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Cal’s newest running back: Bradrick Shaw

Shaw transferred after four years at Wisconsin and will be immediately eligible

The California Golden Bears got some good news this past weekend, securing the commitment of transferring running back Bradrick Shaw. The former Wisconsin running back received a sixth year of eligibility after tearing his ACL in 2018 and will be immediately eligible to play for the 2020 season.

Shaw played behind Jonathan Taylor for the past three seasons at Wisconsin, for sure learning something or two from the two-time Doak Walker Award winner.

So, here’s what you should know about Bradrick Shaw:

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

High School: Hoover High School

Height: 6’1

Weight: 211

Career highlights at Wisconsin: 22 career games, two starts, 202 carries, 938 yards, 10 touchdowns.

High School Recruit: 3-star prospect, the 16th-ranked player in Alabama and 36th-ranked running back prospect.

His career-long run of 42 yards came this past season against Michigan, totaling three carries in that game for 53 yards. His most extensive action came in 2017 when he carried the ball 96 times for 365 yards and four scores. He had what seemed to be a breakout year in 2016 with an average yards per carry of 5.2 with 18 broken tackles on 88 carries but sat behind Taylor for the next few seasons.

Shaw tore his ACL in 2018 and has battled injuries for what seemed like his entire career in Madison.

He’ll likely pencil in behind Christopher Brown Jr. but has shown the talent and ability of a top-notch player at times through his career.

It remains to be seen if the season will start on time but when the season does play out, this will be an interesting position battle to watch during the lead up to the season. How many carries he receives behind Brown and against Marcel Dancy, DeShawn Collins and the rest of the Bears backfield is a mystery.

Either way, we’re happy to have you, Bradrick! Welcome to Berkeley!