RB Shaw having 'outstanding camp' for Bulls
Senior Marcus Shaw went into fall camp as the player to beat for USF's starting running back job, but facing challenges from younger players, including a pair of true freshmen. But Bulls coach Willie Taggart said Wednesday that Shaw continues to show coaches he's ready to take on a major role when the season starts Aug. 31 against McNeese State.
"Shaw's having an outstanding camp. He really looked good today," Taggart said by phone. "He's come around. I remember recruiting Shaw when we were at Western Kentucky, and he's starting to remind us of the guy we all thought he could be. The kid is stronger than what you think -- he's a little guy but he's really strong around the ball, really hard."
Shaw is a small back, listed at 5-foot-9, 178 pounds -- that's actually down 9 pounds from his listed weight last year -- but Taggart said he can be a primary back as long as the Bulls are aware of his size in how they use him.
"We just have to be smart -- we can't ask him to do everything we'd want big guys to do," Taggart said. "We have to be smart, pretty much be a running back by committee. I like Shaw because he can run. He can go. When he gets out, he can go the distance. We'll also use him in the passing game."
Taggart has had praise this fall for Shaw's top backup entering camp, junior Mike Pierre, who redshirted last fall, and for freshmen Darius Tice and Sta'fon McCray, who are making a case to play immediately this fall.
"Sta'fon McCray ran the ball hard, Mike Pierre did some really good things, cutting and running the ball hard," Taggart said of Wednesday's scrimmage.