USC’s Josh Shaw saves his nephew in swimming pool, sprains both ankles

Josh Shaw, a fifth-year senior cornerback who was named a team captain for USC on Saturday, likely will miss the beginning of the season because of injury. He has a pretty strong excuse.

Just hours after ascending to the captaincy, Shaw was attending a family function. We’ll let Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times take it from here:

Shaw suffered two high-ankle sprains Saturday night after he leaped from a second-story balcony to come to the aid of a 7-year-old nephew who cannot swim, USC said Monday. Shaw, who was attending a family function at an apartment in Palmdale, landed on concrete and then crawled into the pool to assist his nephew, the school said.

“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw told USC’s website. “My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”

Shaw’s father told Klein that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Shaw tried to play Saturday in the Trojans’ season opener against Fresno State, though the school said Shaw is out “indefinitely,” per a news release.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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