As he keeps growing, it's not hard to picture him lining up at free safety on
the next level, depending on what he's asked to do at Florida.
On the offensive side of the ball it's not surprising to find the best athlete
on the field also playing quarterback. What was surprising was how well Shaw
could throw the ball. Typically a player that throws for over 2,000 yards, as
Shaw has this year, there is at least some talk of him playing quarterback on
the next level.
Shaw isn't going to ever be confused with Tom Brady, but he throws the ball
better than several D1 quarterbacks I saw this year in college. Still, it's when
he takes off and runs the ball that he begins to shine. He has excellent
acceleration and top end speed. Like most great athletes Shaw has good balance
enabling him to go around, through and sometimes above would be tacklers while
keeping his feet.
Palmdale was eliminated from the playoffs by Mira Costa on Saturday night, but
Shaw had plenty of opportunities to show off his athleticism, and Scout.com was
there to bring you nearly 5 minutes of highlights from this single game.
#2 ATH Joshua Shaw - 12/5/09
*ScoutTV is included with your subscription
to FightinGators.com. If you haven't
signed up yet, take advantage of our 7-Day
Free Trial to check out all of the Florida Gator news and inside scoop.
Future Gator Joshua Shaw in Action
Fightin Gators Top Stories
Franz Beard's Thoughts of the Day; Oct. 25A few thoughts to jump start your Tuesday morning...
Fightin Gators9:12 PM
Del Rio ready for trip back homeMost Gators really look forward to the Florida-Georgia rivalry in Jacksonville, but it is exceptionally special this year to Gator quarterback Luke Del Rio.
Fightin Gators8:47 PM
Gators working diligently on offenseWith the bye week last week, Florida head coach Jim McElwain was able to get his offense some much needed work on the little things. Penalties and red zone miscues were big for…
Fightin Gators11:11 AM
No. 4 CB Considering a Trip to Florida?JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Ohio State pledge Shaun Wade has taken one official, however, has three more in mind. Scout's No. 4 cornerback discusses which of his suitors remain.
Scout Football11:04 AM
Prognosis looking better for injured GatorsThe bye week may have come at a terrific time for the Florida Gators. Banged up in the front seven on defense, Florida head coach Jim McElwain indicated Monday that there is a…
Fightin Gators9:31 AM