Williams, the first USC Heisman finalist since Reggie Bush in 2005, captured the award after finishing the regular season with 4,075 yards passing and 37 touchdown passes. He also added 372 yards rushing and another 10 scores. Williams' 47 total touchdowns were tops in the FBS this season. He played a huge part in the Trojans' 11-2 record, leading the offense with his improvisational skills and arm talent.
Williams earned 544 first-place votes for the Heisman, beating out runner-up Max Duggan of the TCU Horned Frogs, who had 188 such votes. Williams becomes the seventh USC player (not including Bush, who forfeited his Heisman) and the third Trojans quarterback to take home the award.
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Once the decision was announced, social media praised Williams for his sensational Heisman campaign.
Former Heisman winners
Congratulations to Caleb Williams on winning the Heisman Trophy. He was clearly the best player in college football this season. Can't wait to see what the future brings!! Fight on— Matt Cassel (@M_Cassel16) December 11, 2022
🦅🏈| Congrats to Caleb Williams '21 (@CALEBcsw) on being named a finalist for the Heisman!— GonzagaCHS Sports (@GonzagaSports) December 6, 2022
Eye Street is proud and we are rooting for you!#HE13MAN #PurpleisForever #AMDG
📸cred: Brian Cooney '19 pic.twitter.com/xZLG5Ex2x0
Sports world reacts to Williams' win
Congratulations @CALEBcsw well deserved!!!!— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) December 11, 2022
Just Heisman things 💅 pic.twitter.com/1kDCorf6aF— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) December 11, 2022
🏈 4,000+ Pass Yds— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 11, 2022
🏈 37+ Pass TD
🏈 10+ Rush TD
Caleb did it all 😤 pic.twitter.com/9GkFJjtxGc
Cover athlete worthy 😤— ESPN (@espn) December 11, 2022
Caleb Williams put up video game numbers on his way to a Heisman Trophy! 🎮 pic.twitter.com/sGjnbDxifh