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13 Days Until Florida State Football: Receiver Kenny Shaw

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Kenny Shaw is not a very large man. When it comes to route-running, however, he is a master of his craft. (Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE)
Kenny Shaw is not a very large man. When it comes to route-running, however, he is a master of his craft. (Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE)

This is the 44th in a series of articles counting down the most important players for Florida State in 2012. There are 13 days until FSU football, and that's how many are left on the list. That means no off days. Oh, and these are not in any specific order

Kenny Shaw | 6'0, 170 | Junior | Receiver

Background (Courtesy school bio)

A four-star prospect according to Rivals, which ranked Shaw as the No. 14 receiver prospect in the country, the No. 6 prospect overall in Florida and the No. 42 player nationally...also a four-star prospect according to Scout, which had him tabbed as the No. 28 wide receiver in the country...ESPN also ranked Shaw as No. 14 wide receiver and No. 92 prospect overall...SuperPrep Florida 115 ranked Shaw as the No. 21 prospect in Florida...checked in at No. 97 in Sporting News' Top 100 a senior caught 46 passes for 732 yards and nine TDs, helping Dr. Phillips to an 11-1 record...caught 64 passes for 914 yards and 10 TDs as a junior...holds school record with 122 career receptions...member of Florida Super 75 selected by the Times-Union...Bill Buchalter ranked him as the No. 9 prospect in his Florida Top 100 and No. 6 wide receiver...also heavily recruited by Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee and USF...born January 15, 1992.

Career to Date:

Kenny Shaw came to Florida State in 2010 out of Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando. Shaw garnered a four-star ranking on his way to becoming the Panthers' all-time leader in receptions, but he would only see three catches for a total of 34 yards during his freshman campaign in Tallahassee.

Shaw's slight build does not lend itself well to physicality and he doesn't have the type of natural frame that is conducive to packing on muscle mass, so he hasn't gotten a whole lot bigger since his arrival at FSU. But what Shaw lacks on the scale is countered by his quick feet, precise route running and reliable hands. He does not do well against press coverage, but his aforementioned quickness makes it tougher for defensive backs to jam him off the line. Shaw gets in and out of his breaks well, and if he gets off the line untouched he's smoother in his routes than any other receiver on the roster.

As a sophomore in 2011, Shaw saw action in all 13 games and improved his production markedly. He finished fourth on the team in receiving with 418 yards and four touchdowns on 34 receptions. He showed some real toughness after he was knocked out cold in the end zone by a helmet-to-helmet-to-helmet shot from two defenders against Oklahoma and subsequently returned the following week to snag a touchdown pass in a losing effort at Clemson.

Shaw had a very good season for the Seminoles last year on an offense that had almost zero cohesion across the offensive line and an injured EJ Manuel at quarterback for much of the year. It is easy at times to underrate him due to the amount of talent and depth that Florida State possesses at wide-out, but Shaw is a very good receiver.

Rashad Greene's play-making ability, Rodney Smith's size and experience, the presence of similarly gifted targets like Christian Green, Jarred Haggins and Greg Dent, and the hype surrounding young Kelvin Benjamin are all factors that get Shaw lost in the shuffle at times. But Bud has noted correctly in the past that he would not be a No. 3 or 4 receiver at many other schools in the nation. He understands the position and plays it well. The ’Noles are just that good at wide-out.

Shaw will likely play a lot of slot for FSU in 2012, as the team has much larger targets to line up on the outside. He'll fight for playing there against Jarred Haggins and Christian Green. He should also continue to provide a consistent target for Manuel; Shaw had four or more catches in four different games last season, and although he did not make as many explosive plays as guys like Greene did, he made some big catches to move the chains. Look no further than his four-catch, 64-yard showing in the Champs Sports Bowl for evidence.

Look for Shaw to bring more consistency and reliability for FSU this season on an offense that should have improved protection from a healthier front line that it had a season ago.

Player Countdown
Camp Coverage
Opponent Previews
57: Cason Beatty, Punter
56: Terrence Brooks, Safety
55: Dan Hicks, Tight Ends
54: Clint Trickett, Quarterback
53: Rashad Greene, Receiver
52: Austin Barron, Center
51: Everett Dawkins, Defensive Tackle
50: Tank Carradine, Defensive End
49: Devonta Freeman, Running Back
48: Christian Green, Receiver
47: Cam Erving, Offensive Tackle
46: Chad Abram, Fullback
Debrale Smiley, Fullback

45: Ronald Darby, Corner/Returner
Marvin Bracy, Receiver/Returner

44: Jarred Haggins, Receiver
43: Jacob Coker, Quarterback
42: Tre' Jackson, Guard
41: Mario Pender, Running Back
40: Giorgio Newberry, Defensive End
39: Tyler Hunter, Cornerback
38: Nick Moody, Linebacker
37: Anthony McCloud, Defensive Tackle
36: Bryan Stork, Offensive Line
35: Rodney Smith, Receiver
34: Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback
33: Jacobbi McDaniel, Defensive Tackle
32: Kevin Haplea, Tight End
31: Christian Jones, Linebacker
30: Bjoern Werner, Defensive End
29: Josue Matias, Guard
28: Terrance Smith, Linebacker
Nigel Terrell, Linebacker

27: Dustin Hopkins, Kicker
26: Brandon Jenkins, Defensive End
25: Nick O'Leary, Tight End
24: Demonte McAllister, Defensive Tackle
23: Lonnie Pryor, Fullback
22: Jacob Fahrenkrug, Offensive Line
21: Eddie Goldman, Defensive Tackle
20: Willie Haulstead, Receiver
19: Vince Williams, linebacker
18: Garrett Faircloth, Guard
17: Karlos Williams, Safety
16: Nile Lawrence-Stample, Nose Guard
15: Lamarcus Joyner, Safety
14: Chris Thompson, Running Back
13: Kenny Shaw, Receiver
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* Practice day 1
* Day 1 photo gallery
* Scholarship roster update
* Mario Pender out for year
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* Practice day 4
* Practice day 5
* Practice August 11
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* Open Practice: Report | Photos
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