LOS ANGELES --Josh Shaw approached his locker inside the McKay Center earlier this week and found a pleasant surprise.
His No. 26 jersey was replaced with No. 6.
Shaw requested the single digit number last spring but was turned aside and told number changes are only done in the fall.
The supply is far less than the demand of single digit numbers so they're handed out judiciously.
USC head coach Lane Kiffin says he likes to wait before honoring such requests to make sure the player earns it.
Shaw earned it.
"Seeing how he had approached this offseason and the new defense --(he's) really the leader in the back end back there --and the way he's taken young kids under his wing, I just thought it was a good thing," Kiffin said of Shaw's number swap.
Shaw was one of the stars of new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's defense last week at Hawaii. He had a tackle for loss, a pass defended, and a 35-yard interception return for touchdown that put t...