USC 2012 Evaluations: DE Leonard Williams

Oct 13, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; USC Trojans defensive end Leonard Williams (94) sacks Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price (17) during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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Topics: Football, Leonard Williams, USC Trojans

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  • RallyMonkeyUSA

    L Williams is a flat out monster. He may go down as our best pass rusher of this century. He is going to be a top 3 pick in 2 years, I’m sure of that. I think it’s unfair to put all the blame for penalties on him, but yet you mentioned nothing about the penalty issues that Xavier grimble had as TE this year. 86 had at least one false start per game. Lets be fair. Williams is a freshman and he more than made up for any penalties by his DOMINANCE.