“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
LEONARD WILLIAMS – DEFENSIVE END – USC
AT A GLANCE
Height / Weight: 6-5 / 300
Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fl
Position: Defensive End
High School: Mainland
OFF THE FIELD
Leonard Williams is an extremely talented individual, most notably on the football field. However, many people do not know that Williams has a passion for art and some of his artwork was displayed at the 2013 and 2014 “Artletics” on-campus exhibits that featured the works of USC students. Williams’ leadership is shown through becoming one of the captains for the Trojans.
ON THE FIELD
As a freshman Williams recorded 64 tackles, including 13.5 for losses of 46 yards (with 8 sacks for minus 38 yards), plus 4 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception. He was named the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and made it to Football Writers, Sporting News, Scout.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, and Phil Steele All-American first teams. He was also a All-Pac-12 honorable mention and on the Phil Steele All-Pac-12 third team. Leonard Williams continued his success on the gridiron his sophomore season by posting 74 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss. He was catapulted into All-American status, as he was among the 16 semi-finalists for the Bednarik Award. Williams garnered national attention when he made the ESPN.com All-American first team, Lindy’s All-American second team, AP All-American third team, Phil Steele All-American fourth team, SI.com All-American honorable mention, CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American first team and CBSSports.com Midseason All-American first team. In the Pac-12, Williams made the 2013 All-Pac-12 first team, ESPN.com All-Pac-12 first team, SportingNews All-Pac-12 first team, Athlon All-Pac-12 first team, and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team. Capping off his sophomore campaign, Williams was awarded USC’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. Williams is entering into his junior season with top overall NFL draft pick status. Instead of coasting through the season, he plays through injuries and focuses on the tasks at hand.