USC defensive end Leonard Williams a finalist for Hendricks award

USC defensive end Leonard Williams a finalist for Hendricks award
Defensive end Leonard Williams during USC's 49-14 win over Notre Dame on Nov. 29 at the Coliseum. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

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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