The Walter Camp Player of the Year
USC Quarterback Caleb Williams is the 2022 Walter Camp Player of Year
USC sophomore quarterback Caleb Williams (Washington, D.C.) has been selected as the 2022 Walter Camp Player of Year, presented by David McDermott Lexus of New Haven. The award was announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN.
The Walter Camp Player of Year is voted on by the nation’s 131 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.
Other finalists for the 2022 Walter Camp Player of Year award included quarterbacks Max Duggan (TCU), C.J. Stroud (Ohio State) and Hendon Hooker (Tennessee) along with running back Blake Corum(Michigan).
The 56th recipient of the Walter Camp Player of Year award, Williams is the seventh USC player to win the prestigious honor, and the first since Reggie Bush (2005). Williams is also the 11th player from the Pac-12 Conference to earn the honor. He is also the 22nd quarterback to earn the award.
The 2022 Pac-12 Offensive Player of Year, Williams has led USC to an 11-2 season and a berth in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl on January 1 against Tulane.
Williams is a first-year USC starter after transferring from Oklahoma, has thrown for 4,075 yards on 296-of-448 passing (66.1%). He is tied for the nation-lead with 37 touchdown passes against just four interceptions. His 4,075 passing yards are fourth-most nationally, and his quarterback rating (167.94) ranks fifth, while his 313.5 passing yards per game are sixth.
Williams also ranks third nationally in total offense with 4,447 yards with a total that broke USC’s school record (4,225, 2017). He has also rushed for 372 yards (the most by a USC quarterback in at least 70 years) on 109 carries with a team-best 10 touchdowns.
A first-year USC starter after transferring from Oklahoma, Williams has thrown for 4,075 yards on 296-of-448 passing (66.1%).
Williams’ 47 total touchdowns lead the country, as do his 282 points responsible for, while his total touchdowns are a school record. He threw for over 300 yards seven times, including twice for over 400 yards.
Williams will receive his award along with 2022 Coach of Year Sonny Dykes (TCU) at the Foundation’s annual Awards Weekend on March 10-11, 2023, in New Haven.
Walter Camp Players of the Year
2022 – Caleb Williams, QB, USC
2021 – Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
2020 – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
2019 – Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
2018 – Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
2017 – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
2016 – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
2015 – Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
2014 – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
2013 – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2012 – Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
2011 – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2010 – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
2009 – Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
2008 – Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
2007 – Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
2006 – Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State
2005 – Reggie Bush, RB, USC
2004 – Matt Leinart, QB, USC
2003 – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pittsburgh
2002 – Larry Johnson, RB, Penn State
2001 – Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska
2000 – Josh Heupel, QB, Oklahoma
1999 – Ron Dayne, RB, Wisconsin
1998 – Ricky Williams, RB, Texas
1997 – Charles Woodson, DB, Michigan
1996 – Danny Wuerffel, QB, Florida
1995 – Eddie George, RB, Ohio State
1994 – Rashaan Salaam, RB, Colorado
1993 – Charlie Ward, QB, Florida State
1992 – Gino Torretta, QB, Miami
1991 – Desmond Howard, WR, Michigan
1990 – Raghib Ismail, WR, Notre Dame
1989 – Anthony Thompson, RB, Indiana
1988 – Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma State
1987 – Tim Brown, WR, Notre Dame
1986 – Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami
1985 – Bo Jackson, RB, Auburn
1984 – Doug Flutie, QB, Boston College
1983 – Mike Rozier, RB, Nebraska
1982 – Herschel Walker, RB, Georgia
1981 – Marcus Allen, RB, USC
1980 – Hugh Green, DE, Pittsburgh
1979 – Charles White, RB, USC
1978 – Billy Sims, RB, Oklahoma
1977 – Ken MacAfee, TE, Notre Dame
1976 – Tony Dorsett, RB, Pittsburgh
1975 – Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State
1974 – Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State
1973 – John Cappelletti, RB, Penn State
1972 – Johnny Rodgers, RB, Nebraska
1971 – Pat Sullivan, QB, Auburn
1970 – Jim Plunkett, QB, Stanford
1969 – Steve Owens, RB, Oklahoma
1968 – O.J. Simpson, RB, USC
1967 – O.J. Simpson, RB, USC