Man of few words becomes man of many

USC redshirt junior Antwaun Woods decided in the offseason that this was his year to step up on the defensive line and take a leadership role. His coaches have taken notice and Woods is poised to have a breakout season...

USC redshirt junior Antwaun Woods discusses his new leadership role, playing for defensive line coach Chris Wilson, and the new-look Trojans defense…

USC coach Steve Sarkisian was asked about the leadership of USC redshirt senior Hayes Pullard during week one of spring practices.

Sarkisian spoke highly of the redshirt senior leader who chose to put of the NFL one more season to return to Troy.

Then, in a more surprising move, Sarkisian went on to talk about defensive lineman and redshirt junior Antwaun Woods.

"I think Antwaun Woods is stepping up in his leadership role," Sarkisian offered, "He's really maturing."

Woods started six games for the Trojans in 2013, playing in 13. He collected 19 tackles, made an 8-yard sack and had one deflection.

Through five spring practice, Woods has anchored the interior defensive line in defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox's multiple-front defense.

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