Stats: 13 games played, 64 tackles, 1 interception, 13.5 tackles for loss (46 yards), 8 sacks, 4 passes broken up
What Stood Out: How about FWAA Freshman All-American? Leonard came in 2nd on the Trojans in sacks, 5th in tackles, 2nd in tackles-for-loss, had 2 fumble recoveries & an interception. Williams is only a freshman, too! This kid is an absolute wrecking crew on the defensive line. He did a little bit of everything in 2012 & he will be called upon to improve on that in 2013.
What Needed Work: The penalties! My god, the penalties! Jay Stricherz might still be throwing flags on Leonard Williams. This guy had ALL OF THE PENALTIES in 2012. Discipline will be a huge issue for Williams moving forward. Considering that USC was the 18th most penalized team in the nation (yards) & racked up 808 penalty yards, Williams had better learn to play with more discipline if he expects to retain his starting position moving forward.
Final Word: Stop. Getting. Flagged. In addition to the stats already mentioned, USC was tied for 6th in the nation for total flags, with 101 flags thrown on them. Williams was as much of a part of this as anyone & he had some rather huge blunders. The upside to Williams is definitely there, but the part of his brain that operates like the 2012 Raiders needs to be permanently removed.