PHILADELPHIA - Whit Shaw has been named CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week for the second week in a row following another strong performance on kickoff returns this past week against Army. The junior ran back five kicks for 126 yards, averaging 25.2 yards on each of those returns. Shaw also had the chance to return a pair of punts and took the punts back for a cumulative gain of 29 yards.
Shaw's production on special teams almost always seemed to translate into points Friday night as he constantly put the Quakers in scoring position. Three of Shaw's kickoff returns would lead to eventual touchdown drives and one of his punt returns would set up a Penn field goal late in the game.
Four of Shaw's five kickoff returns would allow Penn to take over past its own 40 yard line. With Shaw returning kicks, Penn's average starting position was at its own 43. Following Shaw's punt returns, the Quakers' average starting field position was at their own 46 yard line.
All season long, Shaw has just continued to put the Quakers in position to score. He has had 100-plus yards in kickoff returns during three of the five games that he has played in this season. The only two games that he did not have 100 or more yards in kickoff returns was against Post, where he returned just one kick for 24 yards and against Princeton where he did not have the opportunity to run any back.
For the season, Shaw has returned 15 kickoffs for 421 yards, an average of just over 28 yards per return. He has also returned eight punts for 87 yards giving him a total of 508 yards on special team's returns. Adding in his 260 yards receiving this season, Shaw is averaging a team-best 156.2 all-purpose yards per game this season.
Shaw and the rest of the sprint football team will be back in action this Friday night to close out the 2011 season at Princeton. Earlier this season, Penn downed Princeton 34-0 in the first week of the season at home. Penn has wrapped up third place in the CSFL standings and can win the William R. Wagner trophy outright with another victory over Princeton Friday night.