With four games remaining in a lean season, Shawnee product Fred Shaw is the fourth-leading tackler for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz.


With four games remaining in a lean season, Shawnee product Fred Shaw is the fourth-leading tackler for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz.
Oklahoma City, at 3-9, has a better record than just two of the 15 Arena Football League members. The Texas Copperheads and Stockton Lightning are at 2-9. The Yard Dawgz are in last place in the Central Division of the National Conference.
Team tackle leader Andre Burns, like Shaw a defensive back, has a team-high 51 tackles but has played in 11 of the 12 games.
Shaw has notched 32 1/2 tackles, 23 of which have been solo, in eight games.
A former Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and University of Central Oklahoma standout, Shaw has also intercepted two passes, the fourth-best effort on the squad this season. He has also broken up two passes.
Thus far this year, Shaw has been utilized primarily as a defensive halfback. He has latched on to just three passes for 15 yards as a wide receiver.
That pales to his previous two seasons with the Yard Dawgzs. In his rookie 2006 campaign, Shaw averaged 9.6 yards on 14 receptions and recorded four touchdowns.
Last season, Shaw really prospered on the offensive end. As a receiver, he collared 31 catches for 291 yards. He had two touchdown receptions while averaging 9.4 yards overall. Shaw was also utilized 14 times as a rusher and returned 12 kickoffs for 249 yards, a 20.8 average. His longest kickoff return was 35 yards.
Oklahoma City’s three victories have come at the expense of Arkansas (57-42) in the April 5 season opener, Iowa (62-56) on May 17 and at Boise (51-33) on June 14.
Shaw’s 2008 single-game tackle high, seven, came during a 53-36 setback at Rio Grande. The 6-foot-two, 200-pounder has recorded six tackles on two occasions.
Oklahoma City has been on the short end of a number of shellackings, losing its nine games by an average of 27.6 points.
The Yard Dawgz, 2-3 at home, will be back at the Ford Center Saturday night (7:05) for a battle with the Lubbock Renegades.
Lubbock is 8-4, including a 63-43 triumph over OKC April 12 in Lubbock.
Included on the 21-player Renegade roster is Xavier Lawson-Kennedy, a 6-3, 285 rookie out of Oklahoma State.
Following Saturday’s matchup, the Yard Dawgz will have three remaining regular-season games — at South Georgia (July 12), home versus Tulsa (July 19) and home against Amarillo (July 26).