September 30, 2011

Insider Report: Shaw bounces back

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It was the only time all night that you could hear yourself think inside Doak Campbell stadium, as a silence fell over the crowd of 84, 392 in attendance for a top-five matchup between Florida State and Oklahoma.

FSU receiver Kenny Shaw, who was on his way to career day with two early catches for 22 yards, lie motionless in the endzone after being sandwiched by two Sooners defenders on a vicious hit.

Shaw was taken of the field on a stretcher and rushed to a local hospital after being knocked unconscious before hitting the ground. Miraculously though he suffered no long term damage, and was even able to return to the sidelines for the end of game.

At first Shaw tried to avoid watching the hit on film, but due to the number times it kept popping up on the highlight reels he was forced to watch it.

"When I see it, I just thank God that I was able to get back up," he said of watching the hit on television.

Less than four days later he was able to return to practice at full speed, and play a week a later against Clemson.

"When he came out and practiced last week, when he finally got out there I was like 'You just made me a happy man,'" quarterback Clint Trickett, who was making his first career start, said. "It's good having back out there, he's one of my more closer friends on the team so it's good as a friend to see him out there, but also as a player."

Against the Tigers, Shaw made Trickett an even happier man as he caught two passes for 20 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown.

Despite taking such a vicious hit, Shaw was determined to get back on the field in time to play in the conference opener. Once he was cleared to go full speed on Thursday leading up to the game, he knew he would be able to play, he was just unsure of how many reps.

"It felt good being back out there," Shaw said. "Waiting, not even practicing, (watching) the guys working hard, I just wanted to get back out there, and it felt good getting back in the endzone."

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