Heisman winner Caleb Williams to forgo USC's Holiday Bowl, raising NFL hopes

L.A. (Associated Press) — The fact that Caleb Williams, the quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy, will not be participating in the Holiday Bowl for Southern California has added gasoline to the fire of speculation that he may join the forthcoming NFL draft.

USC coach Lincoln Riley said on Monday that Williams will not be participating in the Trojans' bowl game against Louisville

which will take place in San Diego on December 27. The Trojans have a record of 7-5.

Williams has been widely anticipated to enter the draft during the whole year, and after two outstanding seasons at the University of Southern California, he is a strong contender to be taken first overall.

After moving from Oklahoma, he had a remarkable first season in Los Angeles, which led to his winning the Heisman Trophy in 2022 that yea

 This is his third season playing collegiate football, and he finished the season with a passing total of 3,633 yards, 30 touchdown passes, and five interceptions.

While backup Miller Moss and heralded freshman Malachi Nelson are the leading possibilities to lead USC against the Cardinals, Riley has yet to choose a quarterback. Despite Williams' strong play, the Trojans lost five of their last six games.

Williams has thrown for 10,082 yards and 93 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in three years at Oklahoma and USC. He ran for 960 yards and 27 touchdowns.