Caleb Williams didn't look his best for USC football on Saturday according to strange Twitter takes, but not according to ex-Heisman Trophy-winning QB at USC, Matt Leinart. Before the performance was even over, Leinart took a look at his game stats posted by Reign of Troy's Twitter account, and simply replied with one word: "Heisman:"
Leinart made a good call, as Williams truly was on his way to an elite Week 3 performance. He finished the day going 25/37 for 284 passing yards and four touchdowns (two passing). That's quite the dominant performance, especially when winning the game by 28 points (45-17). And Leinart wasn't necessarily being hyperbolic when he implied that this performance was Heisman-like.
When Leinart won the Heisman in 2004, he completed 65.3% of his passes for 8.1 yards per pass attempt. He averaged three touchdowns per game. Williams of course completed 67.6% of his passes in the game for 7.7 yards per pass attempt, and tacked on four touchdowns. This was indeed a performance expected from a Heisman winner.
In fact, on the season, Williams continues to be electric. He's completing 74.4% of his passes for 10.2 yards an attempt and 10 total touchdowns so far (eight passing). He's yet to turn the ball over once, and is averaging 12 adjusted yards per attempt. Of course it's early, but these numbers absolutely back Williams being a top two Heisman candidate on the year up to this point.
Caleb Williams was just as good on Saturday for USC football than he was overall last season.
Last season, former Oklahoma QB and current USC Football QB Caleb Williams completed 64.5% of his passes for 9.1 yards per pass attempt.
Obviously, that completion percentage is lower than what Williams' was for the game on Saturday, and while his yards per attempt number was higher, he wasn't scoring four touchdowns a game like Williams did last week. He also threw four picks in his seven starts. As aforementioned, Williams did not throw a pick against Fresno State and still hasn't thrown one this year at all.
If this was Williams' worst day, it's safe to say that he's most certainly in the conversation for the Heisman. And the winning certainly won't hurt. USC's now 3-0 and ranked No. 7 in the nation. If Williams can keep this up--leading the Trojans to national contention--don't be surprised at all to see a lot more than just Leinart asking for another Heisman Trophy to add to USC's resume.