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USATSI Gallery, Football -- 11/1/14
2015: Plattenburg, who performed well when thrown into the fire in his debut 2014 season, will look to earn a starting safety job as a sophomore in 2015.
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 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.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH JOHN PLATTENBURG
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT JOHN PLATTENBURG
USC head coach Steve Sarkisian: “Platt has a really high football I.Q. He really gets the game. He understands the calls and why we’re calling things…He’s got a real sense of confidence in understanding the scheme. He has shown the ability to say I know what we’re going to do, this is the call we’re making.”