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Shaw studying to become an Eagle
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Quarterback Jaybo Shaw, who recently completed his transfer from Georgia Tech to Georgia Southern, stalked the sidelines during practice Thursday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

            Jaybo Shaw is a man without a team right now.

            A silent observer at Thursday’s and Saturday’s practices at Beautiful Eagle Creek, all he can do is sit back and watch.

            As the two-year Yellow Jacket completes his final semester at Georgia Tech and prepares to transfer to Georgia Southern in the summer, he’s been keeping fresh by doing some studying on his own.

            “I’ve still got cut ups since I was at Tech,” he said at Saturday’s practice. “I’ve been watching film, I’ve got my notebooks, my notes, my playbook, so I just try to stay on top of it and keep running and lifting so I stay in shape.”

            Shaw, who appeared in 13 games in his two years at Tech, has spent the last four days visiting during his spring break and getting to know his future roommates, the team and the campus – one of the reasons he chose to come to GSU.

            “There were a bunch of them, to be honest,” he said. “The school, coach (Jeff) Monken and the coaching staff, playing wise, I couldn’t pass it up. Being a part of this program is great. I got to see all the facilities and the national championship trophies and (I hear) about Erk Russell and all the tradition. I just couldn’t be more excited to be down here, and I think it’s going to be a great fit.”

            Shaw, who will compete with four current quarterbacks and three incoming freshmen for the starting job, knows what it’s like to learn the triple-option offense and likes what he’s seen out of the team.

            “They’re hard working, I can tell that,” he said. “They’re getting a lot of stuff thrown at them right now, and they’re taking it well.”


            Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.