After an outstanding first year with Troy, OT Max Tuerk and DT Leonard Williams have been named to the College Football News Freshman All-American Team.
Two other Pac-12 players, S Shaq Thomas of Washington and C Isaac Seumalo of Oregon State also received first team All-American honors.
Max Tuerk made history this season when he became the first ever true freshman to start at left tackle for USC. It took some grooming–and some shuffling between he and Aundrey Walker, the starter at the beginning of the season–but Tuerk impressed nonetheless. The coaching staff is very excited about his future with the Trojans, and he could evolve into the next Matt Kalil, who was largely responsible for the offensive line success USC had in 2011.
The Trojans went all the way to Daytona Beach, Fl., to score Leonard Williams, and it was a good thing they did. His 2012 season was the best season ever for a true freshman interior lineman, and it is clear by his tenacity and fierce play that he is only getting started. Williams already has 50 tackles, 13 stops behinds the line and 7.5 sacks on the season, and the Trojans still have a bowl game for him to rack up even more stats. The 6-5, 270-pound rookie is a star in the making, and with DE Morgan Breslin–who also shined for USC this year and is arguably one of the best defensive ends in the nation–also returning, Williams and the Trojan defensive line should have much success in 2013.