Leonard Williams, Andre Heidari Named Pac-12 Players Of Week

    Leonard Williams
    Sept. 8, 2014

    USC junior defensive end Leonard Williams and senior placekicker Andre Heidari were named Pac-12 Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in USC's win last Saturday (Sept. 6) at Stanford.

    Williams, a 2013 All-American first teamer whose playing status against No. 13 Stanford was in doubt because of a sprained ankle he suffered in practice last Tuesday, started and played most of the game. He had a game-high 11 tackles with a sack that came on the Cardinal's final drive of the game, helping to preserve the Trojans' 13-10 victory.

    Heidari nailed a career-long 53-yard field goal (tied for the third longest in USC history) with 2:30 to play to give USC the 3-point win over the Cardinal. It was the second consecutive year that USC defeated Stanford on a late Heidari field goal, as he made a 47-yarder last year with 19 seconds to go (when he also won Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors). Against the Cardinal on Saturday, he also hit an earlier 25-yard field goal and a PAT, plus he had a touchback on one of his four kickoffs.

    Also honored as by the Pac-12 this week on offense was Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.