Caleb Williams wins eighth Heisman Trophy in USC Football history

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Caleb Williams, USC Football, USC Trojans / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Caleb Williams has officially become the eighth Heisman Trophy winner in USC Football history. Williams is now the first Heisman Trophy winner from USC since 2005, when SC Running Back Reggie Bush took home the hardware. Williams won it over the other three finalists in TCU QB Max Duggan, Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud, and Georgia QB Stetson Bennett.

Williams won this award for many reasons. He carried this team from a 4-8 team the year before he got here into an 11-1 team in his first year here, which was of course this year.

SC went to the Pac-12 Championship Game, and likely wins that game and goes to the College Football Playoff if Williams doesn't suffer injuries in that game (SC was winning 17-3 in the second quarter when he was at least slightly healthy). Still, he took a 4-8 team to a Top 10 CFP Top 25 Ranking and trip to the Cotton Bowl.

How does anybody know that he carried this team to these heights on his back? Well, the eye test tells it all, but so do the numbers. Sure, everyone's seen the endless highlights of Williams dodging all 11 defenders and turning 20-yard sacks into 60 yard rushes, everyone's seen Williams throwing jump passes for first downs while running backwards, everyone's seen Williams throwing deep touchdown bombs on the run, and everyone's even seen much more.

But Caleb Williams' numbers also prove why he's USC Football's eighth Heisman Trophy winner as well.

Caleb Williams threw 37 touchdown passes, and added 10 rushing touchdowns for USC Football on the year. He only threw a total of four picks. He threw for 4,075 passing yards, and also ran for 372 rushing yards.

Nobody had the type of dual-threat capabilities that Williams showed throughout the season. He put up those numbers against five Top 20 teams too; erasing early season doubts that he would regress in the second half of the season, when the schedule was going to get tougher.

Williams is now the third quarterback in USC history to win the Heisman Trophy. The scariest part? He's going to be here another year. The last time a USC player won the Heisman and came back for another year (QB Matt Leinart), he was a finalist and took his team to the National Championship.

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It's safe to say that Williams is in great company, and has a bright future. He's already achieved the greatest honor in college football. Nobody can ever take away from his greatness after Saturday night.