If there is one thing you can anticipate from a Lincoln Riley-led program is that the offense will be filled with multiple playmakers at almost every position. And that is definitely the case for Riley at USC. On his USC squad, despite losing the likes of Jordan Addison to the NFL draft, the Trojans still have a plethora of patching threats at whiteout, starting with Mario Williams. And even with Heisman-winning quarterback Caleb Williams running the Trojans’ offense, there is also some serious talent behind him. Following the Trojans’ spring game, Williams gave his thoughts on the growth he’s seeing from the young QBs during spring practice.
“They always stand out, man. I see them every day in practice,” said Williams. “So just seeing them every day in practice getting better, like Malachi. He’s a young guy, but he’s growing. Especially working with Caleb (and) Coach Riley; even Miller. All of them work together. So, I think everybody’s growing.”
USC was able to bring in two of the nation’s top quarterbacks in their respective classes, both from the state of California. Miller Moss, who’s from Mission Hills, CA, was a four-star prospect. He was the No. 79 overall recruit in the 2021 cycle. Whereas Malachi Nelson from Los Alamitos, CA, is a five-star prospect and the No. 11 overall recruit in the 2023 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
It’s not just the quarterbacks Williams sees growth in. The Trojans star wideout also detailed his own progress over the spring.
“My personality,” Mario Williams said. “I think my personality has grown and I became a better person. But, no, I think I have grown in just being consistent.”
Williams went on to explain that he means that he’s able to focus on football better and approach things with a better attitude this year than he has been able to in the past.
“Just making sure I come every day with a smile and not letting the outside stuff get to me.”
Williams went to Oklahoma as a four-star recruit in the Class of 2021, according to the On3 Industry Rankings. He was the third ranked wide receiver in the class and the 33rd ranked player overall.
However, as Mario Williams explained, he’s not the only one who has been working to improve this offseason. The entire USC offense has been taking steps forward.
“Shoot, I don’t even remember last spring,” Mario Williams said. “I think we have grown. Like I said, all of our personalities have grown, and we all make sure we come to practice with high energy, and ready to work so I think we’ll be ready.”
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