Junior cornerback/safety Hayden Pierce, who had started all but one of his 18 career games, did not play because of matchups against Stanford’s tight ends, coach Rich Ellerson said.
“When there are four tight ends on the field, there are better guys to have out there at those jobs,” Ellerson said…”The job description this week might be very different.”
Ellerson said Pierce is, “trying to get back in the hunt at rover and (strong safety). Pierce started Army’s first two games at cornerback in place of Chris Carnegie.
Carnegie was one of four Army defenders to play all 56 snaps. Nose guard Richard Glover, rover Thomas Holloway and cornerback Josh Jenkins played the whole game on defense.
Sophomore middle linebacker Alex Meier didn’t play due to sickness. Senior linebacker/nose guard Holt Zalneraitis, who didn’t play on defense, contributed on special teams.
Here’s my unofficial breakdown of participation for Army’s defense:
NT Richard Glover 56 snaps (2 tackles, fumble recovery)
Rover Thomas Holloway 56 snaps (8 tackles, tied for team lead)
CB Chris Carnegie 56 snaps (8 tackles, tied for team lead)
CB Josh Jenkins 56 snaps (3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, 1 pass breakup)
LB Jarrett Mackey 55 snaps (5 tackles)
S Geoff Bacon 54 snaps (6 tackles)
DE Mike Ugenyi 49 snaps (5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles)
DE Bobby Kough 46 snaps (2 tackles, 1 pass breakup)
MLB Julian Holloway 43 snaps (6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss)
Quick Dalton Mendenhall 39 snaps (2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble)
S Shaquille Tolbert 37 snaps (2 tackles)
S Justin Trimble 17 snaps (1 tackle)
Quick Malcolm Hudson 17 snaps (2 tackles)
DE Joe Drummond 15 snaps (0 tackles)
MLB Marcus Poling 12 snaps (all in first quarter, 2 special teams tackles)
DE Kyle Maxwell 7 snaps (1 tackle)
S Tyler Dickson 2 snaps (o tackles)
LB James Kelly 1 snap (0 tackles)
LB Colby Miller 1 snap (0 tackles)
The following played on special teams only: CB Jalen Noble; CB Lamar Johnson-Harris; S Reggie Nesbit (1 tackle); S Steve Ricciardi; LB Holt Zalneraitis; CB Steven Johnson; FB Matt Giachinta; DE Ryan Alexander; DE Colin Linkul; G Richard Rainey; T Drew Hennessy; NG T.J. Atimalala