USC Football's Head Coach and Quarterback, Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams, are new to this program but not to each other. The two were together at Oklahoma last year, and established a tight QB-HC relationship when Williams took over as the starting Quarterback halfway through the season.
The returns were great for the pair, as Williams racked up 9.1 yards per pass attempt and 5.6 yards per carry on the season. He scored 27 total touchdowns (21 passing) despite not even starting until the second half of the year. The team won a whole lot, too, as they had an 11-2 season where they finished inside the top 10 of the Final AP Poll.
On FOX Sports' College Football pre-game show Saturday morning, they did a segment on the relationship between the two, and what makes that relationship and the team as a whole so special:
The best part was Lincoln Riley saying that USC Football QB1 is just as talented as any quarterback he's ever coached.
That's because USC Football Head Coach Lincoln Riley has coached some pretty incredibly talented quarterbacks beyond just Caleb Williams. He's also coached multiple Heisman winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.
Both were No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft. Murray is even a two-time Pro Bowler in the NFL. Riley also coached Jalen Hurts, who was drafted within the first two round of the NFL Draft as well. For Williams to be in the same conversation as those three shows just how amazing he is.
And one sees why when Riley talked about how Williams indeed is most certainly just as great of a runner as he is a passer. The two have certainly figured out how to get the best out of him this season, as not only is the team 4-0, but Williams has also led the team to these victories through tossing for 8.6 yards per pass attempt.
He's completed 65.6% of his passes, and tacked on 100 rushing yards too. Williams has already scored 11 touchdowns (nine passing), and hasn't turned the ball over a single time on the season. He's doing this in his first season with a completely new program. The two of them are having this type of season despite taking over for a 4-8 team from last year.
It's absolutely safe to agree with Williams that they have the best QB-HC relationship in the nation. They've certainly backed that up on the field, and have so far put together a better team at USC than what they had at OU last year, despite picking it up after the worst season in USC history.
This team is not where they're at right now without the two of them. Their relationship is second to none, and continues to propel SC to victories.