Three USC Trojans won Pac-12 Players of the Week honors on Monday. That follows standout performances in a 48-45 win against UCLA over the weekend.
Quarterback Caleb Williams is the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.
Williams threw for a career-high 470 yards to go along with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. With the performance, he established himself as one of the clear leaders in the race for the Heisman Trophy. His 503 total yards set a USC single-game record and a record for any player in the history of the USC – UCLA rivalry.
Williams is now a two-time winner of the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.
USC guard Andrew Vorhees is the Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week. Despite ranking among the top offenses in the nation, this is just the first time this season a USC offensive lineman won this award. Vorhees was instrumental in paving the way for USC to pound out 179 rushing yards and 649 total yards against the Bruins.
And Tuli Tuipulotu took home Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week honors for the fourth time this season. He’s twice been named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. Tuipulotu had six tackles, including 1.5 for loss against the Bruins. Tuipulotu played a big role in keeping UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet in check. USC was able to stop a six-game string of 100-yard rushing efforts by Charbonnet.
This is only the fourth season the Pac-12 has awarded a Defensive Lineman of the Week. But Tuipulotu is the first Pac-12 player to win it four times in one year.
Tuipulotu has already locked himself into becoming USC’s 171st All-America. He will be a First-Team All-American by FWAA at the end of the season because he is a Nagurski Award finalist.