LOS ANGELES – USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw injured both ankles after leaping from a second-story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, from possibly drowning in a swimming pool.
Shaw was named a team captain Saturday and later that night was attending a family function at a cousin’s apartment in his hometown of Palmdale, Calif., when he saw his nephew, who can’t swim, struggling in the water.
There reportedly was no one else around at the time. Shaw told USC’s website he instinctively jumped from the balcony onto the concrete below and crawled to the pool, where he pulled Carter to safety. Unable to step out of the pool because of the pain in his ankles, Shaw lifted himself up the ladder with his upper body.
“I would do it again for whatever kid it was; it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw told the website. “My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”
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Shaw was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with two high ankle sprains, and will be out indefinitely. He said Carter was traumatized, but physically in good shape.
“That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside,” said Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian, previously coach of the Washington Huskies. “But that’s the kind of person he is. It is unfortunate that he’ll be sidelined for a while and we will miss his leadership and play, but I know he’ll be working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible.”
Solomon to start at QB for Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. – Redshirt freshman Anu Solomon emerged from a four-way race and will be Arizona’s season-opening quarterback.
Solomon will debut against his hometown team UNLV on Friday at Arizona Stadium, though Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez said the other quarterbacks might see action.
“As I told the quarterbacks last night, it doesn’t mean he plays the whole game or he’ll be the starter the rest of the season,” Rodriguez said. “But I also don’t want any quarterback to ever go in there and think, ‘As soon as I make a mistake, I’m coming out.’ That’s not going to be the case either.”
Solomon beat out former USC quarterback Jesse Scroggins, former Louisiana State quarterback Jarrard Randall and Texas transfer Connor Brewer.
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Meadow, an 18-year-old freshman, died early Sunday. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Meadow was hospitalized for two weeks after school officials said he became disoriented after an Aug. 10 practice.
• Louisville coach Bobby Petrino announced senior wide receiver DeVante Parker will miss from six to eight weeks because of a broken left small toe, leaving the Cardinals without their top target for Monday night’s opener against Miami.
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