With 54 days left until our August 30th season opener against Virginia, its almost time to prepare the guest list and the menu for the kickoff celebration. (This will provide ample time for friends and alumni to make appropriate travel arrangements).
Representing #54 on our countdown to kickoff is redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Galippo. Last year the Trojans boasted the nations best linebacking corp with Keith Rivers, Rey Maualuga, and Brian Cushing patrolling the field. With the departure of Rivers, Chris Galippo's return from season-ending back surgery will help to insure that the linebacking unit will once again rein supreme.
As a freshman Galippo showed flashes of brilliance in limited action. And anyone with the pleasure of seeing Galippo on Howard Jones field knows that this kid is something special. He will spend this season backing up Big Rey, but should see plenty of playing time. By the start of the 2009-2010 season Carroll will be able to unleash his new field general.
*Photos Courtesy of: USCFootball.com