As the college football season approaches, the question of whether USC star quarterback Caleb Williams can achieve back-to-back Heisman Trophy wins has generated considerable discussion. Williams, undoubtedly one of the most talented players in college football, faces several challenges in his quest to replicate his past success and join the ranks of the legendary Archie Griffin, the only player to win the Heisman twice.
One significant hurdle for Williams will be the loss of key offensive weapons, such as wide receiver Jordan Addison and running back Travis Dye, who have departed for the NFL. With these playmakers gone, Williams will need to rely on new targets and establish strong connections with them quickly to maintain his high level of performance.
The departure of other talented players for the NFL further complicates Williams’ pursuit of a second consecutive Heisman. The supporting cast around him will be crucial in determining his chances of success, as even the most talented quarterback can struggle without a strong team backing him up.
The historical precedent of back-to-back Heisman wins is another factor to consider. Archie Griffin, the only player to achieve this feat, accomplished it over four decades ago (1974 and 1975). The rarity of back-to-back Heisman winners underscores the difficulty of the task, as well as the intense competition for the prestigious award.