Senior linebacker Chris Galippo was named to the 51-man Butkus Award college watch list Thursday.
The Butkus Award honors the country's best linebacker as determined by the Butkus Foundation. There are also pro and high school varieties of the trophy given out each year. Two USC commits in the class of 2012 -- Scott Starr (Norco, Calif./Norco) and Jabari Ruffin (Downey, Calif./Downey) -- were also named to the watch list for the prep version.
Galippo, 22, is expected to start at middle linebacker for the Trojans in 2011. He started there all season as a sophomore in 2009 and for five games as a sophomore in 2010. Since enrolling in 2007 as a touted prospect from Anaheim Servite High, Galippo has recorded 119 tackles, five interceptions and 2.5 sacks in three seasons at USC.
USC now has 12 watch-list mentions. Other Trojans named to watch lists heading into the 2011 season include quarterback Matt Barkley, receiver Robert Woods, tight end Rhett Ellison, left tackle Matt Kalil, center Khaled Holmes, defensive end Nick Perry and safety T.J. McDonald.
The watch lists for the Davey O'Brien Award for best quarterback and the Doak Walker Award for best running back are expected to be announced Friday.