June 15, 2000
SEATTLE - Washington head football coach Rick Neuheisel announced today that senior tailback Maurice Shaw will not play for the Huskies during the 2000 season due to the reoccurrence of a back injury he experienced earlier in his career. Shaw missed most of the 2000 spring football practice period due to a pulled hamstring. Shaw is a native of Sacramento, Calif., who attended El Camino High School.
"We hate to lose a person like Maurice Shaw, but we also have to consider what is best for him in the long run," said Husky coach Rick Neuheisel. "Football is a physically demanding sport and both Mo and our staff feel it would not be in his best interest to continue playing right now.
"We will really miss him on the field because he was extremely reliable, especially in the short-yardage situations. He got those hard yards for us and he never put the ball on the ground. Mo is really respected by his teammates and the coaching staff and he is a great influence on our younger players. While he won't be on the field playing, we hope to have him involved with the program while he finishes school."
Shaw had been granted a fifth year of eligibility in 2000 after missing most of the 1998 season due to his back injury. Last season he appeared in 10 contests, starting in three of Washington's last four games, including the Huskies' Holiday Bowl appearance against Kansas State. He was third on the team in rushing with 440 yards on 110 carries. He tied quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo for the team lead in rushing touchdowns with six, including a 48-yard score against Stanford in Washington's 35-30 victory.
Shaw finished his career with a total of 1,198 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. His most productive season came in 1997 when he rushed for 538 yards and six touchdowns. He played in 34 regular-season games and three bowl games.