Caleb Williams relentlessly torched UCLA on Saturday in USC Football's road victory in the Rose Bowl. He completed 32 out of 43 passes for the Trojans, and completed them for 470(!) passing yards. That wasn't it though, as Williams also chipped in eight carries for 33 yards. He scored three total touchdowns (two passing), and only turned the ball over once.
After the game, former Heisman Trophy winner and USC Trojan QB1 Matt Leinart retweeted a tweet from the Reign of Troy Twitter account stating that Williams is the best player in college football. Just two days later, Leinart promoted USC's campaign to get Williams the Heisman Trophy via Twitter:
Not only Leinart, but his co-worker at Fox in Joel Klatt also agrees with him. Klatt, a former Power 5 QB1 himself (Colorado), called the game on Saturday as the color analyst. Klatt tweeted after the game that if he "had to vote today," he "would probably put Caleb Williams" at the top of his Heisman ballot:
So, both the former Heisman QB and the man who analyzed the game the closest on Saturday both would take Williams as the top player in college football. And sure, Klatt said 'probably' and not 'definitely,' but he's clearly feeling strong about Williams' candidacy. And there's no way anyone can fault him or Leinart for that.
Caleb Williams has taken USC Football to a 10-1 record after taking over a 4-8 program this offseason.
Caleb Williams has USC Football in a position to make the College Football Playoff if they win out, and it's one day from his Week 13 matchup. To keep this team alive this long, just 13 weeks after they were coming off of the worst year in program history proves that he can do more with less, and to an elite level.
And yes--he is the primary reason this turnaround has taken place when it comes to the roster. Williams is easily the best player on the team, and he's putting up numbers that suggest he's the best player in the country.
He's averaging nine yards per pass attempt and 10.4 adjusted passing yards per attempt. He's scored 40 total touchdowns (33 passing) and only turned the ball over three times. Not only all that--but he's also ran for 316 yards. Again, to rack up these stats with a program that was 4-8 before he arrived proves how dominant he as a performer has been.
He's now beat multiple ranked teams, and has been about as clutch as it gets this season. Even in the one bad game he had, he still threw a beauty for a game-winner in Corvallis for a win against one of the ranked teams he's beaten.
He's proven that he's impossible to stop. He's proven that he's the best player in America. And if he wins this Saturday against a third ranked team (Notre Dame), he just might lock it up.