Southern Californiaquarterback Caleb Williams is The Associated Press college
football player of the year, becoming the school’s first winner of the award since 2005
with his stellar debut season for the Trojans.
Williams received 32 of the 46 first-place votes and 117 total points from AP Top 25
poll voters to win the award presented by Regions Bank. The Heisman Trophy
favorite finished well ahead of TCU quarterback Max Duggan, who came in second
with six first-place votes and 64 points.
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Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was third, with Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker in
fourth and Georgia’s Stetson Bennett fifth.
Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr., the first repeat SEC Defensive Player of the
Year, was the only non-quarterback in this year’s top eight vote-getters, finishing
sixth after coming in fourth last season.