New USC Football QB Caleb Williams was just named as a Walter Camp Preseason Second Team All-American. After averaging 9.1 yards per attempt through the air and 5.6 yards per attempt on the ground, it's hard to argue with the decision.
Williams didn't even start until the second half of the season and was still the leading Heisman contender for a time during the year. That's supposed to be impossible to do. Williams scored 27 total touchdowns despite not being the starting QB until that second half.
Of course, the player who WON the Heisman in Bryce Young was the First-Team selection. Williams beat out Ohio State's C.J. Stroud, though, which shows just how special Williams is.
Stroud was one of the four Heisman finalists last season, but again, things plausibly could have been different if Williams was the starting QB the whole year like Stroud. After all, again, Williams had 27 touchdowns last year as the starter for half a year. Stroud had 44 the whole time.
Stroud isn't the dual-threat QB that USC Football's Caleb Williams is.
While it truly is a toss-up between the great Ohio State QB Stroud and the great USC QB Caleb Williams, one thing is for sure: Stroud is the opposite of a dual-threat quarterback and Williams excels in that element of his game. Stroud is a non-factor with his legs. Last year, he had -20 rushing yards and no rushing TD's.
Williams, however, had 442 yards on the ground and six rushing touchdowns. Once again, this is without even starting for the first six games. Clearly, Walter Camp appreciates Williams' dual-threat prowess quite a bit. Enough to move the needle in terms of him passing the outstanding QB that Stroud truly is.
Williams now has the chance to earn it in Year 2 with Lincoln Riley. He'll have his buddy Jordan Addison to throw the rock to, along with perhaps his favorite target in Mario Williams. All things are setting themselves up for Williams to have a strong year, and being better than Stroud is certainly not off the table.