The Rise of Caleb Williams: From College Star to NFL Phenom

This year’s crop of quarterbacks is absolutely loaded, but it’s fair to say there’s one that stands out a bit from the rest: Trojans star Calleb Williams, who is tipped to be the NFL’s next superstar.

Presenting to Caleb Williams

Already in high school it was clear that Caleb Williams I was going to be a star. Williams, a 4-star recruit out of Gonzaga High School, was the consensus No. 1 pick in the entire country when he opted to join coach Lincoln Riley in Oklahoma. It was 2021 at the time and Williams began his first season as Spencer Rattler’s backup. However, things quickly changed when Rattler was benched during a Week 6 game against Texas. What came next was an inspired victory for Williams and with it a chance to assume the starting role, something he maintained for the rest of the season.

In that first year, Williams would finish with 1,912 passing yards on 212 attempts with a 64.2% completion rate for an average of 9.0 yards per pass, with 21 TDs and 19 sacks. His QB rating was an eye-opening 118.3, as he added 64 carries for a total of 559 yards at an 8.7 per rush average. Elite indeed.

From there, Williams made the decision to follow Riley, who left to take the head coaching position at USC. It was Williams’ second year and what a year it was. In 13 games, he broke records with an incredible 4,000 yards on 450 attempts with a 66.0% completion rate for an average of 9.1 yards per pass. His 37 TDs and 118.6 QB rating were once again a testament to the idea that he was a rising star. The 90 rushes for 614 yards at a 6.8 per rush average didn’t hurt either.

Ok, but let’s talk about Caleb Williams’ qualities, not numbers

Often compared to Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, Williams has shown elite overall arm talent as well as an incredible running game early in his career. As you can probably see from the numbers, he’s also proven that he’s not hype, but he’s staying on solid ground. Then there is his leadership, which is, by all indications, exemplary.

Lastly, we have to mention his makeup, meaning Williams is as pure an athlete as they come. Loose-legged, flexible, able to be accurate even when he’s off-balance and certainly a major threat in wrestling, it’s easy to see why he’s the best player in college football right now.

What awards has Caleb Williams won?

While the list is extensive, it is worth a look to truly appreciate the special player that Caleb Williams is. It’s also worth noting that he is one of this year’s Heisman Trophy contenders, which is something considering he won the award last year.

  • 2022 Heisman Trophy winner
  • 2022 holds USC’s single-season record for total offense (4,919 yards), most rushing and passing touchdowns scored (52), pass completions (333), passes attempted (500), most passing yards gained (4,537 ), most touchdown passes thrown (42).
  • Maxwell Prize 2022
  • Walter Camp 2022 Award
  • 2022 Sporting News College Football Player of the Year
  • 2021 True Freshman All-American por ESPN, 247Sports, On3 y Pro Football Focus
  • 2021 Semifinalist for Walter Camp Player of the Year, Davey O’Brien National Quarterback
  • 2018 D.C. Gatorade Football Player of the Year and MaxPreps Sophomore All-American

NFL Combine 2024

Many were surprised when Caleb Williams opted out of this year’s NFL Combine. His reasoning, however, was sound, saying that he couldn’t do him any good and could potentially only hurt his draft prospects.

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Williams put an end to the rumor that there was an injury keeping him out of training, saying: “So, as far as the medical stuff goes, I’ll do the medical stuff, but not here in Indy. You know, there are not 32 teams that can select me. There’s only one of me. And then the teams that I go to for my visit, you know, those teams will have the medical and that will be it.”

For those who wanted to see him throw, he said: “I didn’t feel the need to go out and throw the ball. I think I played about 30 games. “Go ahead and watch the real ball live with me and at the end I’m a competitor.”

2024-03-04 05:19:10
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