Caleb Williams and Calen Bullock had tremendous seasons
Is it football season yet?
Not quite, but USC fans did get some good news earlier this week. Pro Football Focus released a list of the top returning players in college football at each position and two Trojans came in at number one: quarterback Caleb Williams and safety Calen Bullock.
Williams became head coach Lincoln Riley’s third quarterback in the past six years to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. The sophomore excels outside of the original play design, plays on which he led the nation in passing yards (707), passing touchdowns (seven) and big-time throws (10) in 2022. He’s the early favorite to be the first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and will try to join former Ohio State running back Archie Griffin as the only two-time winners of the coveted stiff-arm trophy.
Bullock was a PFF first-team All-American in 2022 thanks to his dominance in coverage. The sophomore’s five interceptions were tied for fifth among all safeties in the country. He was also the third-most valuable safety in the country according to PFF’s wins above average metric.
Williams threw for 4,537 yards and 42 touchdowns in 2022. Bullock made 48 tackles to go along with his five interceptions. Both players will have massive roles for Lincoln Riley and the Trojans in 2022.