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Shaw leaning on defense in 2013

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The Shaw Raiders had one of the most successful seasons in the recent past in 2012, and are looking to build on that momentum for 2013.

Shaw made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 last season, but were bounced in the first round. The key to doing better than that this year is clear, according to head coach Kyle Adkins.

"I think the biggest thing that's holding Shaw back right now is consistency," he said. "We look great at one time or one game or one practice or whatever it might be, and then we come back and we don't look so good in the next game or the next practice. We just kind of have to stay on an even keel and try to be more consistent in a lot of different ways."

Adkins figures to lean on a defense that he says "can really run," anchored by senior defensive tackle De'Andre Howard, who thinks Shaw is on the rise.

"Just as long as we got our minds right and working hard in the weight room and the classroom and on the field and don't let anything get us down," he said. "Just be strong-minded and strong-willed."

The Raiders will finish spring practice this week, and Adkins has spent his time looking for yet-undiscovered gems.

"Mainly what we try to do in the spring is find a couple guys that matured in the offseason [who] we weren't necessarily counting on for the fall," Adkins said. "We're trying to do that, trying not to get anybody hurt in the process and just trying to get better at all the little things that we do here."

Shaw's spring game is Friday.

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