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Pac-10 Week 3 Notes and Observations: USC Trojans

By Sam Saig, September 21, 2009 1:47 pm

USC Trojans 2-1 Overall (0-1 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Washington 16 – USC 13

Next Week’s Opponent: Washington State


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Pac-10 Week 2 Notes and Observations: USC Trojans

By Dave Consolazio, September 15, 2009 10:14 am

USC Trojans 2-0 Overall (0-0 Conference)

This Week’s Score: USC 18 – Ohio State 15

Next Week’s Opponent: @Washington


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Pac-10 Position Breakdown: Linebacker – USC Trojans

By Sam Saig, August 15, 2009 2:48 pm

It’s the end of an era for the Men of Troy. USC must replace some of the greatest linebackers in the history of the program, and that is saying a lot when you consider the LB alumni for the Trojans (McGinest, Seau, Del Rio, Tatupu, and Rivers to name a few).

The superstar trio of Rey Maualuga (38th overall pick of NFL Draft, Bengals), Brian Cushing (15th overall pick of NFL Draft, Texans), and Kaluka Maiava (4th round pick, Browns) will now carry on the rich tradition of SC linebackers in the NFL. If you remove technicalities, the Trojans actually lost four superstars at the position, as DE/LB super-hybrid Clay Matthews will now become a full-time LB in the NFL (26th overall pick, Packers).

For most programs, losing that kind of talent would be devastating. For the Trojans, it’s business as usual. No program in America can reload faster, and this year should be no different. While it won’t be easy to replace legends, head coach Pete Carroll and LB coach Ken Norton Jr. have assembled a promising collection of blue-chippers who are ready to start a new era of their own.

The new man in the middle will be heralded sophomore Chris Galippo. Galippo has the daunting task of replacing Maualuga at inside linebacker, but those close to the program have high expectations for him. Last season, he played in 10 games as a reserve, totaling 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, and an interception.

Chris Galippo with Defensive MVP trophy in Army All American Game

Chris Galippo earns MVP trophy in Army All-American Game

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