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Defense breakdown: Boston College

Army’s secondary received a boost against Boston College with the return of cornerback Donavon Platt.

Platt made his season debut, entered the game on the defense’s second series. The sophomore played 13 snaps on defense and special teams in the Black Knights’ 27-24 setback. Platt missed Army’s first four games due to “personal issues,” he said.

“I finally got through it and now I’m able to play and contribute to the team,” Platt said.

Platt brings experience and depth to Army’s cornerbacks, which were rotating veterans Jabari Moore, Cameron Jones and Bo Nicolas-Paul in the first four games. He was the only freshman to start on defense last season, making four appearances with the first team.

“It was rough, seeing my teammates go out there and knowing that I couldn’t really have a helping hand in helping them win or contribute,” Platt said. “It was tough but it really showed me humility and knowing that I had a lot to learn and learning from the older guys just knowing it was going to pay off in the end.”

Senior safety Quindrelin Hammonds played all 70 snaps and recorded his first career interception.

Army held Boston College to 51 passing yards. The wet weather was a factor in the Eagles throwing only nine times. The Black Knights moved into No. 10 in the country in passing yards allowed (164.2 yards per game).

Here’s a player breakdown of the 70 snaps (as charted off DVR, * – starter, # – freshman):

*S Quindrelin Hammonds (70  snaps): 11 tackles, INT (first career pick), 16th career start
*LB Jimmy Ciarlo (68 snaps): 5 tackles, 1 quarterback hurry, 17th straight start
*S Max DiDomenico (63 snaps): 8 tackles, 6th career start
*LB Leo Lowin (62 snaps): 11 tackles, 20th career start
CB Jabari Moore (53 snaps): 1 tackle, 1 pass breakup
*CB Cameron Jones (48 snaps): 6 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 20th career start
*LB Kalib Fortner (44 snaps): 9 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss, 2nd career start
*DE Austin Hill (42 snaps): 5 tackles, 10th career start
*LB Jackson Powell (41 snaps): 2 tackles, 4th career start
*DE Chris Frey (38 snaps): 1 tackle, 21st career start
NT Kyle Lewis (34 snaps): 2 tackles
*CB Bo Nicolas-Paul (26 snaps): 2 tackles, 4th career start
*NT Darius Richardson (26 snaps): 3 tackles, 12th career start
DE Jack Latore (25 snaps): 2 tackles, 1 sack (first career), 1 tackle for loss
LB Trey Sofia (23 snaps)
DE Nate Smith (21 snaps): 1 tackle
#LB Tano Letuli (20 snaps): 3 tackles
S Casey Larkin (16 snaps): 3 tackles
LB Brett Gerena (15 snaps): 2 tackles
CB Donavon Platt (13 snaps): 1 tackle
LB Eric Ford (11 snaps): 1 tackle
NT Isaiah Filisi (8 snaps)
DE Deshontez Gray (4 snaps)
NT Cody Winokur (3 snaps)
LB Chance Keith (2 snaps)

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