Galippo the new man in the middle of USC’s defense

Chris Galippo confesses that he might not consistently blow up opposing ball carriers with the single-minded zeal of Rey Maualuga, the beast of a linebacker he’s expected to replace in the middle of the USC defense this spring, but he’s quick to point out that the Trojans aren’t exactly replacing prime rib with chopped liver.

“I think we both have a good knack for finding the football,” he said. “We both can make a play anywhere on the field, whether it’s dropping back into our Tampa-2 look in the middle third, or whether it’s making plays in the backfield. We’re both sideline-to-sideline players.”