USC sophomore defensive end Leonard Williams is among 16 semifinalists for the 2013 Bednarik Award, presented annually to the nation's top defensive player by the Maxwell Football Club.
He is the only sophomore among the semifinalists.
Williams currently leads USC in tackles (54), tackles for loss (11) and sacks (5) in 2013. He is on pace to become the first Trojan defensive lineman to lead the team in tackles since Mike McGirr in 1971. He made the 2013 CBSSports.com Midseason All-American first team.
The winner of the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show that will be broadcast on ESPN on Dec. 12, 2013. Three finalist will be announced on Nov. 25, 2013 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of the Bednarik Award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner on Feb. 28, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.