Leonard Williams (American football)

Leonard Williams
USC TrojansNo. 94
Defensive end Junior
Date of birth: (1994-06-20) June 20, 1994
Place of birth: Bakersfield, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career history
High school: Daytona Beach (FL) Mainland
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Leonard Williams (born June 20, 1994) is an American football defensive end for the USC Trojans.

Early years

Williams attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he was a two-sport athlete in football and track. As a senior he had 103 tackles and 10.5 sacks, helping Mainland to reach the FHSAA 6A state semi-finals, where they lost to Miami Central 7–17. However, the loss was overturned in August 2012 as Miami Central forfeited its entire season due to a transfer infraction.[1]

He was ranked by Rivals.com as the fifth best defensive end recruit in his class.[2]

College career

As a true freshman in 2012, Williams started nine of 13 games at defensive tackle, recording 64 tackles, eight sacks and an interception. He was named the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.[3][4] As a sophomore in 2013, Williams was moved from tackle to defensive end.[5] He was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection and was an All-American by ESPN.[6][7]

Professional career

In May 2014, Williams was projected a top-4 selection in the 2015 NFL Draft by various mock drafts.[8][9][10] As of October 2014, Williams is projected as a top-3 selection in the 2015 NFL Draft,[11] which would make him the highest selected USC Trojans defensive lineman since Darrell Russell in 1997.


  1. ^ "State finds Miami Central used ineligible Broward County quarterback in 2011". Florida Sun Sentinel. August 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ Rivals.com
  3. ^ Ex-Mainland DL Leonard Williams named Pac-12 freshman defensive player of the year
  4. ^ Pac-12 football awards and all-conference team announced
  5. ^ USC football: Leonard Williams picked up where he left off
  6. ^ Pac-12 football awards and all-conference teams announced
  7. ^ 2013 AT&T ESPN All-America Team
  8. ^ Brugler, Dane (May 11, 2014). "2015 NFL mock draft: Big Ten, ACC prospects lead the way". CBS Sports. 
  9. ^ Sobleski, Brent (May 11, 2014). "2015 mock draft: Jameis Winston slips out of Top 5". USA Today. 
  10. ^ Burke, Chris (May 13, 2015). "2015 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Cedric Ogbuehi goes No. 1 overall to Oakland Raiders". Sports Illustrated. 
  11. ^ Burke, Chris (October 21, 2014). "NFL draft Big Board 2.0: Who stands out in class with no clear frontrunner?". Sports Illustrated. 

External links

  • Leonard Williams on Twitter
  • USC Trojans bio
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