DT: Leonard Williams (2012-14)
Not only was Leonard Williams the best defensive tackle during USC’s bout with sanctions, he might very well be the greatest in school history.
Williams got to Los Angeles as an intriguing Signing Day pickup in 2012 out of Florida, and immediately paid dividends in Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 defense. Playing a three-technique defensive tackle position, Williams was the Pac-12’s Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, registering eight sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
He became a run-stopping defensive end in the Trojans’ odd-man fronts of the 2013 and 2014 seasons, but continued to wreck havoc in the backfield. Williams amassed 153 tackles and four forced fumbles on his way to becoming the first USC defensive lineman to earn two-straight first-team All-American honors since Marlin McKeever in 1960.
In 2015, Williams became one of USC’s only two members of the Pac-12’s All-Century Team who played during the Sanctions Era. The other was a certain wide receiver.
Backup: George Uko (2010-13)