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USATSI Gallery, Football -- 11/1/14
CAREER: He has 69 tackles (4.5 for losses), 4 deflections and 2 interceptions in his career. He has 14 career starts.
2017: The veteran Plattenburg looks to work into the playing rotation at safety as a senior in 2017.
2016: Once he became healthy in 2016, Plattenburg was a backup safety and played on special teams as a junior. Overall in 2016 while seeing action in 6 games (Arizona, California, Oregon, UCLA, Notre Dame, Penn State), he made 3 tackles. He suffered a concussion in 2016 fall camp and was sidelined for USC’s first 4 games and then missed the next 2 contests while working to get back into the playing rotation. He had 1 tackle against California and 2 versus Notre Dame.
2015: Plattenburg started for half of his 2015 sophomore season at strong safety. Overall in 2015 while appearing in 13 games (all but Utah, when he was sick) and starting 8 times (USC’s first 6 contests, plus Colorado and Oregon), he had 34 tackles, including 3.5 for losses of 21 yards (with a 10-yard sack), and 2 interceptions. He won USC’s Community Service Award.
He had 5 tackles (1 for a loss) against Arkansas State, 2 tackles (1 for a loss) against Idaho, 4 tackles versus Stanford, an interception at Arizona State and a tackle against Washington, Notre Dame and California. He had a team-best 8 tackles (0.5 for loss) and returned an interception 22 yards against Arizona, then had 6 tackles (with a sack) at Colorado. He had 3 tackles at Oregon, 1 stop against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game and 2 tackles against Wisconsin.
2014: Plattenburg saw significant action at safety and on special teams as a first-year freshman in 2014. He started 6 of USC’s final 7 games (all but California), 3 times at free safety (Utah, Washington State, UCLA) and 3 times at strong safety (Colorado, Notre Dame, Nebraska). Overall in 2014 while appearing in 10 games (all but Stanford, Boston College and California), he had 32 tackles (1 for a loss of 4 yards) and 4 deflections. He strained his thigh prior to the California game and missed that contest.
He had 2 tackles and a deflection at Arizona, 8 tackles against Colorado, 4 tackles against Utah, another 4 stops against UCLA (1 for a loss) and 7 tackles against Notre Dame. He had 7 stops against Nebraska.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2013 Prep Star All-Midland and All-District 20-5A second team as a senior defensive back and returner at Lamar High in Houston (Tex.).
He played as a 2011 sophomore and 2012 junior at Centennial High in Corona (Calif.). He had 75 tackles, 5 interceptions, 9 deflections and 2 fumble recoveries on defense in 2012, plus 6 kickoff returns for 234 yards (39.0 avg). He had 18 tackles in 2011, but primarily was a running back. Centennial won the 2012 CIF Inland Division championship and the CIF state Open Division Regional Bowl (it also played in the 2011 CIF Inland Division final).
He also ran track at Centennial, with bests of 10.74 in the 100 meters and 22.86 in the 200. Current Trojan Viane Talamaivao also prepped at Centennial.
He spent his 2010 freshman season at Lamar.
PERSONAL: He is an international relations major at USC.<>
GAME-BY-GAME WITH JOHN PLATTENBURG