Shaw nervous and excited about leaving Tech for Ga. Southern

Jaybo Shaw has always wanted to be a teacher and coach, like his dad, Lee, the head coach at Flowery Branch High School.

And if he happens to one day replicate what his most recent coach has experienced, well, he says that’d be fine too.

“If I could win the ACC and have the success that coach Johnson has had I’d be happy with that,” Shaw said.

Shaw, who confirmed on Monday that he was transferring from Georgia Tech to Georgia Southern, said he is leaving because he wants to earn a degree in education, something Tech doesn’t offer.

Tech and Georgia State tried to work out a joint program that would help him one day become a teacher. But it didn’t work out. So he decided that he would be happier if he could get a degree in his chosen field.

“I’ve always been around football,” Shaw said. “I’ve known I wanted to be a coach since I started playing sports.”

Once he made his decision he only told a few people, but word got out two weeks ago.

He didn’t confirm it then because Johnson was out of town at a coaching clinic.

Once Johnson returned, Shaw said they talked and Johnson granted him his release.

Shaw then spoke to new Eagles’ coach Jeff Monken, a former Tech assistant who will install the same spread-option offense in Statesboro.

He’s in the process of applying to Georgia Southern and wants to get down there by the summer so that he can get to know his new team.

Shaw will have two years of eligibility remaining. He played a lot as a freshman in 2008, passing for 321 yards and rushing for 200. But a broken collarbone sustained during August set him back last season and his playing time was reduced to a few snaps.

He said he’s not worried that the Jackets will be without him and starter Josh Nesbitt (ankle surgery) once spring practice starts on March 29.

“They’ve got a lot of talent with Tevin [Washington] and David [Sims] and Jordan [Luallen],” Shaw said. “They’re good enough players that they are going to succeed.”

127 comments Add your comment

Mike in Oman

March 4th, 2010
5:36 am

Welcome to Statesboro, I wish you luck earning the starting job next year.

Biff Pocoroba

March 4th, 2010
5:38 am

Now if we can just get Paul Hewitt to transfer to Georgia Southern to work with Charlton Young.


March 4th, 2010
6:26 am

We’re sorry to see him go, loved that pick he threw us. Have to say, he has always been 1-AA talent.


March 4th, 2010
6:41 am

LeeDawg -

And you played your college ball where exactly?

Typical A Hole Georgia fan. What a douche.

Alabama Jack

March 4th, 2010
6:54 am

Good luck Jaybo. Thanks for your service at Tech.

dumb delusional dawgs are irrelevant.


March 4th, 2010
6:55 am

It is refreshing to see a young man that has a plan for his life, and regardless of his surrounding or circumstances he has the ability to stay focus on HIS life dreams. Well done Mr. Shaw, well done! I know your parents are so very proud of you.

The Dawg Consultant

March 4th, 2010
7:13 am

LeeDawg, unfortunately Ozzy is right. I am a big Dawg Fan!!! There is no call for those kid of comments though. Give the kid a break. He sounds like he has is act together and I wish him well in the future.

Old Gold Britches

March 4th, 2010
7:14 am

Wishing you the best Jaybo. Thanks for the memories!


March 4th, 2010
7:27 am

“Quality is our Dignity, Service is our Lift?” What kind of slogan is that? I’ll bet that LeeDawg gets it, though.


March 4th, 2010
7:36 am

How could he possibly have known…took him 2 years to discover GT did not offer a major in his chosen field…strange!

On a brighter note, he is definitely in for a much more enjoyable college experience…lots of good looking women! His biggest adjustment will probably be getting used to not playing on Thursday night and the larger crowds!


March 4th, 2010
7:42 am

Welcome to the family Jaybo, see you in the fall.


March 4th, 2010
7:48 am

Come on olddawg… He has known there was no degree since he enrolled. GT was supposedly trying to work out something with Ga. State for his ed degree. You just read that, why the smart ass comment?


March 4th, 2010
7:51 am

Olddawg, I am always amazed that you dumbarses think that Atlanta, GA is devoid of good looking women. Just because dawgs are afraid to leave campus don’t project that to normal college students. Buckhead has been a great place to party since the early 70’s and still has some of the best looking women in the the world. I you can’t get any in ATL, I guess you really should be in Athens.


March 4th, 2010
7:52 am

“if” you can’t get any. Of course it probably should have read “obviously you can’t get any”

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 4th, 2010
8:19 am

i agree, if he always wanted to get a degree in education, why enroll at GT in the first place? Since i’m a Dawg fan…are Nesbitt’s backups supposed to be better than jaybo? Tevin Washington- is he better than him? could be his reason to leave gt, not a degree.

Bro Montana

March 4th, 2010
8:22 am

WOOOOO!!!! FLOWERY BRANCH!!!!! The home of Phil Neikro, The Atlanta Falcons, and JAYBO SHAW!

that game meant everything to Tech

March 4th, 2010
8:28 am

Leedawg these Flagboy fans are right!..give the kid a leaving tech he will get to throw the ball forward instead of constantly pitching it backwards..i am sure that weighed in on his decision!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nice offense fireflies!!!!!

that game meant everything to Tech

March 4th, 2010
8:30 am

he was probably tired of twirling a baton on the sidelines too! see you bugs in athens…tell the disrespectful Army general Johnson to wear a helmet.he may get tackled as well!


March 4th, 2010
8:33 am

LeeDawg, Olddawg, That Game – all perfect example’s of typical Georgia A Hole fans.

I think it’s an inbreeding problem.

For all you Georgia trolls, tell your parent’s to quit hosing their first cousins. It obviously produces inferior offspring.


March 4th, 2010
8:33 am

Dr. Kenneth:

The only place I saw T. Washington was in the T-Day game last year. He looked like he had a stronger arm and was more mobile than Jaybo. The QB’s that were redshirted last year were recruited by CPJ because they had experience running the TO.


Did UGA play at home last night?? It seemed more like a UK home game there. Maybe you should worry more about your sub-.500 BB team than what GT will do at QB next season. Seems to me you guys spend more time talking about our 55,000 seat football stadium than your 8,000 seat basketball arena that is NEVER sold out.

Too Easy

March 4th, 2010
8:35 am

A gt football player who doesn’t want to be a nuclear physicist? How did he get through the initial screening?

Too Easy

March 4th, 2010
8:40 am

BufordTBob: The Steg has 10K seats, and has sold out 4 times this season alone. Don’t through around absolutes like ‘never’ unless you know your subject.

Too Easy

March 4th, 2010
8:41 am

Old Techer

March 4th, 2010
8:42 am

Enter your comments here

What do UG and GT fans have in common?

March 4th, 2010
8:45 am



March 4th, 2010
8:46 am

BobinBuford …you cannot talk trash to UGA until you beat them.Their sorry sub 500 basketball team man handle Tech. By the way the last 6 home games have been sold out…Idiot

ain't skeerd

March 4th, 2010
8:46 am

ozzy when you cross over to the UGA blogs you will see where we get our class.You turkey neck nerds can all kiss my rearend.

Terd Buster

March 4th, 2010
8:56 am

Who knew Ozzy Osbourne was a Tech fan ?
There are few things funnier than scum complaining about
the smell of the drainage ditch.
Keep up the good work Ozzy, you are if nothing else consistent.


March 4th, 2010
8:58 am

Thanks Terd.

I will.

Now go have that conversation with your Momma and Diddy.

NoCoach Blewitt

March 4th, 2010
9:08 am

Good Luck Jaybo …… perfect fit GA Southern…. they needed a QB to step into that offense immediately and only had drop back passers on the roster from last year.

Biff —– 1. Charlton Young wouldn’t want that no talent A$$ Clown around to bring down his new program
2. GA Southern is on probation so if Blewitt goes down there no one will graduate (par for the course for him) and the probation period might not ever end

do not buy this bill of goods

March 4th, 2010
9:13 am

Gee, could not anyone point out to Jaybo that he could have got a Masters in Education? Give me a break. There is more to this article and doubt if this was the truth. Monken should have encouraged Jaybo to stay even if it was Jaybo’s idea to leave and I doubt that it was. Jaybo knew when heading to GT there wasn’t an education degree and now all of a sudden it matters. Sounds to me like Monken told Jaybo what to tell YOU Doug for this article.


March 4th, 2010
9:16 am

Leedog, we loved that first down he picked up at the Cess Pool in ‘08 to ensure the victory in Muttland. The kid made an important decision in his life and the ‘necks have to come over to the Tech blog to bring it all down. You are sad, sad people.


March 4th, 2010
9:18 am

Wow at the great looking Southern Bells at Georgia Southern! Why di I go to Tech in the first place?


March 4th, 2010
9:21 am

This is a crock…Doug, if you believe this than give me a break. Shame on Monken, a cowardly thing to do.

GT GSU Fan 21

March 4th, 2010
9:39 am

The reason this didn’t happen earlier is because there was a possibility of Shaw being able to become a teacher through a joint program between Tech and State. I think that was what he was counting on, if he wasn’t able to be a star QB at tech. Since neither of those two worked out for him, I think it was a smart decision for him to transfer, get the career path he really wanted, and be able to be a star QB for Southern for 2 years as well.


March 4th, 2010
9:40 am

Knowing that the Broken Ankle offense requires major bodily scarifice for the Qbs, the rest of the tech QBs are thinking ……”gulp, we are next.” They too are looking at GSU or Millsaps or Samford, where they were all originally recruited.

The BONE was dumped in the 70s because it kills the QBs. Josh Nesbitt will be fine until he takes a roll to his left and then pow. That ankle will be painful and of course, the knee. He will not have that cast of characters surrounding him and he will try to do more running, which will lead to more POWS ……….and so it will go. 7-5 or 6 -6 for the Yeckets.

This is why Jaybowlegs BOLTED.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHA 30-24 in 09 and 44-17 in 2010.


March 4th, 2010
9:44 am

Good luck Jaybo, you did good at Tech, we are all proud that your were a Yellow Jacket.

March 4th, 2010
9:47 am

What exactly did Monken do? You can believe what you want, but Shaw said they didn’t speak until after he was granted his release. Monken didn’t return phone calls last week, and ga. southern officials can not speak about Shaw until he’s admitted to their university.

By your logic, Bill Curry should be ashamed as well because Yandell and Gilbert are considering transferring there?

Dooley's Cardiologist

March 4th, 2010
9:48 am

Hope he does well. Always liked Jaybo. You can get a teaching degree at Tech, it’s just in conjunction with a Georgia State program, which has been shown to be a pain in the neck. Tech will never offer an major in Education because it would bring the average income of graduates down, which looks bad nationally. Alos, there is one Jaybo for every 30 engineers. Meaning, the investment in a GT “College of Education” would have a horrible ROI. Shaw will be able to get an education degree at GSU much easier than at Tech. I wish him luck, he is a helluva ball player and a class act all the way.


March 4th, 2010
9:51 am

I was at Statesboro before I came to Tech. Jaybo, I can tell you that you’ll have a great time! Good luck and thank you for all your efforts at Tech! Get ready for …One…More…Time…(if they still chant that in regards to championships…I was there in the Erk R. days)

Terd Buster

March 4th, 2010
9:56 am

Ozzy , it was never in doubt I am sure you will.
You know youre skills are kind of wasted here.
Obama could use a few more masters of BS trying to sell
more swamp land to the public .
I am sure that a simple well placed phone call will
get you an interview tomorrow so get Yellow Fuzz to
hook you up. Don’t delay a unflushed terd is a
at least a good fertilizer.

North Ave pick up spot? gbgt

March 4th, 2010
10:02 am

gbgt You dont have a clue about the college scene. You want a 20 year old kid from Flowery Branch to find his way from the “hood”(North Ave)to the new “hood” (buckhead night life) to go to a bar he cant get into. In Statesboro, you wake up look out your back door at the talent by the pool getting their early morning tan. Then you go to class while you try not to break your neck. Then you go to all the bars that you can get into being 18. Then you might get lucky and find a cute co-ed to buy you a beverage. What year Camaro did you have picking up all of those ladies on Peachtree??


March 4th, 2010
10:04 am

Jaybo, one question. If you wanted an education degree GT wasn’t the place to get one? Frankly, that sounds like a reason to get out of GT knowing you were not going to start. Good luck in Stateboro. Hope you get what your looking for.

Jaybo Shaw

March 4th, 2010
10:17 am

I will have to pawn this nice ring a received for beating UGA, just to buy my parents 2 cokes and 2 hotdogs!


March 4th, 2010
10:18 am

Welcome to the Eagle Family Mr Jaybo Shaw. The best of everything.


March 4th, 2010
10:24 am

Good luck to the kid…I follow Southern Football, and I think he’ll do well.


March 4th, 2010
10:28 am

Good grief people, theres no love lost here for Tech on my part, but the young man made a decision that was best for him, so take him at his word, everyone gets caught up in whats going on in these kids minds..Have any of you not had a change in your plans and if you have that should be your business..Degrading this young man for leaving Tech and talking about his abilities as to why he may be leaving is discraciful, Dawg nation please restrain from the personal attacks against this young man and respect his wishes whatever they may be, its his and his family’s business not ours…

Jason C.

March 4th, 2010
10:29 am

It is nice to see a real student athlete allready thinking about life after football. Pretty noble wanting to put his future plans ahead of just being able to say you play for a BCS school. Welcome to GSU Jaybo I am sure you will be a credit to the term STUDENT athlete.

Knuckle Sandwich

March 4th, 2010
10:32 am


Rabun Dawg

March 4th, 2010
10:38 am

Shame on all of the Dawgs on here putting this kid down! He comes from a very good family and is , from what I hear, a very nice young man. Why not just wish him well, and it’s his life and his decision, so be it. I wish him well at Georgia Southern!!