Caleb Williams is the Heisman front runner and Saturday’s performance against Notre Dame did nothing to dispel that notion. Williams has been incredible all season leading the USC Trojans to an 11-1 record and the brink of a Pac-12 championship and College Football Playoff berth. Williams has been so good that legendary Fox Sports broadcaster Gus Johnson, even likened the dual-threat sensation to Chiefs superstar Patrick Mahomes.
During a recent appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, Johnson elaborated on his comments.
“But this Caleb Williams … I was getting texts from my boys during the game and they were like, ‘This is Patrick Mahomes. This could be Patrick Mahomes. He’s smart. He’s just so smart. He’s so clever. Patrick Mahomes comes from that same Lincoln Riley system…”
Johnson continued ….
“Lincoln Riley is just innovative. Think about the quarterbacks he’s had. Baker, Kyler, Jalen, and now this kid. It’s just so wonderful that USC was able to get him from Oklahoma. They were disappointed, but to have him out here with this brand of football, getting ready to go into the Big Ten is something special.”
Riley and Williams have taken the Pac-12 by storm in year one, and in essence returning the Trojans to relevance.
Williams Style Of Play Is Reminiscent Of Mahomes:
Playing like Mahomes is almost impossible when you consider all the off-schedule plays he makes with his arm and legs. Williams does that with relative ease as well, but it’s the poise and bravado he shows weekly. Not to mention the different arm angles he makes some of the backbreaking throws from, which in turn kill defenses.
Williams has been playing that way since his days at Gonzaga College High School in the District of Columbia. That type of play led him to being the No.1 ranked quarterback in 2021 recruiting class. Combine that with Riley’s track record as it pertains to QBs and joining him at Oklahoma and now USC was a no brainer. The combination of the two have quickly turned USC into a national power once again. Sort of like what we see with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and Mahomes.
Williams Should Win 2022 Heisman Trophy
Each week there can be a new leader in the Heisman race, but no one has been as consistent as Williams has this season. The dynamic signal caller, has passed for over 3,700 yards, 34 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He’s also completed nealry 66 percent of his passes. He’s also rushed for 355 yards and ten more touchdowns. Point blank he’s been the best and most consistent player in college football this season.
West coast players are usually hurt by playing so late at night, but Williams has been must see television and he even struck a Heisman pose during Saturday’s big win over rival Notre Dame.
Now he’s just waiting for the invite and real thing to be put in his hands.