Jonathan Shaub to redshirt

Vandy junior defensive back Jonathan Shaub will take a medical redshirt for the 2001 season, VandyNation has learned. He hopes to return in 2002 and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Shaub, who started 5 games at free safety in 2000 and had one interception, is scheduled for shoulder surgery next Wednesday, August 8.  He re-injured his shoulder in Vanderbilt's spring game, and the shoulder has not responded to intensive rehabliltation.  The surgery will be performed by Eric McCarty of Vanderbilt Sports Medicine.

"Jonathan has spoken with all of the pertinent coaches, and they, including Woody, have offered their full support of whatever decision he makes," said Shaub's father, David Shaub of Brentwood.  "Jonathan is certainly disappointed, but resigned to wait for another healthy shot at competing and contributing."

Shaub previously had surgery on his left shoulder in December, 1999 after his freshman season.  The recovery from that surgery was particularly traumatic, said Shaub's father.  "His shoulder was immobilized 24 hours a day for a month afterwards," he said.

Shaub, a 6-1 201-pounder, was listed as the backup to junior Justin Giboney at free safety in the spring.   A highly decorated prep star from Nashville's David Lipscomb High School, he figured strongly in the mix for playing time at both safety positions before his injury became apparent.

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