May 5, 2009

Shaw bulks up for new season

Georgia Tech backup quarterback Jaybo Shaw got a chance to be the top quarterback in the spring game when starter Josh Nesbitt was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Shaw enjoyed running the first team offense during the spring game even if he was not always satisfied with his own performance.

"It was fun. I fumbled twice and I did not run the offense as crisp as I wanted to, but it was a lot of fun," he said. "Anytime you get to go against the number one defense you have to be on your 'A' game. Of course, I went out there to be perfect and that is what you always shoot for, but you have to put the fumbles out of your mind and keep leading the offense."

Looking back at his performance, Shaw was pleased with the overall offensive production on the day.

"Of course I missed some of the reads," Shaw said. "I try to hit every read on every play. I missed some and that defense was flying around. They always do. I missed some and I got some right, but that is something I need to get better at. I need to get more efficient on the reads as well."

The biggest difference for Shaw this spring compared to the end of last season is the amount of weight has added to his frame. Shaw went from 182 pounds to 198 pounds between the bowl game and the start of spring camp.

"I need to learn to play at this weight," Shaw said after the T-day game. "Going through a whole game I could really tell I put on that extra weight and I have to learn to carry it.

Adding weight helped alleviate some of the hits Yellow Jacket defenders gave him during the scrimmage.

"The good side is the hits do not hurt as bad and you are able to absorb them better, but they are always going to sting," Shaw said of his change in weight. "I get tired pretty quick right now. I have to work on that over the summer because I do not want to loose this weight and be back where I was at the bowl game because that was miserable."

Shaw is not done with his body modification. He wants add more muscle, but overall he is enjoying his new playing weight.

"I really need to learn to play at this weight and put on more muscle," he said. "Breaking tackles and throwing the ball, I feel a lot better and more confident knowing I can take a hit and maybe run through it. That is definitely a plus."

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