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Perseverance makes Shaw a receiving threat

By BRIAN LANDMANO
Published October 31, 2005


TALLAHASSEE - Although Joslin Shaw played running back at Plant City, Florida State sought another receiver and decided to take the chance he could make the move.

Shaw struggled at first. After redshirting as a freshman in 2003, he appeared in only two games last season and didn't have a reception.

"This year, he began to break through," coach Bobby Bowden said Sunday.

He had two catches for 16 yards Saturday against Maryland, showing his speed, ability to run and, oh, yeah, his hands. Just as impressive has been his downfield blocking. He helped clear the way for quarterback Drew Weatherford 's go-ahead touchdown run in the 35-27 victory.

"The whole time I've been trying to do things to get the confidence of the coaches," Shaw said. "Throwing a block is part of it."

It's working.

"He's a guy who has earned his way in there," Bowden said.

"I love it when any underdog goes out there (after) he's waited his turn, he's never complained that it's bothered him all this time that he's not played more than he has, he gets his shot and he's taken full advantage of the opportunity," added receivers coach and offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden . "So personally, I couldn't be happier for him."

ALL-STAR TO BE: Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley , the former Chamberlain High star, said he has been invited to the Senior Bowl on Jan.28 along with linebacker A.J. Nicholson , safety Pat Watkins and defensive end Kamerion Wimbley .

"You can't be anything but happy," Bunkley said. "It's the biggest all-star game and you get to work for NFL coaches. ... But that's a ways down the line. We've still got a lot of games."

ROUSE UPDATE: Freshman receiver Fred Rouse , who missed the Duke game while serving a suspension for a violation of undisclosed team rules that may or may not have involved a sideline tantrum, didn't play against Maryland. Bobby Bowden said Rouse wasn't in the "dog house," he merely got a bit behind when he was out for a week.