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Plattenburg Emerging As Leader

by Garry Paskwietz

In their pre-season analysis of the USC Trojans, the Phil Steele College Football magazine says the USC defensive backfield is “clearly one of the top secondaries in the country.”

That’s high praise for a group that went through some growing pains in 2014 while playing several inexperienced players, but the good news is that those inexperienced players become experienced players and will be expected to play key roles in the upcoming season.

One of the true freshmen who played extensively last season was safety John Plattenburg, who is projected as the starting strong safety in 2015 after getting six starts in 2014 (three each at free safety and strong safety) and notching 32 tackles with five pass deflections.

Click here to read the full story at the ESPN USC blog

Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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