In a candid interview with Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the Los Angeles Times, USC star quarterback Caleb Williams opened up about his decision to keep playing collegiate football despite a challenging season. With USC’s last collegiate football game against UCLA approaching, Williams’ dedication to the team has left many wondering why he hasn’t already transitioned to preparing for the 2024 NFL draft.
- USC’s football season took a downturn in Week 8 when they suffered a second consecutive loss to Utah, leaving them with a 6-2 record and diminishing hopes of a spot in the College Football Playoff.
- Despite subsequent losses to Washington and Oregon, Williams has continued to show up for the Trojans, earning praise from teammates like running back MarShawn Lloyd.
- While forgoing the rest of the college football season wouldn’t harm Williams’ NFL draft prospects, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to USC next year to chase a National Title.
USC’s football season has been a rollercoaster ride, with the Trojans initially looking like contenders before falling out of the playoff picture. Williams, who is already the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and a projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft, could have easily chosen to focus solely on his professional future. However, his commitment to the team and the game itself is commendable.
“But obviously, if I’m staying here at USC, I don’t think I would not be out there” for the bowl game, Williams said. “So it’s just a decision I have to make.”
MarShawn Lloyd, USC’s running back, praised Williams for his dedication and leadership within the team. It’s clear that Williams’ impact extends beyond his impressive on-field performance. He has embraced the role of a great teammate, even in the face of adversity.
The decision to continue playing college football when your NFL future seems secure is a testament to Williams’ love for the game and his loyalty to USC. While the Trojans may not be in contention for a Pac-12 Championship or a Rose Bowl appearance this year, the upcoming rivalry game against UCLA still holds significant importance for both teams.
“I’d say a player that went out there and gave his all every play, every chance he got. I’d say a player that cared for his teammates, i’d say a player that wanted to go out there and win every single game that we had.”
As USC takes on their cross-town rival, fans can rest assured that Caleb Williams will be under center, leading the Trojans. While his future in the NFL is bright, for now, he remains a USC Trojan, leaving a lasting legacy in just two years with the team. Whether he returns for another season or not, Williams’ commitment to his collegiate career is a reminder of the passion and dedication that make college football a beloved tradition.
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