September 13, 2006

Shaw adjusting to DE

Tim Shaw like many other Nittany Lions who have come and gone before him have experienced at least one position change during their time in Happy Valley.

But if someone had told Shaw, a true freshman tailback in 2002, that he would be playing defensive end his senior season, he said he would have laughed in their face.

Now 22 years old and one the veteran players on Penn State's roster, Shaw is not looking at the latest move as a demotion, but rather as a way to be still able to make plays on the field.

"You realize bottom line is you gotta do what you gotta do to get on the field," he said. "For me at first I was at linebacker, now it's defensive end. You grow up and you realize you just want to play."

Shaw was informed of the coaching staff's intentions to switch him to defensive end at the beginning of the preseason, but he said they never told him the reasoning behind the move. Looking at the depth chart, the change could have been two-fold. One, Penn State was very thin at defensive end with Josh Gaines and Jim Shaw as its only two players with game experience prior to the season. Two, there was a wealth of talent at linebacker especially with the emergence of Sean Lee during the Orange Bowl.

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