USC Quarterback, Caleb Williams, Is More Than A Heisman Hopeful

Caleb Williams continues his case as a top Heisman Candidate. While USC makes its case for the College Football Playoffs

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USC Quarterback Caleb Williams Photo Credit: John McGillen | USC Athletics
USC Quarterback Caleb Williams Photo Credit: John McGillen | USC Athletics

When Lincoln Riley took the job as the USC Trojans head coach, the biggest and best recruitment he made was convincing his starting true sophomore quarterback Caleb Williams to leave the University of Oklahoma and head west with him to Los Angeles. Currently, Riley has led the Trojans to an 8-1 record, the #8 ranking in the nation, and within 3 games of the college football playoff.

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As glowing an endorsement as that was from former Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer, he still has it wrong. Williams has been winning since he touched down on campus, and like King Midas, everything he’s touched has turned to gold.

Caleb’s Case

Williams is good enough to win the Heisman now. He has the fourth most touchdown passes in the nation with 28, and is the only quarterback in America with over 300 passing attempts and only ONE interception. James Blackman from Arkansas State, Jayden Daniels from LSU, and Grayson McCall from Coastal Carolina are the other three quarterbacks with 200+ passing attempts and one interception.

Williams’ 2,742 passing yards are 11th-most in the nation and his QB rating of 166.1 is 8th-best. The results for the USC offense have been phenomenal. Seven receivers have double-digit receptions, nine pass catchers have over 100 receiving yards, 11 different pass catchers have scored, and four receivers are averaging over 15 yards per reception.

In the last two weeks without 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison on the field, Williams has scored 10 total touchdowns. Amassing an impressive 771 passing yards and nine touchdowns through the air, and 58 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

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Williams theoretically has three opportunities to step forward and claim the Heisman Trophy. Beating the #12 UCLA Bruins and putting up huge numbers doing so will help vault him over fellow Heisman trophy candidate and UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson. It will also place the Trojans in a position to potentially beat Notre Dame on the national stage.

Beating Notre Dame convincingly with the eyes of the country on them will thrust USC into the PAC-12 title game and thrust them further forward in the rankings. It is widely expected that Oregon will handle its business against Utah at home, then travel to Corvallis and defeat Oregon St. in the Civil War. Placing them in the conference championship game as USC’s opponents.

All eyes will be on Caleb Williams vs Bo Nix. The winner of this game will undoubtedly be selected for a spot in the college football playoffs with a chance to play for the national championship. The winner will also have succeeded in making his claim to be named the best player in college football in 2022.

USC Quarterback Caleb Williams Photo Credit: John McGillen | USC Athletics
USC Quarterback Caleb Williams Photo Credit: John McGillen | USC Athletics