USC football's Jordan Addison, Andrew Vorhees earn top preseason honor

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USC football's top WR (Jordan Addison) and top OL (Andrew Vorhees) ended their offseason as strong as they possibly could have--earning AP First-Team All-American selections. They have been receiving First-Team All-American honors all offseason, and now finish fall camp with selections from the AP, which is probably the best group to gain selections from.

Both of them are obviously incredibly deserving. In Addison's case, he's coming off of a season where he won the Biletnikoff award. He's an easy choice for a preseason first-team All-America nod. Addison reeled in 100 catches for 1,593 receiving yards. He caught 17 touchdowns on the year. As for Vorhees, he was a no-brainer too.

The only offensive lineman in football last year to have BOTH a 90+ pass-blocking PFF grade and 90+ run-blocking PFF grade, he's elite like Addison. He only allowed one sack all year last season despite having to constantly switch back and forth between left guard and left tackle. It would have been a crime for either of these two to not be named to this honor.

USC football gives Caleb Williams what he needs to succeed on offense this year, and largely due to Jordan Addison and Andrew Vorhees.

Williams steps in at QB for USC football with the best WR in the nation in Jordan Addison and the best interior offensive lineman in the nation in Andrew Vorhees. While the transition from OU to USC will be a transition just like any other in certain ways, Williams is clearly being supported by what's around him in this offense.

It's already crucial that he gets an elite back in Travis Dye to transfer here, a center who didn't allow a single sack last year, one of his favorite Oklahoma targets in Mario Williams, and his head coach in Lincoln Riley. Give him the top wide receiver in America and a left-side lineman who won't let anything seep through, and Caleb's job gets so much easier.

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Everyone talks about Caleb and his Heisman hopes. They talk about what a season like that would bring for this program. It's also important, though, to talk about his top two teammates who really give him a shot at that success. If SC overachieves this year, it will not have been done without Addison and Vorhees being their best versions of themselves.