Williams right back to his ways for Trojans

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USC sophomore defensive end started the 2013 season right where he left off, dominating the opposing team's quarterback. Williams collected two sacks and five tackles at Hawaii.

After USC's 30-13 season opening win over Hawaii on Thursday night there's no reason to believe sophomore defensive end Leonard Williams will fall victim to any sophomore slump.

Williams, a 2012 freshman All-American, collected five tackles and two of seven total sacks for the Trojans while putting pressure on Hawaii quarterback Taylor Graham all night.

The opener marked the debut of new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's 5-2 scheme. USC allowed 231 total yards of offense by the Rainbow Warriors, only 23 of those yards rushing. They had nine tackles for a total loss of 40 yards.

"It's all about the blitz packages," Williams explained, "the offensive line doesn't know how to pick up the schemes and it's just everybody doing their assignments."

Even though the Trojans earned the win, Williams said after the game he expects much more in the future. "It was very important to come out and get the season opening game win," he said. "But I thought we should've done a lot better.

Safety Dion Bailey led the defense with seven tackles, a sack and an interception. Defensive end George Uko also chipped in two sacks.

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