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Monday, July 11, 2005
Cowboys' top returning rusher facing burglary charges

Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. -- A September preliminary hearing was set Monday for Seymore Shaw, Oklahoma State's top returning rusher, on two felony counts and two misdemeanors, according to the Payne County clerk's office.

Shaw, 23, has pleaded innocent on felony counts of first-degree burglary and larceny and misdemeanor counts of domestic abuse and malicious injury to property. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 21.

According to court documents, Shaw allegedly broke into a former girlfriend's house May 13 and struck her, damaged several picture frames and stole a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes and four custom chrome wheels. A judge granted the woman's request for a protective order against Shaw in May.

Royce Hobbs, Shaw's attorney, said he had no comment on the case.

Shaw played in all 12 of Oklahoma State's games last season and rushed for 377 yards and two touchdowns on 81 carries. He started in place of the injured Vernand Morency against Baylor and ran for a career-high 172 yards on 30 carries, but had only 10 yards on six rushes in the Cowboys' final two games. He underwent rehab during spring practice after offseason knee surgery.

Morency, a 1,400-yard rusher, left after his junior season and was taken in the third round of the NFL draft. That left Shaw, a partial qualifier who earned an extra year of eligibility by graduating early in May, as Oklahoma State's top returning running back.

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy suspended Shaw in June after charges were filed. Shaw is free on $10,000 bond.