On Monday, the big league dreams of Trojan alum Chris Galippo were put on hold:
Bummer: Indianapolis Colts announce they have waived former #USC LB Chris Galippo, who had signed there as an undrafted free agent.
— Michael Lev (@LevOnUSC) July 10, 2012
Galippo came to USC a highly-touted recruit. He was the first defensive player ever to win the Peter Dawkins Trophy for being the MVP of the Army All-American game, among other accolades. In college however, he never really lived up to expectations. Injuries plagued him throughout his entire career, as he had surgery his freshman year because of a herniated disk and was sidelined in the spring his senior year again because of additional back problems.
His sophomore year though he seemed to blossom: Galippo started all season at middle linebacker in 2009. He had 70 tackles, including eight for losses, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and six deflections. He was a semifinalist for the 2009 Butkus Award and made CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American first team, All-Pac-10 honorable mention and Phil Steele’s All-Pac-10 third team.
After that though, he fizzled out. He only started half of the 2011 season after being initially replaced by Devon Kennard. He did appear in all 13 games, recording 29 tackles, including two for losses, one sack, two picks and a team-high three forced fumbles. He was able to keep his starting spot for most of 2011 with Kennard being moved back to defensive end, but freshman Lamar Dawson replaced him as the starter for the last few games of the season.
After the 2012 season Galippo declared for the draft and was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts. As of Monday, he has since been let go and there is no word yet on what his next plans are.