He transferred to a school that would give him the best chance at developing for the NFL, he's a Preseason All-American, he's a Maxwell Award Watch List selection, and now he adds another preseason accolade--as he's now been named to the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List.
35 Quarterbacks were selected, and five from the Pac-12 were selected. Williams was one of them, and should be. He's hands-down a top three quarterback in college football. He didn't even start in his true freshman year last year until the second half of the season, but looked like a grizzled vet.
New USC Football QB Caleb Williams scored 27 touchdowns (21 passing) last season.
The USC Football Quarterback (and ex-Oklahoma Quarterback) did that in a season where he started only half of the games. He also averaged 9.1 yards per pass attempt and 5.6 yards per rush attempt. He's proven to have some of the most talent in the nation, and even just that talent in itself will lead to a lot of wins for SC.
He does need to work on getting the ball out a little quicker, as he was top three in his marks in the Power 5 for average time to throw (3.51 seconds) and quarterback-fault pressure rate (29.2%).
Being able to work with the same coach as he transfers to a better program, though, will certainly help him make that development. He also gets to throw to one of his favorite OU targets in incoming sophomore Mario Williams.
Not to mention, the best wide receiver in college football transferred to SC, as 2021 Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison wanted to get in on what's cooking in L.A. He and Williams grew up together.
Williams' efforts to take that next step in his development won't be anywhere near as tough as it oftentimes is when switching schools and playing in a new environment.
He's been surrounded by familiarity in coaching and receivers to toss the ball to. He absolutely should be on Davey O'Brien radars coming into a 2022 that likely draws up to be another dominant campaign from the Heisman hopeful.