Shaw began his Nittany Lion career on offense in the backfield, but moved to linebacker after just one season. After redshirting in 2003, Shaw earned a starting job at linebacker and finished the year with 50 tackles, with 1.5 of them coming for loss, along with one interception. As a junior, Shaw became more of a factor, finishing the year with 76 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and 4.5 sacks. As a senior he was forced to play as a defensive end, and it limited him to just 44 tackles, eight for loss, and seven sacks.
Shaw has taken quickly to linebacker and can only get better. He earned a starting job at Linebacker U in his first year on defense, and that is a testament to his toughness and intelligence. He is always around the ball and is not afraid to stick his nose into the mess of lineman. Shaw is very active and does not give up on any plays. He also brings experience at both inside and outside linebacker, and has the ability to play on special teams.
Even though he has taken to defense very quickly, Shaw doesn’t possess any true standout physical traits. He ran a 4.51 at the combine, but doesn’t play quite that fast on the field.
Shaw is an interesting player. He’s played ILB, OLB, and DE despite having only average size. He will have to find a home as a special teamer initially, but as he continues to get experience at linebacker, he could surprise some in the future. He is only a second day prospect at this point, but his versatility could make him a solid backup in the NFL.