Caleb Williams sets USC Football record due to his dual-threat ability

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Caleb Williams has been excellent this season as both a passer and a runner for the USC Football program. As a thrower, he's averaging 8.8 yards per pass attempt, and 10.4 adjusted yards per pass attempt. He's thrown 31 touchdown passes and also thrown just two interceptions. As a runner, he's contributed 283 ground yards to the Trojans, and six rushing touchdowns.

Turns out, he's scored those rushing touchdowns in historic fashion. According to USC Football Team Reporter Keely Eure, Williams is the first SC signal-caller to have two games with two or more rushing scores in the same year, since complete records originally became available for this statistic (1972).

This goes to show how impressive Williams can be with his legs, even in games where he's actually only rushing for -4 total rushing yards. He still knows how to find the end zone with his legs, as he scored two rushing TD's in Friday's win against Colorado. The other time he's scored two rushing touchdowns in one single game was Week 3 this year against Fresno State.

Interestingly, that was another game where he had very few rushing yards on the day. He had only one yard on the ground. And it again goes to show that Williams doesn't need to produce a ton of yardage to make a big difference in the running game. This is especially important with Trojan RB1 Travis Dye being out for the rest of the year.

USC Football needs all the help they can get via the running game, and Caleb Williams is a great option.

Also, it's not that Caleb Williams can't generate any yards on the ground, and only touchdowns for USC Football. Williams had a very solid 68 rush yards in his Week 1 performance against Rice, and has averaged at least 5.3 yards per carry in three different games in 2022. Those games were Rice (11.3 yards per carry), Arizona State (5.5 yards per carry), and Cal (5.4 yards per carry).

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Williams is an exceptional player when he tucks the ball and runs, which is what makes him so hard to defend via the aerial attack. He's very unpredictable in how he attacks defenses, and accounting for both his legs and his arm is no easy task for opposing coordinators.