Wanting to go with more experience in a game of this magnitude, not as many newcomers recorded time in Saturday's contest against the top-ranked USC Trojans. However, it was impossible to avoid some type of rotation with a few of the younger guys on the defensive side of the ball because of the weather conditions.
Three linebackers saw action against the Trojans. JC transfer Beau Manutai, redshirt freshman Adam Vincent, and true freshman Chad Lindsey. Manutai notched two stops while Vincent had one.
Two JC transfers, cornerback Keno Walter-White and defensive end Will Kofe, that have made starts in the past came on in relief instead. Senior Mike Davis made the start and received a bulk of the snaps due to a better size match-up on USC playmaker Dwayne Jarrett, as well as improved play recently. Walter-White did incur an injury in last week's Oregon State game. Senior Quency Darley started at defensive end, leaving Kofe to come off the bench. Neither Walter-White or Kofe recorded any tackles in the game.
Zach Catanese was second in tackles for the Devils with 13 stops. The safety appears to be the most consistent haul from the JC ranks for Bill Miller's defense this year. Catanese also forced a fumble. Redshirt freshman safety Jeremy Payton has also been a pleasant surprise this season and his play didn't disappoint on Saturday, either. Payton finished with three tackles.
Running back Keegan Herring tripled the workload he got in the LSU game with 15 carries on Saturday. The true freshman wasn't able to break-off any huge gains, the longest went for 15 yards, but did punch in a 2nd quarter score to put the Devils up 21-3 at that point. Herring finished the day with 59 yards.
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