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Kenny Shaw Happy to Fly Below Your Radar

The Florida State fanbase loves its wide receivers.


After all Fred Biletnikoff himself, the namesake of the trophy given annually to the nation's top receiver, was a Seminole. Peter Warrick is perhaps one of the most well-remembered Seminoles of all-time. Florida State loves its receivers and they gravitate to certain ones as if they're magnetic.

Kelvin Benjamin. Rashad Greene and lately Greg Dent have all received considerable hype and attention from the Florida State fanbase.

All the while Kenny Shaw just keeps on producing consistently.

But the lack of attention doesn't really bother him.

"As a player I just want a championship number one, and then number two I just want to be the best guy I can be to my teammates," said Shaw. "When you hear things like that I just throw it to the side because there’s always going to be little things like that to throw you off your game.”

Shaw has been on his game pretty consistently over the course of the last two seasons. He had 34 catches in 2011 followed by 33 in 2012. His receptions dropped by one, but his average improved. Over his career he's got 70 catches for 986 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Now headed into his senior year Shaw is looking to break out and finally claim some of the hype and acclaim that seems to find his teammates so often.

Shaw is one of the better technical route-runners on the team, he gets in and out of his cuts well and is very smooth catching the football. But more importantly he's good with making his reads at the line, he's open a lot.

He's also tough. Fans rememebr the shot he took in the Oklahoma game in 2011, one which could have ended another player's season. Shaw was taken to the hospital and made it back to the sideline by the end of the game. Two weeks later he was going over the middle again, getting blown up again and there wasn't a glimmer of hesitation in him.

That's a fearlessness that can't be taught.

At 5-11 170, Shaw is neither the biggest, nor the fastest receiver on the Seminole offense, but he's got a good combination of skills and consistency and he's blue-collar. So far that's helped him this Spring to lead the team in receptions at the scrimmages as well as to develop a good relationship with the quarterbacks currently vying for FSU's starting job.

Come Fall that could mean big things for number 81.


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