University of Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams won the Heisman Trophy at a ceremony in New York on Saturday night.
A sophomore from Washington, DC, Williams entered his first season with the Trojans with exorbitant expectations following his transfer from Oklahoma. Williams not only met those expectations, he exceeded them.
Williams becomes the first school player to win the award since Reggie Bush in 2005. Bush’s award was later rescinded.
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Other finalists for this year’s Heisman Trophy were fellow quarterbacks Stetson Bennett of Georgia, Max Duggan of TCU and CJ Stroud of Ohio State.
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Williams was recently named college football player of the year by the Associated Press, becoming the school’s first award winner since 2005 with his stellar first season for the Trojans.
Williams received 32 of 46 first-place votes and 117 total points from the AP’s top 25 voters to win the award.
The Heisman Trophy winner finished well ahead of TCU quarterback Max Duggan, who came in second with six first-place votes and 64 points.
Stroud was third, Hendon Hooker of Tennessee was fourth and Bennett of Georgia fifth.
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Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr., the first repeating SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was the only non-quarterback among the top eight vote recipients this year. He finished sixth after finishing fourth last season.
Williams is expected to return to USC next season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.