Caleb Williams and the USC Trojans started off the 2022 campaign on a high note, defeating the Rice Owls 66-14 on Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The game marked Williams' first-ever start for the Trojans. The 19-year-old, who spent his freshman season at Oklahoma, entered the transfer portal in January, shortly after it was announced that the Trojans had hired Lincoln Riley as their next head coach.
Riley had spent five seasons as head coach of the Sooners from 2017 to 2021, and he coached Williams as a freshman. Williams played 11 games for Oklahoma last season, completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 1,912 yards and 21 touchdowns against four interceptions. He also rushed for 442 yards and six scores.
Williams announced his commitment to USC in February.
In his debut game with USC, Williams completed 19 of 22 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 68 yards. With the Trojans up 59-14, he was replaced by backup quarterback Miller Moss in the fourth quarter.
After just one start with the Trojans, fans believe Williams has what it takes to be a Heisman Trophy candidate this season as the best player in college football.
While Williams began the season on a high note, it's going to be tough for him to compete for the Heisman alongside some of college football's top players, including Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, the 2021 Heisman winner, and Ohio State signal-caller C.J. Stroud.
Alabama edge-rusher Will Anderson Jr., Texas running back Bijan Robinson, Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson and Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba could also be in the Heisman conversation.