EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough is a big fan of USF running back Marcus Shaw.
The Spartan senior standout was impressed by Shaw's solid rushing against one of the best defenses in the nation.
Shaw, a 5-foot-9, 178-pound senior, ran for 94 yards on 23 carries and was the bright spot of USF's offense in Saturday's 21-6 loss against MSU at Spartan Stadium.
Shaw's longest gain was 24 yards in the second quarter and he was a threat for most of the game.
A week ago, Michigan State (2-0) held Western Michigan to 11 yards rushing in 27 attempts in a season-opening 26-13 victory.
"He's good. He's a quick, little back and a smaller guy, but he knows how to find an opening," Bullough said of Shaw. "And he never stops, whether it's talking (on the field) or carrying the ball. But it's all in fun.
"He was a problem for us, and he will be a problem the rest of the year against other teams."
Shaw, who gained 145 yards on 12 carries in last week's disappointing 53-21 opening loss against McNeese State, was the Bulls' most effective weapon against MSU.
"Marcus is getting better each week. He's a very good running back," USF coach Willie Taggart said. "He's stronger than what you think. You look at him and he's a little guy, but he's really strong. He makes good cuts and has good vision.
"I thought he ran the ball well but we just didn't do a good job (blocking) up front. We started out and had some creases but we didn't hold up well up front."
Shaw showed he was determined to have success against Michigan State's standout defense.
"I thought I did a pretty good job, but it would have felt better if we had won. I like winning," Shaw said. "I watched the film (of the MSU defense). I watched No. 40 (Bullough). He's the big key."
Shaw said he's confident the Bulls' offense will improve its execution in the weeks ahead.
"I wouldn't call it frustrating because I have faith in my coach," he said of inconsistency during Saturday's loss. "It'll just take time. We're just trying to get better every week."
Like Bullough, USF quarterback Bobby Eveld is also a fan of Shaw.
"Marcus is running the ball well. He always runs the ball with incredible effort," Eveld said. "Some of the spins and moves he makes are inhuman."