Williams produced seven goals, tied for the team lead with teammate and Pac-12 Player of the Year Ryan Hollingshead, and four assists. His 18 points (two for a goal and one for an assist) ranked second at UCLA.
Williams, also an Academic All-District team honoree with a 3.34 grade-point average in business economics, helped the Bruins (13-3-3) win the conference title and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Williams, who started 17 of the Bruins 19 games, now has 13 goals and 10 assists in 61 games for the Bruins. He received honorable mention in All-Pac-10 voting as a freshman.
He had multiple-goal games in 2012 against Maryland and San Diego State.
— Barry Faulkner
Former Newport Harbor High football player Ryan Iverson was one of 50 college football players nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy.
The award is given to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on like Brandon Burlsworth. The winner will be announced during a ceremony Monday in Arkansas.
Iverson, who's now a junior at the University of Colorado, earned first-team All-Sunset League honors as a linebacker and was the Sailors' Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. He walked on as a long snapper with the Buffaloes and became the sixth walk-on to play as a true freshman at Colorado since 1986. He also earned a scholarship after his freshman year.
— From staff reports
Award in Newport
The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation revealed the four finalists for the 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy.
The annual honor is bestowed to the defensive player who's had the biggest IMPACT – an acronym standing for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity – on his team. The winner will be announced during a banquet Dec. 9 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be the keynote speaker of the event, which will be televised live by FOX Sports at 7 p.m.
Each of the finalists has been highly recommended by their universities, citing their strong academic work, community involvement and team leadership roles. The IMPACT Foundation will award $25,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university with each of the runner-ups' school receiving $5,000.
— From staff reports