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A year after becoming one of four new starters on the offensive line, John Shaw will enter the 2007 campaign as one of the veterans up front. He grabbed ahold of the assignment at right tackle and made steady progress until a sprained ankle sidelined him for the last two regular-season games. The former Spring Grove HS standout is a physical player with good size, skills and strength. A defensive tackle during his initial two seasons with the Nittany Lions, Shaw was shifted to offense prior to the 2005 campaign, but did not play and was able to redshirt. After starting 10 games at right tackle last year, Shaw played tackle and right guard during spring drills and emerged as the top candidate at the position. He may very well be the only senior starter on the O-Line and will be looked to for leadership along with center A.Q. Shipley. Shaw is on schedule to earn his degree in December. His brother, Jim, was a defensive end for the Nittany Lions in 2005 and '06, after transferring from Rice.
2006 Senior Season
Shaw started the initial 10 games at right tackle before being sidelined with a sprained ankle at Wisconsin. He did not play in the last two regular-season games, but played in the Outback Bowl win over Tennessee. Shaw was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions rush for a season-high 389 yards against Youngstown State, their highest total in four years, and gain 233 yards rushing against Northwestern. At Purdue, Shaw and the O-Line paved the way for 240 yards on the ground, as the Lions recorded four 200-yard rushing games during the season. Shaw helped Tony Hunt become just the sixth Nittany Lion to compile a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons, finishing second in Penn State career rushing with 3,320 yards. Shaw was on the field for 710 snaps, led by 88 against Purdue.
2005 Junior Season
Shaw began the season at tackle, but was shifted to defensive tackle as the season progressed. With an eye to the future, the coaching staff held him out of competition and Shaw took a redshirt year.
2004 Sophomore Season
Shaw played five games at tackle for the Nittany Lions' Top 10 defense, serving as the top reserve to Scott Paxson. He made one assisted tackle during his action against Akron, UCF, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State.
2003 Freshman Season
Shaw did not play in the initial five games, but the abilities he was demonstrating in practice as well as injuries along the line brought on his collegiate debut against Wisconsin. He posted two tackles against the Badgers. Shaw played in the final seven games of the season and a total of 73 plays, topped by 29 snaps against Indiana and 17 in the Ohio State game. He was one of four true freshmen to see action.
Shaw was a three-year starter for Coach Greg Trone at Spring Grove HS. He recorded more than 100 tackles and nine sacks as a senior and made 11 sacks in his junior campaign. Shaw was a Tom Lemming All-American and Associated Press first-team all-state pick as a senior. G&W Recruiting Report named him the eighth-best player in the Northeast and one of the top 50 defensive prospects in the country. SuperPrep tabbed him the sixth-best player in Pennsylvania and Rivals.com ranked him one of the top 20 defensive linemen in the country.
Full name is John Alden Shaw. He is the son of James and Patricia Shaw and has two brothers and four sisters. One older brother, Jim, was a defensive lineman for the Nittany Lions in 2005 and '06 after playing at Rice his initial two seasons. Shaw is enrolled in the recreation, park and tourism management program. Born February 22, 1985