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Friday August 5, 2011 Shaw, Dunbar, Silberman and Brown now have four years of eligibility remaining

Gators safety Josh Shaw was in a good mood on Friday as he answered questions about the start of fall camp.

Shaw appeared in only one game as a freshman – a 38-14 win over USF – due to a serious knee injury and various other ailments.

Gators safety Josh Shaw

“I got good news,’’ Shaw said Friday afternoon. “My hardship came back.’’

Shaw and three other Gators learned Friday that their waivers for medical hardship were approved by the SEC, giving them four years of eligibility remaining.

Shaw, offensive lineman Ian Silberman, receiver Quinton Dunbar and running back Mack Brown are now classified as redshirt freshmen rather than sophomores.

Shaw returned to the field in the spring and said he is healthy going into fall camp. He hopes to get a chance to make his mark with the secondary losing starters Ahmad Black, Will Hill and Janoris Jenkins from last year’s unit.

“I’m on a mission,’’ Shaw said. “I want to do it fast in camp. I’m hungry. I was doing great in the spring and didn’t have any pain at all.’’

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