UCLA corner Jay Shaw announces he'll return for 2022 season
The Bruins offense is losing a pair of talented skill players to the draft, but a key defender has decided to run it back for another year.
Cornerback Jay Shaw announced Wednesday he intends to return to Westwood for his fifth and final season of eligibility.
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“When I was 17 years old I committed to the University of California, Los Angeles with the idea that I was making this decision based off of a 40-year plan,” Shaw wrote. “Honestly, in that moment I did not know the depths of the statement I was making as I couldn’t even envision the next 4-5 years of my life. But I’m here today to say I now know exactly what I was saying when I made that statement. I’ve come to understand that life is an interesting journey as we all have our own.
“Similarly to chess, I believe the mission to life is to get tot eh other side and elevate your piece. most of us have heard that life is a marathon, not a sprint, and I believe I understand that statement more and more as the days go by.
“With that being said, I would like to announce I will be putting my future in the best position possible as I am announcing that I will be returning to the University of California, Los Angeles for my last year to pursue a Master’s degree at the No. 1 public school in the world! For the kids still dreaming, don’t open your eyes! One more ride, Bruin Nation!”
The 5-foot-11 Shaw has not missed a game since his redshirt 2017 season, appearing in all 43 of the Bruins’ games since Chip Kelly took over in 2018.
A Corona, California, native, Shaw has totaled 88 tackles, 12 pass breakups, six interceptions, two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and a blocked kick across his four seasons with the Bruins.