University of Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams was named the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday night.
The 20-year-old sophomore led the Trojans to an 11-2 record in his first season in Los Angeles after transferring from the University of Oklahoma. He threw for 4,075 yards, 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
Williams beat Texas Christian University Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan, Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud and Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett to win the valuable college football award.
The Heisman Award caps a season in which USC found itself just short of the college football playoffs.
Williams is the seventh Trojan to win the award and the first since quarterback Matt Leinart in 2004.
Former Trojan running back Reggie Bush won the award in 2005 but was stripped of it after an NCAA investigation found Bush had received ineligible benefits including several thousand dollars and a vehicle while in college .
Last year, after the NCAA approved a new policy allowing student-athletes to earn money based on their names, images and likenesses, they said Bush would not collect the trophy.
Williams suffered a hamstring injury in the Trojans’ loss to the University of Utah in the Pac-12 Championship game last week. It’s unclear if he will appear in the team’s Jan. 2 game against Tulane at the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.