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USC football’s most dominant defenders of all-time, ranked

USC football defensive lineman Leonard Williams. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
USC football defensive lineman Leonard Williams. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images) /
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USC football defender Willie McGinest.
USC football defender Willie McGinest. /

USC football’s No. 24 dominant defender: Willie McGinest

There’s nothing quite as terrifying as a dominating pass rusher and Willie McGinest is one of the most terrifying to ever play for USC.

In 1992, McGinest was the definition of dominant, logging 23 tackles for loss and 16 sacks—the third-most by a Trojan ever. The next year he captained USC with 13 TFLs and six sacks.

He may never have garnered an All-American nod, but he was named to the Pac-12 first team twice in his career.

All told, McGinest had 48 tackles for loss and 29 sacks as a Trojan. He went on to have a long and prosperous NFL career with the New England Patriots, winning three Super Bowls and setting the record for the most postseason sacks.

In 2015 a panel of voters selected him to the Pac-12’s All-Century Team as a defensive end, an honor which was well deserved.

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