UW sophomore receiver Curtis Shaw left the team today for personal reasons and it was expected that he could miss the season, university officials said today

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UW sophomore receiver Curtis Shaw left the team today for personal reasons, the school said in a statement.

“The opportunity will be here for him to return once his family issues have been resolved,” said UW coach Tyrone Willingham in the statement. “For the time being, that needs to be his focus.”

A school spokesman, however, said it was not expected that Shaw would return any time soon and could miss the season.

The departure further depletes an already inexperienced receiver position.

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Shaw was one of just two returning scholarship receivers to have played in a game, making five catches for 47 yards last season.

Shaw, from Stockton, Calif., played in all 13 games as a true freshman last season, serving as a tailback, wide receiver and kickoff returner for the Huskies.

Shaw was one of seven true freshmen to play last season, initially coming to UW as a running back before switching to WR at midseason. He had four receptions for 46 yards against Oregon State late in the season. He was regarded as one of the fastest players on the team, running a 10.54-second 100 meters as a high school senior.

His departure means the only UW receiver with any playing experience is sophomore D’Andre Goodwin, who had six catches for 29 yards last season. The Huskies will otherwise depend on true or redshirt freshmen at the spot, or walk-ons, as they attempt to replace five seniors from last year’s squad.

Shaw participated in UW’s practice this morning before informing coaches of his decision this afternoon.

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