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After a week of rest, USC’s Leonard Williams is ready for Cal

Watch USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams discuss California and the NFL draft.

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams sat out last season’s victory over California because of a shoulder injury.

So he’s looking forward to playing against the Golden Bears on Thursday night at the Coliseum.

Williams had off-season surgery, but he has nursed a sore shoulder throughout a productive season.

The junior said he benefited from Coach Steve Sarkisian’s decision to give the Trojans a week off after their Nov. 1 victory at Washington State.


“The week we had off for the bye week definitely paid off,” he said.

Williams has seven tackles for losses, including 4 1/2 sacks. He also has intercepted a pass and forced four fumbles.

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