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Defense breakdown: Troy

Max DiDomenico’s fundamentals may not have been textbook. But, Army’s safety produced results on play that could have easily gone for a touchdown against Troy Saturday.  

DiDomenico chased Troy’s Jabre Barber and dislodged the ball. Linebacker Leo Lowin recovered the fumble at Army’s 2 in the first quarter. The recovery was the Black Knights’ lone takeaway in a 19-0 defeat.

“I probably could have played it better. technique-wise and fundamentally,” DiDomenico said. “The ball was wet. People were fumbling left and right so I just went in for the tackle, popping the ball out.

“I was hoping Leo would pick it up and take it back but I don’t blame him the ball was super slippery just one of those hustle plays. Leo and I were both chasing the guy and running to the ball.”

DiDomenico is becoming a playmaker in Army’s secondary. He forced his first fumble of the season and the second of his career. DiDomenico also has an interception this season.

Twenty-eight players saw action on defense for Army. A good number considering the game wasn’t a complete runaway.

Freshman edge/outside linebacker Elo Modozie entered the game on Army’s second series.

Seniors Jimmy Ciarlo and Quindrelin Hammonds were the only defensive players to take more than 50 snaps

Here’s a player breakdown of the 60 snaps (as charted off DVR, * – starter, # – freshman):

*LB Jimmy Ciarlo (51 snaps): 2 tackles, 1 quarterback hurry, 18th straight start
*S Quindrelin Hammonds (51 snaps): 4 tackles, 1 pass breakup, 17th career start
*NT Kyle Lewis (46 snaps): 5th career start
*S Max DiDomenico (43 snaps): 5 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 7th career start
*LB Leo Lowin (43 snaps): 4 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 0.5 tackle for loss, 21st career start
*CB Cameron Jones (41 snaps): 3 tackles, 21st career start
*CB Jabari Moore (41 snaps): 5 tackles, 1 pass breakup, 39th career start
*LB Kalib Fortner (36 snaps): 10 tackles. 3rd career start
*DE Austin Hill (35 snaps): 1 tackle, 11th career start
*DE Chris Frey (28 snaps): 1 tackle, 0.5 tackle for loss, 22nd career start
DE Jack Latore (26 snaps): 4 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss6
CB Donavon Platt (23 snaps): 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss
*LB Jackson Powell (22 snaps): 2 tackles, 5th career start
DE Nate Smith (21 snaps)
LB Trey Sofia (21 snaps): 2 tackles
S Casey Larkin (18 snaps): 4 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss
#LB Tano Letuli (17 snaps): 1 tackle
LB Cam O’Gara (17 snaps): 3 tackles
CB Damon Washington (16 snaps): 1 tackle
NT Darius Richardson (13 snaps): 2 tackles
#LB Elo Modozie (11 snaps): 3 tackles
LB Chance Keith (9 snaps)
S Aaron Bibbins (6 snaps): 1 tackle
LB Eric Ford (6 snaps): 1 tackle
LB Brett Gerena (6 snaps): 1 tackle
S Tommy Zitiello (6 snaps): 2 tackles
DE Deshontez Gray (4 snaps): 1 tackle
S Gavin Shields (3 snaps)

*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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