A Happy Return for Galippo

After being sidelined for three-plus weeks with mononucleosis, USC middle linebacker Chris Galippo made a return to the practice field Tuesday afternoon and took part in the players-only throwing session. Look inside for more on Galippo's status for spring.

With the departure of Rey Maualuga, Clay Matthews, Kaluka Maiava and Brian Cushing, this spring looked like the perfect time for Chris Galippo to take hold of the starting middle linebacker spot, but that opportunity was almost lost when he was diagnosed with mononucleosis just over three weeks ago.

"It just kind of came out of nowhere," Galippo said. "I was feeling sick for about four or five days and just didn't really want to go to the doctor.

"I just figured I could drink a whole lot of water and get through it on my own, but by the time Friday came around it was a little too much.

"I then went and saw the doctor and they did a blood test and told me that I had mono.

"It wasn't too severe of a case. My throat hurt but I wasn't exhausted. I had my appetite, which is rare when you have mono."

While most USC students headed to the beach last week, Galippo spent spring break working out and putting some weight back on his frame.

"The good thing was that I had spring break to kind of catch up, and get a few workouts in," Galippo said. "I lost 5 to 8 pounds, but I think I am already back to where I was before."

After being sidelined for three-plus weeks, Galippo made a return to the practice field Tuesday afternoon and took part in the players-only throwing session.

At the conclusion of the workout, the talented linebacker announced that he would be ready to go when spring practice opens this Saturday.

"It's good," Galippo said. "I am getting an ultrasound to check my spleen tomorrow and then it's all done from there.

"I should be 100% come Saturday."


Chris Galippo expects to be 100% for spring practice. (Paul Pinner Photo)

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