Shaw returns to GSU

Randall Hampton

Jaybo Shaw, one of Georgia Southern University’s sons, has returned in a new role as a graduate assistant coach.

The 23-year-old last put on the pads for GSU in 2011 when he helped the Eagles win their first regular season Southern Conference title since 2004.

Shaw’s contributions are still fresh in the minds of GSU fans but Shaw’s playing days are behind him.

“Oh no,” Shaw said. “I don’t think my old body could take it any more.”

His main job will be assisting running backs coach Lamont Seward, but head coach Jeff Monken believes Shaw’s influence from the sideline can provide a unique form of leadership.

“He’s a special kid, a special man,” Monken said. “I think he’ll be able to provide some leadership differently than the rest of our coaches can because a lot of these guys are really close to him.”

One of those closest to Shaw is senior starting quarterback Jerick Mckinnon.  He backed up Shaw and used the opportunity to enhance his own game.

“I learned how to manage a game, being vocal, voicing your opinion, watching film, learning to understand the offense inside out from the five offensive linemen to the wide receivers,” McKinnon said. “I just tried to pick his mind and learn as much as I could.”

Now Shaw steps into the mentor role full time where his humility will serve him well.

“Those guys are great players,” Shaw said. “They’re a lot faster than I was. But any way I can help I’d be more than glad to.”