USC Football saw three of their players be selected as AP First-Team All-Americans on Monday: QB Caleb Williams, Edge rusher Tuli Tuipulotu, and Guard Andrew Vorhees. All three of these selections were no-brainers. Heck, in just the last game USC played (the Pac-12 Championship), the offense was dead to rights without Vorhees.
The pocket was collapsing left and right due to him not being there and the offensive line needing to shuffle around. Once Williams' injury took away one of his legs and eliminated his mobility, there was no hope for the offense. Vorhees' absence was too much to overcome when SC was already without their top skill position pass blocker in Travis Dye.
Speaking of Williams, even with that injury, he still completed 28 of his 41 passes (68.3%) for 363 yards (8.9 yards per pass attempt) and added on 21 rushing yards. It was a big part of why he won the Heisman Trophy this year, along with just his performance for the season as a whole.
Williams had 4,447 total yards on the year, which is the most in USC history (the program with the most Heisman Trophies of all-time). Posting 4,075 passing yards and 37 passing touchdowns, it just wasn't enough for Williams. He also had to post 372 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns to go along with who he was as a passer. He only threw four interceptions too.
All three of USC Football's Caleb Williams, Tuli Tuipulotu, and Andrew Vorhees were the correct picks for the AP First-Team All-American team.
Because it's not just Caleb Williams and Andrew Vorhees behind USC Football's seven win improvement this year. It was also Tuli Tuipulotu leading the nation in sacks that made a MASSIVE difference. And in fact, he was more than just his 12.5 sacks on the season. He also had 21 tackles for loss, which was most in the Power 5.
To make it even more impressive, he did it while having to rotate around to three different positions all year. He played all of Defensive Tackle, Defensive End, and even Mike Linebacker. His three batted balls and two forced fumbles were also massive. It's hard to picture where the Trojans would be without these three players.
No other program in college football had three or more AP First-Team All-American selections. It was just USC. One of them is going to be back for next year, too, in Williams. It's going to be a long year for opposing defenses next year. Nobody could stop Williams, and he's only going to be better next year.