USC Quarterback Caleb Williams May Already Have His ‘Heisman Moment’

USC quarterback Caleb Williams

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It goes without saying that returning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams came into the year with an incredible amount of hype. But, in the USC Trojans’ season-opening 56-28 win over San Jose State, he may have already had his signature moment as he looks to become the second back-to-back winner in the award’s history.

That kind of attention has made him the consensus top-overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, too. The junior has all the tools, and is considered by some to be a generational prospect.

After transferring from Oklahoma to follow head coach Lincoln Riley to Los Angeles, Caleb Williams threw for over 4500 yards with 42 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He added 382 yards and ten touchdowns on the ground, as well, and the Trojans got within a win in the PAC 12 Championship Game of making the College Football Playoff.

Expectations are a lot bigger this year, though. The team was unranked to start last season, but start this season as the 5th-ranked team in the country. They also got a week 0 game, and Williams put on a show.

Caleb Williams was an impressive 18/25 for 278 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was partly responsible for the breakout performance of true freshman wide receiver Zachariah Branch, as well.

But, one play stood out above the rest. In the first half, with the game very much still in doubt, Caleb Williams dropped a shotgun snap, sending the play into chaos. What happened next showed off his ridiculous arm talent.

That is a ridiculous throw, and is one reason why he draws Patrick Mahomes comparisons. People on Twitter were going nuts.

Caleb Williams and the USC Trojans will set his sights on Nevada next Saturday.