Caleb Williams, the dynamic QB for USC, won the Heisman on Saturday night. With his win, USC becomes the first school to take home college football’s most prestigious player of the year award eight times.
Williams brought sizzle, excitement and star power back to USC. He passed for 4.075 yards, 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound sophomore also ran for 10 touchdowns, drawing comparisons to Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes for his ability to improvise and deliver perfect passes from a variety of arm angles.
Williams was a five-star recruit from Washington, he has been a celebrity since high school. As a freshman at Oklahoma last year, Williams grabbed hold of the starting job, coming off the bench to rally the Sooners past rival Texas and immediately becoming one of the college football’s most exciting players.
Williams transferred to USC in the offseason to play for Lincoln Riley and amassed an extensive and lucrative endorsement portfolio before ever playing a game for the Trojans.
Williams received 544 first-place votes and 2,031 points to easily outpoint TCU quarterback Max Duggan (1,420). He is the fourth transfer to win the Heisman in the last six years, joining Baker Mayfield (2017) and Kyler Murray (2018) of Oklahoma and Joe Burrow (2019) of LSU.
The Trojans hope a revival is underway, led by Lincoln Riley, who coached Oklahoma’s last two Heisman winners, and Williams, who followed the QB whisperer from Norman to Los Angeles.
The Trojans could not close the deal, losing the Pac-12 title game to Utah with Williams hobbling through much of the game with a strained hamstring. Still, he threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns to give USC a chance, and solidified his status as Heisman frontrunner.
Williams is the 19th QB to win the Heisman since 2000, the third from USC. He is the sixth sophomore, and second straight, to win the Heisman. Alabama’s Bryce Young won the Heisman in his second season last year, and finished sixth in the voting this year, behind Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker.
USC QB Caleb Williams. Photo courtsey of Bleacher Report