USC defensive end Leonard Williams a finalist for Hendricks award

USC's Leonard Williams is a finalist for Ted Hendricks award for top college defensive end

USC's Leonard Williams is one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks award, presented annually to college football's top defensive end.

Williams, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound junior, has 8 1/2 tackles for losses, including six sacks. He also has intercepted a pass and forced three fumbles.

Other finalists: Ohio State's Joey Basa, Clemson's Vic Beasley, Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha, Utah's Nate Orchard, Missouri's Shane Ray.

The winner will be announced Dec. 10.

Williams is regarded as a top pro prospect. He is expected to make himself available for the 2015 NFL draft.

USC finished the regular season with an 8-4 record. The Trojans will learn their bowl destination on Sunday.

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