Lincoln Riley, coach, ran from the University of Oklahoma, after last season and his star freshman quarterback Caleb Williams This was followed by many other transfers. the University of Southern California the U.S.C. U.S.C. would be returning to the Upper echelon in college football

Expectations were met — and then some. U.S.C. U.S.C. won 11 games, seven more than in the last season, making it its most successful season since 2017. It would not have been for a loss the Pac-12 championship, U.S.C. Would be in the College Football Playoff the It is a first attempt, and has a chance of winning its first national championship since 2004.

The national championship is not up for grabs the Trojans this season but WilliamsWho won? the Heisman Trophy On Saturday night in New York, U.S.C. a consolation prize. Williams 544 first-place votes earned, comfortably ahead the Other quarterback finalists: Max Duggan (188), C.J. Stroud, Ohio State (37), Stetson Bennett, Georgia (36).

“I’ve watched it, to now be a part of it and be a part of this fraternity, it’s a blessing,” Williams said. “It’s everything I dreamed of.”

As Williams In his opening speech, he mentioned that the The spot in was something that he didn’t have, but the other three players did. the College Football Playoff.

“Guess you can’t win them all,” Williams This is what it said: the Bennett nodded in agreement as the crowd laughed. Williams invited eight of U.S.C.’s offensive lineman to the ceremony and ask them to stand. the The crowd cheered for them. He thanked his relatives and called his mother. “the most important woman in my life,” And his father for “making sacrifices in your life so I could make mine.”

“It may seem to go unnoticed and unappreciated, but you mean the world to me,” Williams said. “We’re in this together and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Williams, who has been celebrated for his pregame outfits And painted nailsThe custom-made tan suit was designed by Gucci and Adidas. “boots that look like loafers,” Clear nail polish.

Williams All season, he was outstanding, beating defenses with arms and legs. He ended the season with 4,075 yards passing and 47 total touchdowns. His value was never more apparent than in U.S.C.’s Pac-12 championship loss to Utah, in which he suffered a leg injury that left him hobbling. Though Williams Stayed in the game, U.S.C.’s offense could not muster anything with him injured.

Despite finishing his sophomore season as college football’s most outstanding player, Williams didn’t start out as the favorite. In conjunction with a Pac-12 conference, which has historically been poor, late-night TV starts for West Coast teams may have kept them awake at night. Williams’s name off early-season Heisman favorite lists.

After a match against U.C.L.A. rival, he was ranked No. 18, Williams He led his team to victory with 503 total yards (470 passing and 33 rushing). Along with three total touchdowns, it seemed that he was able to do so. the Heisman secured. (The game began at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

“It took an entire season for the rest of the country to catch on,” said Carson Palmer, the Former U.S.C. Quarterback and the 2002 Heisman winner.

It was the Stroud smiled, clapped, and won another year as a finalist the Heisman Trophy. Stroud was a finalist last year, but he came in last. the final round of voting, as Alabama’s Bryce Young took home the award. Young was not selected for the finalist list this year. Stroud was. the Favorite to Win for Most of the Season, especially after his game against Michigan State when he threw for 361 yard and six touchdowns. Stroud was not successful. the Final stretch of the season, which included a loss of 45-23 to Michigan.

This might have been Stroud’s last chance at the Heisman. He will be eligible to apply for the N.F.L. Draft after this season and he is expected to be a first round pick.

Of the finalists, Duggan seemed the The most unlikely of possibilities the season. He was a three year starter but was replaced by the Chandler Morris, redshirt freshman from Arizona, was then thrust into the Starting lineup after Morris was hurt in the First week. Duggan led Texas Christian to a 12-1 record and a College Football Playoff berth, and his numbers were stellar — 3,321 passing yards, 36 total touchdowns — yet still a step behind Williams.

Bennett was aiming to be Georgia’s first winner since Herschel Walker in 1982. Bennett was a former walkon. the only finalist to win his conference title game, but he didn’t have the The gaudy statistics the Other finalists

Williams is U.S.C.’s eighth Heisman winner — technically — but the N.C.A.A. vacated Reggie Bush’s 2005 win after determining that he and his family had accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts from two California agents while he was in college. Bush was elected to the presidency. the In 2010, he received the U.S.C. Award, and was initially forbidden from associating with U.S.C. Permanently, but the 2017 saw a reduction in ban to 10 years

Williams Bush said that he had been to his home before. the Bush had advised him on the subject of what the What night would look like. Saturday morning Williams Had breakfast with the Former Heisman Winners: Mike Garrett and Palmer

“The craziest part to me is that the guys that I was talking to, the Heisman winners, in the past, they all have their jerseys retired,” Williams said. “And now once I leave U.S.C., it’s probably the coolest thing to me that my jersey will be retired.”

Williams’s outstanding season brought championship aspirations to a football program that had not won a title since Bush and Matt Leinart led U.S.C. successive national championships in 2003-2004. (The 2004 win was later vacated after Bush’s sanctions.)

“It was hard to watch, it was challenging to watch,” Palmer said. “Getting beat by a bunch of teams you don’t see U.S.C. get beat by.”

Palmer also added: “This year I couldn’t wait for Saturday morning, turn the TV on, and watch him play. No doubt he’s changed the level of excitement and the expectation of watching U.S.C. play.”

Williams He grew up with the TV. the Heisman ceremony noting the wins of Robert Griffin III, Lamar Jackson and Joe Burrow the most memorable. Griffin III and others. Heisman There are many people who stand behind him. Williams Riley, his coach, thanked him Williams To follow the path of Oklahoma and California, he left Washington D.C.

“We’ve committed to each other on two separate occasions, but with the same dream,” Williams said, adding: “But even with a sudden change from Norman, Oklahoma, to the University of Southern California, our dreams did not change. They say either change your dreams or change your habits, and I damn sure wasn’t going to change my dreams; glad you didn’t change yours, either. Though we both know the job’s not done.”