USC’s Caleb Williams nonetheless getting used to being a Heisman winner

From the second he lifted the long-lasting trophy final Saturday evening, Caleb Williams hasn’t had a lot time to let the fact of his Heisman win sink in. Not to mention get the sleep he so desperately wants.

USC’s star quarterback — and the college’s file eighth Heisman winner — has been working on fumes from that evening’s adrenaline rush ever since. And there was no respite as soon as he returned from New York. Not even successful essentially the most coveted award in all of school sports activities might get Williams out of finals, for which he spent all of Monday by way of Wednesday this week cramming.

“To be in that moment, no matter how much sleep I had,” Williams stated, “I was really grateful.”

The expertise was made all of the extra memorable, he stated, by the presence of his USC offensive linemen, eight of whom he’d organized to accompany him on the ceremony in New York. After his win on Saturday evening, the group gathered to rejoice in a penthouse suite gifted by the Heisman Belief.

“We just sat back and laughed and spent some good quality time together,” Williams stated. “We were all just enjoying the moment. Mainly because of where USC has come from these past couple years. It’s been pretty tough, and most of those O-linemen have been through that. Being able to enjoy the moment with them … it meant a lot to have them there.”

Williams could not have for much longer to play with most of his beginning line. Heart Brett Neilon, who suffered an harm within the Pac-12 title recreation, has performed his final down at USC. Offensive sort out Bobby Haskins and guard Andrew Vorhees have exhausted their eligibility, whereas guard Justin Dedich might decide to maneuver on after 5 seasons at USC.

USC coach Lincoln Riley stated he was unsure about Williams’ standing for the Cotton Bowl after he suffered a “significant” hamstring harm within the Pac-12 title recreation in opposition to Utah. However the quarterback reiterated Thursday that he plans to play in opposition to Tulane on Jan. 2.

“Hamstring is doing well,” he stated, “and I am confident that I’ll be out there.”

His hamstring has held up by way of one busy weekend already. After the late-night celebration in his suite, Williams was whisked off to “Good Morning America” for a 7 am interview. Then, there was “SportsCenter.” And an NFL pregame present. And that evening, the Heisman gala, the place he was formally welcomed to the award’s fraternity as its 88th member.

By the point he made it to his flight, he was greater than prepared for 4 valuable hours of sleep mid-air.

However with the whirlwind of the final week now behind him, Williams was already enthusiastic about a return journey, when he spoke to reporters again in Los Angeles on Thursday.

“Next year, I’m gonna work harder,” Williams stated. “I’m gonna do more, mentally and physically when I’m out there. And I’ll be back in New York and hopefully win a national championship next year.”

He’s nonetheless bought to discover a everlasting place for the primary trophy. Proper now, it’s simply sitting within the eating space of his campus condo.

“It’s probably the coolest centerpiece you can have,” Williams stated with a smile.