March 18, 2008

Here comes Galippo

Just 14 short months ago Chris Galippo was the 'can't miss' prospect of the University of Southern California's 2007 recruiting class. He dominated the Army All-American game, overshadowing every one of the nation's best high school seniors. After a promising fall camp, his freshman season was cut short by a nagging back injury.

Heading into spring ball, Galippo - excuse the pun - is back.

"I'm really excited to just get back into it," he said about playing full-contact football again. "(I want to) get myself acclimated to the contact again, but that being said not push it too hard and get hurt again.

"It's not a question about how much I play, but the situations. If we're doing 9-on-7 I might get two reps the first day and slowly build my way up to full participation."

Part of Galippo's rehabilitation is regaining the weight-room strength he lost from an inability to fully exert himself.

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