USC quarterback Caleb Williams was named the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner Saturday night.
The 20-year-old sophomore led the Trojans to an 11-2 record in his first season in Los Angeles after transferring from the University of Oklahoma. He threw for 4,075 yards, 37 touchdowns, and only four interceptions.
Williams beat out Texas Christian Horned Frogs quarterback Max Dugan, Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud and Georgia Bulldogs Stetson Bennett to win the college football award.
In his acceptance speech, Williams praised the other three nominees and credited his parents, teammates, and coaches for being able to win the award.
“If you are willing to work and surround yourself with positive people, you can achieve anything,” Williams said. “I used to write my goals down in a journal and what used to be just words on a piece of paper made me stand here today. So everyone, dreams really do come true. Thank you. Fight!”
Williams is the seventh Trojan to win the award and the first since quarterback Matt Leinart in 2004.
Former Trojan running back Reggie Bush won the award in 2005 but was stripped of it after an NCAA investigation found that Bush received improper benefits, including several thousand dollars and a car while at the school.
Last year, after the NCAA approved a new policy for student-athletes to make money off of their names, likenesses, and likenesses, Bush said You will not get the cup back.
Crowning the Williams Heisman Trophy for the season USC ended up just short of College Football Playoff.
Williams suffered a hamstring injury in the Trojans’ loss to the University of Utah in the Pac-12 Championship game last week. It is not clear if he will play in the team’s January 2 game against Tulane at the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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