3 Names to know
DAMIAN WILLIAMS USC wide receiver
Williams started his college career at Arkansas, but transferred to USC in 2007. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Williams led the Trojans in receptions last season, catching 58 passes for 869 yards. The junior hasn’t slowed down this season, catching 11 passes for 158 yards. He’s also averaging more than 10 yards per punt return, giving USC another game-breaking threat.
DANIEL BLACKLEDGE WSU wide receiver
When Jeshua Anderson decided to give up football, it opened some opportunities for his good friend and roommate. Since then Blackledge has emerged as one of the Cougars’ better possession receivers. The junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., is tied for the team lead with 11 receptions, including 4 for 39 yards last week. He also pulled in his first career touchdown reception, a 3-yard pass from Marshall Lobbestael.
CHRIS GALIPPO USC middle linebacker
No one wants to be the guy who follows a legend, but that’s what’s befallen Galippo. The sophomore has been tagged to fill the role held by All-American Rey Maualuga, now starting for the Cincinnati Bengals. Galippo was listed as Maualuga’s backup last season, but rarely played. So far the 6-2, 250-pound Galippo has held up the tradition by leading the Trojans in tackles, with 22, including 12 unassisted. He also has four tackles for loss, half a sack and the Trojans’ only interception.