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Plattenburg offers safety net for Trojans

by Greg Katz:

LOS ANGELES — As the USC Trojans take a week off from spring practice for Spring Break, one of the bright spots thus far has been the play of sophomore safety John Plattenburg, who is working hard to help reinvent a defense that is striving to overcome the losses of All-America defensive tackle Leonard Williams and standout middle linebacker Hayes Pullard.

Seeing significant action as a true freshman at safety and on special teams, Plattenburg started six of the Trojans’ final seven games, three times as a free safety and three times as a strong safety. Overall, he appeared in 10 games, although a strained thigh caused him to miss the game against California.

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Now in his 58th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football staff writer covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.


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