Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Learning curve - OC Register
Chris Galippo can tell he's not in the Trinity League any more, but the freshman linebacker from Servite High has looked anything but out of place on the USC practice field this fall.

Galippo, a middle linebacker, and weak-side linebacker Malcolm Smith, the younger brother of former USC receiver Steve Smith, have been drawing as much praise from the coaches as any freshmen.

Both Galippo and Smith could be factors right away. USC might lose all three of its starting linebackers to the NFL draft next spring, so the coaches are considering using Galippo and Smith some to prepare them for larger roles as sophomores.

Galippo is working with the second-team special teams units for now, but could move onto the first teams by the Idaho game...

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