Top 3 USC Football studs selected to Walter Camp All-American Team
By Evan Desai
USC Football saw three total 2022 Walter Camp All-America Team selections last week. Those three selections were QB Caleb Williams, DL Tuli Tuipulotu, and G Andrew Vorhees. Williams and Tuipulotu were even named to the First-Team.
Williams was selected just before he won the 2022 Heisman Trophy. That's what happens when one passes for 4,075 yards and rushes for 372 yards. They take home a lot of hardware.
After Williams threw 37 touchdowns and ran for 10 more, he won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year, and more. That was far from it, though, as the Walter Camp All-America Team had to add to the list of accomplishments for Williams as well.
Williams only threw four interceptions, and threw for 9.1 yards per pass attempt and 10.3 adjusted yards per pass attempt. Anyone questioning why he was selected to the First Team might as well never speak about football again. The same can be said about Tuipulotu.
Tuli Tuipulotu had to play all of Defensive Tackle, Defensive End, and even Mike Linebacker for USC Football this season.
And Tuli Tuipulotu, like Caleb Williams and Andrew Vorhees, did it all at an elite level. Tuipulotu's 21 tackles for loss led the Power 5, and his 12.5 sacks led the entire COUNTRY. He had 44 tackles as well, along with three PDs and two forced fumbles too. Watching him battle Vorhees in practice must be amazing.
After all, SC's offensive line didn't look right at all when Vorhees wasn't in the game. Vorhees had to miss two games this year; one being against Arizona and the other being against Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game. SC held their own against the Wildcats' weak defense, but their offense looked wildly different when they had to play without Vorhees against a stout Utah defensive front.
SC came out to a strong start, leading 17-3 in the second quarter. But once Williams' hamstring injury showed up and took his mobility from him, it was clear how much Williams was able to mask the deficiencies SC had on their line without Vorhees. The pocket kept collapsing, which is the last thing SC could afford with Williams' injury.
Not having Vorhees out there cost the Trojans big, and SC gave up SEVEN sacks. SC's offense only gave up 1.9 sacks per contest coming into that game. Without Vorhees, though, things were different. SC also only ran for 56 yards on 2.1 yards per carry in that game. They averaged 5.13 rush yards per carry for 174.2 rushing yards per game on the year. That's how important Vorhees is to this team.
All three players were VERY deserving, and were the backbone of the turnaround that the Trojans had this year to get to 11-2 after they went just 4-8 last year.
Tuipulotu and Vorhees will likely be drafted within the first couple rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft, as they finished their college careers with quite the exclamation point. Williams will be back for his Junior season, ready to lead two more teammates to these heights in 2023.