Jaybo Shaw, Georgia Tech’s top backup quarterback the past two seasons, will transfer to Georgia Southern at the end of the current semester, the school announced on Monday. Shaw will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson signed Shaw’s release form this morning.
Because Shaw is transferring down from an FBS school, he will not be required to sit out a season. Shaw will play at GSU for coach Jeff Monken, who was a Georgia Tech assistant coach the past two seasons.
“I have mixed feelings,” Shaw said in a prepared statement. “I am excited to go to Georgia Southern and play for Coach Monken, but sad to leave Georgia Tech, my teammates and the fans. I appreciate everything Coach Johnson has done for me.
“While I will have the opportunity to compete for a starting role, a part of my decision is academic-related. I want to get my college degree in education, which is offered at Georgia Southern.”
Shaw made a name for himself as a true freshman in 2008, when he played in seven games and started Tech’s home shutout win over Duke. He completed 15 of 24 passes (.625) for 321 yards, and he rushed 63 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Last season Shaw was slowed initially by a broken collarbone suffered in an August practice.
He played in six games, but saw fewer snaps as starter Josh Nesbitt stayed relatively injury-free in 2009.
This spring, Shaw was expected to compete with at least three other returning quarterbacks -- sophomore Tevin Washington and redshirt freshmen Jordan Luallen and David Sims -- for the top backup role. They will get plenty of snaps with Nesbitt sidelined to recover from minor ankle surgery.