USC safety Josh Shaw has skills on field, in kitchen
JUL 09, 2013 2:44p ET
Once upon a time, Shaw would reach out to his mom often for cooking tips.
"My mom's a great cook," he said. "If I don't know (how to do something) I'll call her on the phone and she'll walk me through it."
Those phone calls are virtually non-existent these days. Shaw has found a formula that works and has allowed him to make an impact in the kitchen.
The USC defensive back has added nearly 15 pounds of muscle this summer. In order to keep the weight on, he's put himself on a strict diet, one he's able to execute without needing to phone home for instructions.
"It's probably been a while (since I had to call for help) because I got my little routine going," he said. "I haven't really tried nothing new (lately)."
Shaw eats five meals a day, most of which he prepares on his own.
Breakfast normally consists of wheat pancakes and turkey bacon along with some supplements for carbs.
As dinner approaches, it turns into an episode of Shaw vs. grill. The USC defensive back is happy to add, he's winning.
The Shaw specialty is grilled chicken breasts with asparagus and a baked potato with butter and sour cream.
"I try to eat a lot of white meat protein," he said. "I'm always on the grill getting some chicken breasts."
In addition to his diet, Shaw is working out twice a day, and that does not include the days he helps out with the family landscaping business in Palmdale, which he admits is quite a workout in its own right.
"Last time it was 112 (degrees) out there cutting (lawns)," he said. "It gets hot."
The redshirt junior will be entering his second season at USC after transferring from Florida and has set lofty goals for the 2013 season.
"I want to be an All-American," he said. "I want to shock a lot of people."
He's now up to 205 pounds which is a weight he says he will be comfortable playing at once the season starts. Shaw says despite adding the extra pounds, he's been able to maintain his speed.
Shaw has quickly become a pivotal part to the USC secondary and one its most versatile pieces.
It's a crowded secondary at the safety position, but Shaw loves that about his team.
"I embrace it," Shaw said. "It's a new challenge back here playing safety. We got a lot of guys that can play at a lot of Division I schools. It's definitely going to be a lot of competition every day."
By the end of spring practice, new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast couldn't stop saying enough good things about Shaw. As spring drills wrapped up, Pendergast said Shaw is "a guy you want in your top 11." He hopes Pendergast feels the same way once fall camp concludes.
In the meantime, Shaw's biggest opponent will be the grill.
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