USC Football QB Caleb Williams has officially been selected as one of the four finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Williams will officially be making the trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony, in hopes to become the eighth Heisman Trophy winner in SC history. That would give USC sole possession of first place in Heisman Trophies.
They are currently in first place, but tied with Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma. Williams will likely be awarded that eighth Heisman Trophy, as SC went from 4-8 to 11-2 after they brought him in via the transfer portal this past offseason. The Trojans went from having their worst year in program history to being ranked in the top 10 and earning a trip to the Cotton Bowl after they added Williams.
Williams was tied for the country's lead in touchdown passes (37), and also added on 10 rushing touchdowns to that number. He only threw four total interceptions. He averaged 9.1 pass yards per attempt, and also averaged 10.3 adjusted pass yards per attempt. Adding to his dynamic play style, he tacked on 372 rushing yards to his 4,075 passing yards.
The other three finalists were C.J. Stroud, Max Duggan, and Stetson Bennett. Duggan is likely his best competition, and while it's true that Duggan is going to the College Football Playoff and Williams is not, Duggan is not the QB that Williams is. Duggan not only averaged less yards per pass attempt (9) and less adjusted yards per pass attempt (10.2) than Williams, but he only threw 30 touchdowns.
A top three USC Football QB of all time, Caleb Williams should be an obvious choice for the Heisman Trophy.
Duggan also only had six rushing touchdowns, which is obviously four scores less than USC Football signal-caller Caleb Williams. Duggan had only 3,321 passing yards.
Besides, if Williams was not injured in the Pac-12 Championship Game, or he had his supporting cast even remotely healthy (his RB1 and top two offensive lineman were injured), he'd of course likely be in the College Football Playoff as well.
Despite Williams playing the conference championship game at less than 50% health, he still had over 108 more passing yards (363) than what Duggan had per game on the season (255). He also had a higher completion percentage in that game (68.3%) than what Duggan has had on the season (64.9%). Williams' season completion percentage is a superior 66.1%.
Williams is the top player in America, and there have already been Heisman voters who have stated that Williams will be the Heisman even if they don't vote for him. Duggan is amazing. Stroud is a great quarterback for the second year straight. All Bennett has done is win for a second year straight. None, however, are the type of player that Williams is.