USC Trojans News: Last Caleb Williams injury update, Kevin Porter Jr. shining, more
Caleb Williams is "ready to play" in the Cotton Bowl today (Monday), according to USC Football Head Coach Lincoln Riley. (Credit to LA Times' Ryan Kartje with the report.) Williams' health was of course up in the air originally due to his popped hamstring that he sufferered in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Now that Williams will play, Tulane is going to have a tough time beating SC.
That's because Williams is no ordinary quarterback. He is the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner for his efforts as a quarterback this season. He threw for 4,075 passing yards and took off for 372 rushing yards. He dropped 37 touchdown dimes and ran for 10 more rushing scores as well. Tulane has a good defense, but good defenses don't stop Williams. Nobody does.
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Former USC Basketball first round draft pick Kevin Porter Jr. is most certainly living up to his draft status in his NBA career, but is particuarly showing out this season for the Houston Rockets. It's his fourth season in the league, and he's looking better than ever. Porter is now up to 19.4 points per game in his third season with Houston, and up to 1.3 steals per game. Both are career-highs.
Porter is really starting to get a feel for playing as a point guard primarily. Porter is shooting 43.4% from the floor this season, and 34.1% from beyond the three-point line. He has 5.8 assists per game on the year, and 5.5 rebounds on the season as well. That's a career high in rebounds per game for the first of three straight first round picks out of USC from 2019-2021.
The TCU Horned Frogs and the Georgia Bulldogs won their respective College Football Playoff games on Saturday--meaning that the two programs will of course be advancing to the National Championship Game. Both games were true thrillers, with TCU winning by a score of 51-45, and Georgia winning by a score of 42-41.
It was an offensive showcase for all four teams, but TCU was just a little bit better than Michigan, and Georgia was just a little bit better than Ohio State. Perhaps USC would have had a better showing than Ohio State against Georgia, if SC wasn't penalized for earning a trip to their Conference Championship Game, and suffering crucial injuries for and during that game.