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.
Per his Instagram, #UCLA CB Jay Shaw is returning for one more year. In 2021, he had 27.0 total tackles, 3 INTs, 2.0 TFLs, and 1 forced fumble. pic.twitter.com/eyV9yksJyU
— Mike Regalado 🏀🏈🎧 (@MikeRegaladoLA) January 5, 2022
“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.