The media is finally beginning to say what USC Football fans have been saying about Caleb Williams all year. They are finally beginning to give him his credit for his season that should have him ahead of the Heisman Trophy race. During and after the game on Saturday against Cal, many prominent CFB media members made it clear that Williams deserves more love in the Heisman race.
Heck, even Danny Kanell of CBS Sports--who went on a four-day Twitter rant in the offseason about how USC is cheating and tampering in the transfer portal (despite no evidence of anything)--even made it clear that Williams is easily one of his top two Heisman contenders:
It was great to see him give USC its credit, and much respect to him for doing so. It's hard to disagree with him having Williams ahead of everybody, except Maye who's in that same class. Williams has averaged 10.3 adjusted yards per passing attempt while also averaging four yards per rush attempt.
He's collected 28 touchdown passes while also scoring four TD's on the ground. He's only turned the ball over once this season. No QB in college football history has ever thrown 28 touchdown passes with just one interception through the first nine games of the season since 2004.
Both Williams and Maye have been sensational, and with Williams' team ranked No. 9 in the country, he may even be in the lead. Maye's UNC Tar Heels were just 17th. With Williams winning again this week, he will continue to have his program ahead of North Carolina's in the upcoming CFP rankings.
The issue for USC Football's Heisman contender, Caleb Williams, could be his lack of exposure.
With USC Football QB Caleb Williams constantly playing in late-night games, and sometimes on the PAC-12 Network, the media is oftentimes not taking the time to watch him play.
A former USC Football Heisman Trophy winner in Matt Leinart asks the question of what more he needs to do to get the amount of Heisman love he deserves, and at least one major part of that has to be that lack of TV exposure.
Heck, a lack of eyeballs on PAC-12 Heisman contenders is what cost Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) his Heisman Trophy in 2015. Anyone who watches Williams, though, has acknowledged that he needs to be at or near the top of the pack.
Even College Football Insider Mike Farrell, who has butted heads with Williams in the past, even can't help but point out that nobody should be sleeping on the USC signal-caller:
Look--it's important to understand the context of what Williams is doing. Williams took over a USC program that was 4-8 last season...He's now 8-1 and ranked inside the top 9 of the entire country. It's impossible to argue that any one player has had a greater impact on his team from last year to this, than Williams.
How can anyone not see why there are takes like this one above? Again, consider context: He's even doing this without his top two receivers. Without Jordan Addison and Mario Williams these last two games, he's completed 66.3% of his passes for 771 yards and nine touchdown tosses.
Also adding 52 yards on the ground on 11 carries with a rushing score, Williams can't be stopped; even when his targets aren't out there. Williams has been the best player in college football this year. He at the very least needs to be in New York for the Heisman ceremony, as he somehow seems to get better and better regardless of what skill position talent is out there with him.