USC's Shaw jumps from second floor to save nephew

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USC's Shaw jumps from second floor to save nephew
SHERMAN OAKS, CA - APRIL 05: USC football player Josh Shaw attends LA Fire Department Foundation Honors Jerry Weintraub at LAFD Disaster Preparedness Unit on April 5, 2014 in Sherman Oaks, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
SHERMAN OAKS, CA - APRIL 05: USC football player Josh Shaw and Angela Shaw attend LA Fire Department Foundation Honors Jerry Weintraub at LAFD Disaster Preparedness Unit on April 5, 2014 in Sherman Oaks, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Safety Josh Shaw #6 of the USC Trojans celebrates against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 21: Josh Shaw #6 of the USC Trojans intercepts a pass in the end zone against the Fresno State Bulldogs during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium on December 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. USC won 45-20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Josh Shaw #6 of the USC Trojans celebrates after returning a blocked punt for a touchdown against the California Golden Bears during the second quarter at California Memorial Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw, left, lines up against California defensive back Isaac Lapite, right, during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
California wide receiver Darius Powe scores a touchdown on a 24-yard reception as Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw defends during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Berkeley, Calif. USC won 62-28. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 21: Josh Shaw #6 of the USC Trojans intercepts a pass in the end zone that was intended for Davante Adams #15 of the Fresno State Bulldogs during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium on December 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. USC won 45-20. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
USC's Josh Shaw (6) comes up with an interception in the end zone as Fresno State's Davante Adams can't make the play in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. USC won, 45-20. (Craig Kohlruss/Fresno Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler, center, and safety Josh Shaw, right, listen to their new football head coach Steve Sarkisian during a news conference on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. USC hired Sarkisian away from Washington on Monday, bringing back the former Trojans offensive coordinator to his native Los Angeles area and the storied program where he thrived as Pete Carroll's assistant. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California senior cornerback Josh Shaw injured both ankles after leaping from a second-story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, from drowning in a pool.

Shaw was named a team captain on Saturday and later that night was attending a family function at a cousin's apartment in his hometown of Palmdale when he saw his nephew, who can't swim, struggling in the pool.

With no one around, Shaw told USC's website that he instinctively jumped from the balcony onto the concrete below and crawled to the pool, where he pulled Carter to safety. Unable to step out of the pool because of the pain in his ankles, Shaw lifted himself up the ladder with his upper body.

"I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew," Shaw told the team website. "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."

Shaw was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with two high ankle sprains and will be out indefinitely. He said Carter was traumatized, but physically in good shape.

"That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside," Trojans coach Steve 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."

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