Caleb Williams has officially become the next USC Football player to be named Associated Press college football player of the year. Williams does this in his first season with the Trojans, after coming to USC via the transfer portal after USC had a 4-8 season. Since he's been with SC, the Trojans are 11-2. Nobody in college football has a greater impact on their team than Williams.
This award hasn't been won by a Trojan since Matt Leinart (2004) and Reggie Bush (2005) did it back-to-back, and Williams' election further cements him as the Heisman Trophy favorite, which will be named on Saturday. Both the AP and the Heisman voters have no choice but to select Williams as the top player in NCAA football. Williams not only completed 66.1% of his passes, but also averaged 9.1 yards per pass attempt.
Putting up 10.3 adjusted yards per pass attempt, he's proven himself as an elite arm talent who's reached that potential in just his first full season of being a starting quarterback in the college game. The best part about Williams is that he's all about the ball. He's protected it to the point where he's only thrown it to the other team four total times.
Throwing just four picks while also throwing for 37 touchdowns and running for 10 more, he's exactly what any offensive coach wants at the quarterback position. That dual-threat ability sets him above the rest. He added on 372 rushing yards to his 4,075 passing yards. They don't get any better than Williams.
USC Football QB Caleb Williams led the Trojans to a Top 10 CFP Top 25 Ranking in his first year with the program.
Keep in mind that Caleb Williams did this just a year after USC Football had their worst year in history. Williams also carried this offense despite his elite RB1, Travis Dye, getting injured and ruled out for the season in the 10th game of the year.
He also did this despite his offensive line having various injuries throughout the year, most notably to his No. 1 Offensive Lineman in LG Andrew Vorhees. Williams had 26 more first-place votes than second-place Max Duggan. The vote wasn't even close, and rightfully so.