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NCAAF: QB transfer makes Trojans contenders

Quarterback Caleb Williams, who made a push to win the Heisman Trophy despite only earning his first start half-way through Oklahoma's season, has transferred from the Sooners to USC.

Williams, who has followed his old head coach Lincoln Riley to California, should immediately transform the 28/1 Trojans' program into College Football Playoff contenders next season.

Shooting to prominence

The 19-year-old was the No. 2 quarterback in the 2021 recruiting class, but was hardly known outside the Oklahoma campus before his breakout game in relief of struggling starter Spencer Rattler in the team's sixth game of the season.

The Sooners were down 17-35 before Williams came in to lead them to a 55-48 victory in their rivalry clash with the Texas Longhorns.

After accounting for 300 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in the Red River Showdown, Williams went on to start the next seven games and finished off the campaign by leading Oklahoma to a 47-32 Alamo Bowl victory over No. 14 Oregon.

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Ready to develop

Williams will reunite with ex-Sooners wide receiver Mario Williams, who also entered the transfer portal soon after Riley left, at USC but the lure of playing under college football's premier quarterback guru in a spread offense seems to have been the biggest factor behind his decision to relocate.

"I wanted to go somewhere I thought would provide me with the best development both on and off the field," Williams told ESPN's Pete Thamel.

"Getting to know Coach Riley and gaining familiarity with his offense definitely played a part in my selection, as well as already knowing some the guys on the team."

Riley has produced three current NFL starting quarterbacks - Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts - and had overseen Rattler's evolution into the Heisman favourite going into the 2021 season.

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