It was an eventful weekend for USC cornerback Josh Shaw.
With the regular season just one week away, Shaw was named a team captain Saturday at the annual "Salute to Troy" dinner.
It wasn’t long after when Shaw’s weekend took a turn for the worst.
While attending a family event in his hometown of Palmdale, Shaw looked down from the second-floor apartment balcony and noticed that his seven-year-old nephew, who can’t swim, had fallen into the pool.
Shaw acted quickly, jumping down from the balcony to rescue the struggling youngster. Shaw landed next to the pool — suffering two ankle sprains in the process — before crawling in for the save. Thankfully, Shaw’s nephew, Carter, got out unscathed. After the rescue, Shaw was taken to the hospital for treatment.
"I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew," Shaw said Monday, via USCTrojans.com. "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."
What does head coach Steve Sarkisian think of Shaw’s act of kindness?
"That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside," Sarkisian said. "But that’s the kind of person he is. It is unfortunate that he’ll be sidelined for a while and we will miss his leadership and play, but I know he’ll be working hard to get back on the field as soon as possible."
The senior is out indefinitely until he recovers.
It’s never good to lose one of your team captains one week before the regular season, but this different. You do anything for family, and that’s exactly what Shaw did.
What else happened to Shaw over the weekend? His name was atop the "End of Fall" depth chart at the cornerback position.
Official 2014 USC Football Captains: QB Cody Kessler, OL Max Tuerk, WR Nelson Agholor, CB Josh Shaw, DL Leonard Williams & LB Hayes Pullard.