For the second time this postseason, USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams has been recognized for the outstanding effort he gave as a freshman, this time being named to the Football Writers Association of American’s Freshman All-American Team.
The FWAA released their 12th annual freshman All-American team, comprised of 30 players from the 11 FBS conferences and Notre Dame.
Fellow Pac-12ers OL Jake Brendel (UCLA) and OL Tyler Johnstone (Oregon) also made the FWAA All-American Team. Other headliners include Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, who absolutely took the college football world by storm with the phenomenal season he had under head coach Kevin Sumlin’s direction.
Williams had the best season ever for a true freshman interior lineman with USC, having already racked up 64 tackles, 13 stops behinds the line and 8 sacks on the season, including USC’s appearance in the Sun Bowl. 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.
For a complete look at the 2012 FWAA Freshman All-American Team, click here.