Shaw's vote of confidence

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:09 PM ET

Grant Shaw was given a vote of confidence when the Argos parted ways with Justin Medlock this past weekend, a sign the rookie placekicker refuses to alter his focus.

Given his position, it’s a wise approach.

One would think the spectre of Medlock returning to the Argos, which might yet happen down the road, would be on Shaw’s mind.

But to his credit, Shaw has prepared each day like he has the moment he arrived in Argoland for rookie camp.

“Honestly, I try not to think about stuff like that,’’ began Shaw on Monday, the Argos’ first day back at work following Wednesday’s 27-24 win over Calgary in Toronto’s home opener. “Whomever is on the field every day, those are the guys coaches will roll with.

“These coaches have been around, have the experience, and they’ll bring in guys and ship out guys when they feel is necessary.

“All I can do is my job. If the coaches are happy, it works out for everyone. All I can control is what I can control.”

Shaw never met Medlock, but the Saskatchewan product is aware of Medlock’s booming leg and the impression he left in his only season in Toronto.

A non-import, Medlock is attempting to hook up with an NFL team.

One would think an asset such as Medlock would fetch something, but Medlock wanted no part of any team in the CFL, save the Argos, which meant he had no value in any proposed trade.

Shaw is holding his own as a rookie and gives the Argos an athletic asset who is more than just a placekicker.

“I’m a football player at heart,’’ said Shaw, who doubles as a safety in scout teams during practice and who lined up at middle linebacker during rookie camp. “As long as I’m on the field, I want to help as much as I can.”

Shaw is so versatile he can even line up as a receiver, but for now he’s getting his kicks as a placekicker.

Drafted in the second round (11th overall) by the Argos, Shaw has a background in soccer.

The 6-foot-3 Shaw is long, a trait he feels gives him added leg strength when paired with his athleticism.

It was in Shaw’s second year of junior football when his prowess at placekicking came to light.

“It was our first game and our placekicker didn’t have a good game,’’ Shaw recalled. “We lost the game because of it. The next day after practice I showed our coaching staff that I could kick.

“Our next game, the kicker was still there. We had a long field-goal attempt and just before the kick our coach said: ‘I want Shaw to kick it.’ ”

Shaw made it, would kick one year in college and now he’s living out his dream as a pro.


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