Caleb Williams Jan 2, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) in action during the game between the USC Trojans and the Tulane Green Wave in the 2023 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The USC Trojans are on a mission this year. The team fell short of making the College Football Playoffs last season when they lost the Pac-12 Championship game to the Utah Utes.

The loss also put a damper on Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams’s season too. Williams seems to know why the Trojans faltered last year.

“We were up there in stats and rankings and stuff offensive-wise, but toward the end of the season we had a lot of guys go down offensive-wise, including myself,” Williams said. “That’s something we for sure have been working on, building the muscle and the fortitude to be able to withstand a 15-game season.”

Williams was hurt in the Utah game but tried to solider on, but to no avail.

And while Williams carried his team most of last season, head coach Lincoln Riley said that his quarterback still has room to improve his game.

“There’s always some perception out there when a guy wins the Heisman or is an All-American that he was perfect,” Riley said. “You’re never perfect, right? There’s always room to improve. He’s got to improve everywhere.”

The problem with the Trojans wasn’t offensively, it was defensively. The defense gave up lots of points at the end of the season and at times, their offense wasn’t enough to carry them to victory.

That has to change if they want a chance to win a national championship this year.

{Brandon Marcello}

About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.