2 Minute Drill with Josh Shaw

One of Idaho's most versatile defensive linemen, true sophomore JOSH SHAW (6-2, 255) prepares for Saturday's matchup at Michigan State. Listed as the starter at strongside defensive end, he's played both DT and DE throughout spring and fall drills. A graduate of Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Shaw is coming off an outstanding true freshman season with big expectations for 2006.

Josh Shaw signed with the University of Idaho in February of 2005 and saw immediate playing time as a true freshman backup defensive end in the season opener against Washington State. Prior to jumpstarting his career at Idaho, Josh had an impressive high school career.

Shaw has added 25 pounds to his 6-2 frame in the last year and is currently playing at a solid 255 pounds.
As a senior at Lewis & Clark High School (Spokane, Wash.), Shaw was listed by The Seattle Times as a preseason TOP 10 prospect and a RED CHIP prospect in the state of Washington. Scout.com also ranked him the #58 tightend in the country.

Despite being moved from defensive end to linebacker at the beginning of his senior season, he was named a second team All-Greater Spokane League linebacker. The year prior, as a junior he had been named a First Team All-GSL selection as a DE. He was voted his team's "Best Hitter" and played in Washington's All Star game.

Coming in as a 6-2, 230 pound prospect last fall, Josh began filling out his frame almost immediately. He played the 2005 season as Idaho's #1 backup strongside defensive end behind senior Mike Bonelli, seeing significant time in 6 games and recording 5 tackles on the season.

Shaw will start for Idaho at defensive end against Michigan State.
Although the numbers weren't flashy, Josh's performance on the field set the stage for what should be a solid career for the Vandals. He's continuing to add muscle mass and this fall tips the scales at a solid 255 pounds. His most natural position is strongside end, but he can slide inside to tackle when needed. He's seen significant playing time in both the spring and fall camps at both positions, and he gives the Vandal D a level of versatility that has been lacking in recent years.

As one of the biggest and most powerful defensive ends on the team (he came to Idaho with a 320 bench, 4.6-40, 11.2-100 - he ran the 100 and 200 throughout his highschool career), he also is emerging as a leader up front. Shaw is definitely one of several 2006 Vandals we will be watching closely this fall.

VandalVenue.com writer GAYLEN WOOD caught up with Josh late last week and files this report.

VV: Josh, you saw significant playing time last year as a true freshman, and this year you could be a starter either at defensive end or defensive tackle. Could you tell us what are your expectations for you yourself and for the defense this fall?

JS: The expectation for myself is to make one out of every four plays out there, and have an impact on the defense. And really, you know, be a good defensive player. For the defense as a whole we expect to be the best. We expect to be the greatest, the hardest working defense in our conference.

VV: I noticed today in practice that you had a lot of guys on the ball. Is that intentional on every play?

JS: Yeah. We're trying to get 11 guys to the football, like any good defense would try and emphasize 11 guys to the football...swarm.

Shaw has worked at both DT and DE for the Vandals this spring and fall.
VV: Last year you played defensive end, and this spring and fall you've seen a lot of time at defensive tackle. What are some of the strengths of your game personally, and what position do you think you do best? JS: Well, some of the things I do best, I think, is pass rush because I'm not a heavier guy. I'm a lighter, quicker guy, and most offensive guys are a little heavier; so I'm usually able to beat them on the edge with my speed. I think I might play end better because it was what I played in high school, and that's what I was recruited to play here.

VV: What are some of the reasons you chose to play here at Idaho when you signed with the Vandals in 2005?

JS: Well, because Coach Holt came to my house and he talked to me. He told me he was going to get this program turned around and going the right way, and I wanted to be part of something special. We're going to win ... we're going to win WAC championships. We're going to win ball games, and I like the challenge.

VV: Okay, great. Thanks a lot, Josh.

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