Three Trojans Earn Pac-12 Player of the Week Awards
LOS ANGELES--Three Trojan football players earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for their performances in USC's 48-45 victory over UCLA. Sophomore quarterback Caleb Williams earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, redshirt senior offensive lineman Andrew Vorhees earned Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week and junior defensive lineman Tuli Tuipulotu was named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week. It is Tuipulotu's fourth Defensive Lineman of the Week honor, Williams' second Offensive Player of the Week honor and Vorhees' first Offensive Lineman of the Week honor. Tuipulotu has also twice been named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.
Leading Heisman Trophy candidate Caleb Williams went 32-of-43 for a career-high 470 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 33 yards on 8 carries with 1 TD to lead the Trojans to victory over crosstown rival UCLA 48-45 in the Rose Bowl. Williams' 503 total yards set a USC single game record. The previous record was held by Kedon Slovis who had 502 yards versus UCLA in 2019. Williams' 503 total yards was also the most by any player in the series' 92-game history. Williams had a 92.3 PFF passing grade against UCLA.
Williams' 316 rushing yards this year are the most by a USC QB since Troy Winslow had 319 in 1965, and he is 3 yards shy of the most by a Trojan QB in the last 70 years when complete records were first available (342 yards by Jim Sears in 1952; Sears played halfback but led USC in passing that season).
Through 11 games, Williams has 33 TDs and 3 INTs. He is 250-for-385 (.649) for 3,480 yards. He has also rushed for 316 yards on 88 carries with 7 TDs. Williams has accounted for 40 total touchdowns in 11 games at USC. USC's 5 consecutive games with 40 points or more are the most since the 2003 team had 7 consecutive 40+ point games.
Williams is No. 3 in the nation in points responsible for per game (21.8). He is No. 4 in the nation in passing TDs (33) and leads the Pac-12 in the stat. He also is No. 4 in the nation in points responsible for (240) and total offense (345.1). He's No. 6 in the nation in passing yards (3,480) and passing yards per game (316.4). Williams is No. 8 in the nation in passing yards per completion (13.92), No. 9 in the nation in passing efficiency (167.6) and No. 11 in the nation in yards per pass attempt (9.04).
USC is leads the nation in turnover margin (1.91) and turnovers lost (4). It is No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the Pac-12 in total offense (513.0). USC is No. 2 in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage (.543). It is No. 3 in the nation and leads the Pac-12 in scoring offense (42.7). USC is No. 4 in the nation in passing offense (330.8). USC is No. 6 in the nation and No. 1 in the Pac-12 in team passing efficiency (168.47). USC also leads the Pac-12 Conference in passing yards per completion (13.89).
Williams is currently No. 12 on USC's single season passing leaders list with 250 completions. He is on pace to become USC's all-time single season passing leader. Former Trojan Cody Kessler, currently holds the record for the lowest rate of interceptions in a season with 1.1% (5 in 452 attempts during the 2014 season). Williams is on pace to overtake that record since he is currently at 0.8% (3 in 385 attempts). He is currently tied for highest passing efficiency rating in a single USC season with Kedon Slovis (2019) at 167.6. Williams now has 3,796 total offensive yards which ranks 4th on USC's single-season total yards list.
His performance this week propelled USC to be No. 5 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. The No. 5 AP Poll ranking is the highest by USC since 2017.
He is a Maxwell Award Semifinalist and Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist. He is a member of the All-State Good Works Team and is up for Team Captain.
OL Andrew Vorhees' pass blocking was a crucial piece of QB Caleb Williams' outstanding performance to allow him to go 32-of-43 for a career-high 470 yards and 2 TDs to lead the Trojans to victory over crosstown rival UCLA 48-45 in the Rose Bowl. His run blocking allowed 3 different Trojans to score rushing touchdowns: RB Austin Jones with 2, and QB Caleb Williams and RB Darwin Barlow with 1 each. Jones recorded a season-high 120 rushing yards on 21 carries.
Per PFF, Vorhees had a pass blocking grading of 84.5 against UCLA. Also per PFF, Vorhees is the No. 6 graded guard in the nation with over 600 snaps.
DL Tuli Tuipulotu collected 6 tackles with 1.5 for loss for 5 yards against UCLA. He is No. 3 in the nation in sacks (1.00) and leads the Pac-12 Conference. Tuipulotu's 11.5 sacks are the most in a single season at USC since Kenechi Udeze set the Trojans' record with 16.5 in 2003. He is also No. 4 in the nation in tackles for loss (1.7) and leads the Pac-12.
He is a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award. By virtue of being named a Nagurski finalist, Tuipulotu will make the FWAA All-American First Team and will become USC's 171st All-American first teamer. Tuipulotu is also a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award.