Leonard Williams Named Hendricks Award Finalist

    Leonard Williams
    Dec. 4, 2014

    USC junior defensive end Leonard Williams has been named one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation's top defensive end.

    The winner will be named on Dec. 10.

    The other finalists are Ohio State's Joey Bosa, Clemson's Vic Beasley, Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha, Utah's Nate Orchard and Missouri's Shane Ray.

    Williams has 71 tackles in 2014, including 8.5 for losses with 6 sacks. He also has a team-best 3 forced fumbles along with 3 deflections, an interception and a fumble recovery.

    A two-time All-Pac-12 first teamer, he is aiming to be USC's first 2-time All-American first team defensive end since Marlin McKeever in 1959-60. In 2014, Williams also was a semifinalist for the 2014 Lombardi Award, Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy.