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Josh Shaw: USC Defensive Back Injured After Saving Drowning Nephew

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Update: USC is investigating the veracity of this story.

Josh Shaw, a senior cornerback at USC, is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain; the circumstances behind the injury are heroic. USCTrojans.com’s Jordan Moore describes:

While attending a family social function at his cousin’s apartment in his hometown of Palmdale, Shaw looked on from a second floor balcony to the pool below and saw his 7-year-old nephew, who cannot swim, in distress without help nearby.  Shaw instinctively leaped off the balcony, landing painfully on the concrete below.

He was able to crawl into the pool and ushered his nephew to safety.  Despite the intense pain in his legs, he was then able to grab the ladder and lift himself out of the pool with his upper body. Shaw’s nephew Carter is a bit “traumatized,” but physically okay.

Shaw, who had an internship in commercial real estate this summer, was listed Mel Kiper Jr.’s no. 2-ranked cornerback (Insider subscription required) in the 2015 Draft this past June.

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