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Former USC DT Leonard Williams shows support for Trojans

The USC Trojans have had a tumultuous 2015 season. After starting the season with such promise and looking to compete for a national championship, the team has dropped two of their last three games to unranked opponents and have fallen out of the AP Top 25 rankings. Not only that, but their head coach Steve Sarkisian was fired on Monday after he was put on indefinite leave for suspicion...
Via Campus Sports Net
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Jets rookie, USC alum Williams shows support for Trojans

 Leonard Williams wanted to let his former Southern California teammates know he was thinking of them.The New York Jets rookie defensive lineman wore a white USC Trojans T-shirt in the locker room Wednesday in support of the football program, which was rocked Monday when coach Steve Sarkisian was fired.Sarkisian had been put on indefinite leave on Sunday, but was then deemed by...
Via AP on Fox
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Jets rookie Williams wears USC T-shirt in support of program

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets rookie defensive lineman Leonard Williams showed his support for the USC football program while wearing a Trojans T-shirt in the locker room. Williams played three seasons at USC, including last year with coach Steve Sarkisian, who was fired Monday - one day after the university placed the troubled coach on leave when it determined he wasn't...
Via AP on Fox
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Former player Leonard Williams defends Steve Sarkisian

USC football fired head coach Steve Sarkisian, but he still has a supporter in ex-Trojans-turned-New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams. According to Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media, Williams said he didn’t notice alcohol problems with Sarkisian either as a player or during his return trip to Southern Cal for the team’s outing last Thursday. Williams defended Sarkisian...
Via Sportsnaut
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Jets Rookie Defensive Lineman Has Huge Preseason Game Vs. Falcons

As much as it may pain me, as a Dolphins fan, to give the New York Jets a compliment, I guess I have to: Leonard Williams, the team’s first round draft pick this year, is a beast. The former USC Trojans star showed up in a big way during Friday’s preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. Things started out with a sack of quarterback T.J. Yates that also resulted in a safety...
Via Gamedayr
August 22, 2015  |  Discuss

USC plans a big group effort to replace Leonard Williams

LOS ANGELES (AP) Replacing Leonard Williams is the glaring challenge for Southern California's defense. Williams was the last and perhaps greatest find of former assistant coach Ed Orgeron's decade-long association with the Trojans. The star defensive lineman was a relentless force, tallying 218 tackles, 36 1-2 tackles for loss and 21 sacks in three seasons before being selected...
Via AP on Fox
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

USC has numbers at wide receiver but production is another story

USC didn't just take a big hit with the departure of Leonard Williams to the NFL. The Trojans also are reeling after losing five of their top seven receivers from last season. Nevertheless, USC has immense talent across the board with Adoree' Jackson, Steven Mitchell and Justin Davis. The Trojans also have talent coming in by way of junior college transfers, such as Isaac Whitney...
Via Fox Sports
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

USC Football: Su’a Cravens

Su’a Cravens USC football has a lot to look forward to in the upcoming season. The team is no longer under NCAA sanctions, Steve Sarkisian is entering his second season as the head coach and there is talent at every position. Senior quarterback Cody Kessler is getting a lot of attention as a Heisman-contender and dynamic sophomores JuJu Smith and Adoree’ Jackson will look to...
Via isportsweb.com
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

The New York Jets Expect Leonard Williams to Produce Immediately

Defensive end Leonard Williams #94 of the USC Trojans warms up before the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) In the 2015 NFL draft, the New York Jets selected Leonard Williams with the 6th overall pick. Projected to be drafted in the top three, Williams slid down to the sixth pick and there was no way they...
Via The Sports Journal
June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Jets – Inside the Film Room: Leonard Williams Edition

2015 New York Jets first round selection Leonard Williams was one of the more prolific players on the college football platform in 2014. Few expected him to be available past the top five picks, as he is regarded as a game changing defender who can step in the trenches instantly. So what makes Williams so good? Where does he win? Does it all translate to the NFL, where offensive...
Via Turn On The Jets
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

USC Football: To the NFL

Leonard Williams With the NFL draft now completed it’s time to take a look at how the former USC football players fit with their new teams. Leonard Williams, New York Jets Williams took quite the slide on draft night and should end up as the steal of this year’s draft. He is the type of player who can dominate the game from the defensive side of the ball with his athleticism...
Via isportsweb.com
May 03, 2015  |  Discuss

NY Jets Darrelle Revis to rookie Leonard Williams: ‘Let’s get to work.’

With the sixth pick in the Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft, the New York Jets added another beast to its lethal defensive unit, USC’s Leonard Williams.  Darrelle Revis and Damon Harrison, two of the Jets’ defensive leaders, extended a warm social media welcome to the 6’5, 305 lb. defensive lineman nicknamed Big Cat. Here’s what they said: Welcome to Jets Nation...
Via All Sports Everything
May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Initial Reaction – All The Defensive Lineman, Jets Select Leonard Williams

The New York Jets continued to add to their incredibly deep and talented defensive line tonight by selecting Leonard Williams from USC with the 6th overall pick. It was a surprise that Williams was still available and a mild surprise that the Jets ended up pulling the trigger on him. Here is further thoughts on the decision… 1. By most people’s estimation, Williams was the best...
Via Turn On The Jets
May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

NY Jets: The strong get stronger with Leonard Williams pick

Finally, we can kill all of the mock draft discussions and talk hard facts. Since January, New York Jets fans have eagerly anticipated Round 1 of the NFL Draft. With newly installed general manager Mike Maccagnan making sound and productive offseason acquisitions — Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Brandon Marshall, to name a few —  Jets fans finally had a trustworthy triggerman...
Via All Sports Everything
May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Jets Take Leonard Williams

With the sixth pick of the 2015 NFL draft the New York Jets selected defensive lineman Leonard Williams out of South Carolina. Considering the first five picks, I expected the Jets to trade back or select Kevin White. After all, the Jets most talented unit is their defensive line.While the Jets didn’t address any of their positions of need, they did do the thing that fans of every...
Via Pro Football Spot
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Leonard Williams adds depth to ferocious New York Jets defense

After much speculation, the New York Jets chose to bolster their defensive line by selecting USC defensive end Leonard Williams with the sixth overall pick in the draft. Despite off-field issues, Williams was rated as the best overall player available on some draft boards. He will bring tremendous strength and versatility to the Jets’ defensive front and is perhaps the missing...
Via EndZoneScore
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears barely miss star Williams, grab stud WR at No. 7 instead (video)

For just a moment it looked like USC star pass rusher Leonard Williams would slip to the Chicago Bears. That didn’t happen as he went No. 6 to the Jets, but the Bears did just fine for themselves, adding a stud wide receiver with the No. 7 pick. The #Bears select Kevin White at No. 7. He asked me if the #Bears would select him on Tuesday. I guessed yes. He’s happy. — Ian Rapoport...
Via cover32
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Jets take Leonard Williams with No. 6 pick in NFL draft

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have selected Southern California defensive tackle Leonard Williams with the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night. Williams, who had 20 sacks in three seasons with the Trojans, adds to new coach Todd Bowles' already solid defensive line that includes fellow first-rounders Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. New general...
Via AP on Fox
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Jets Select Leonard Williams with Sixth Pick

The New York Jets defensive line just got an appreciable upgrade, with the team selecting lineman Leonard Williams with the sixth pick in Round 1 of the 2015 NFL draft. Williams, alongside fellow defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, will give the Jets added ammunition against both the run and the pass. This selection could also mean that Wilkerson is indeed...
Via Sportsnaut
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Leonard Williams Taken No. 6 Overall In The 2015 NFL Draft

Former USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams was taken by the New York Jets with the No. 6 overall pick. He is the second player from the Pac-12 to be selected tonight. Congratulations to USC DE @leonardwilliams on being selected 6th overall by the @nyjets. #USCtotheNFL #FightOn pic.twitter.com/qJ2tQ8YOCg — USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) May 1, 2015 Williams, who many consider...
Via College Spun
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading the New York Jets 1st Round Selection of the 2015 NFL Draft

Player Selected: Leonard Williams DT, USC Initial Reaction: Getting the best player in the draft at pick 6? Not to shabby. The Jets have a handful of youngsters and adding him to the mix only helps them take it up a notch. Could easily be the steal of the draft.Disclaimer: I agree you can’t grade a player before they even put a jersey on, but what fun would that be?Grade for this...
Via DraftSeason
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

USC Football: What to watch for NFL draft day 1

The drought is over! The USC football team has historically been one of the most heavily represented college football programs in the the NFL draft with five top overall selections and north 70 past first round picks.  With that in mind, the program has experienced an uncharacteristic lull in early-round activity over the last few years, with the program’s most recent first round...
Via isportsweb.com
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Draft Rumors: Trades, Cardinals, Cowboys, Saints, & Titans

Trades Jason Cole suggests a trade between the Redskins and Jaguars that would allow Washington to move up to No. 3 overall for Florida DE/OLB Dante Fowler with Jacksonville dropping back to No. 5 for USC DL Leonard Williams. However, Cole mentions that this would obviously come down to the required compensation. Albert Breer mentions that ...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: The Jacksonville Jaguars select Leonard Williams

The Jacksonville Jaguars have to like what they hear from defensive tackle Leonard Williams. The USC stud and the most complete player in the 2015 NFL Draft has put it out there for the world to read – He wants to be the No. 1 overall pick tonight in Chicago. There are two problems with that desire. First, he is not a quarter. Second, Tampa Bay and Tennessee need talent behind...
Via cover32
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Giants reached out to Leonard Williams for draft day phone number

Before I go on, I must caution you to take every draft rumor from this point on with a grain of salt. This is the misinformation season in fast forward and multiplied by two times. Having said that, an interesting New York Giants rumor has surfaced.   Sam Farmer of the LA Times reported that defensive line prospect Leonard Williams has told him that the Giants have reached out for...
Via Fox Sports
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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