USC star Caleb Williams came under fire for his retweet of ESPN college football analyst Robert Griffin III’s tweet about TCU quarterback Max Duggan. Following the Horned Frogs’ Big 12 championship overtime loss to Kansas State, Griffin took to Twitter to commend Duggan for his heart and dedication in defeat.
Following the loss, Duggan displayed his emotions in his postgame presser saying this….
“There’s nothing more that I wanted than to bring this school a championship. Today we fell short. I didn’t make enough plays to help us. Offensively, to put us in that spot.
“I wanted that one really bad.
Griffin tweeted out a clip of Duggan’s presser with the caption of:
“How can you not root for Max Duggan?”
How can you not root for Max Duggan? pic.twitter.com/KI3DJNSX4w
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 4, 2022
The Horned Frogs program who came from out of nowhere under Duggan and first-year head coach Sonny Dykes, went undefeated in the regular season and punched their ticket to the CFP despite the loss. The Horned Frogs overachieved, making them a team many would support for that exact reason.
Did Williams Hate On The Tweet?
USC quarterback Caleb Williams, who’s considered the Heisman front-runner, tweeted Griffin’s tweet with …
As if he was mocking the tweet. It wasn’t a good look for Williams coming off his toughest loss of the season. A loss that knocked USC out of College Football Playoffs contention. After receiving backlash for his tweet Williams attempted to clarify and then decided to just remove it.
“Wasn’t laughing at Max D!! Happy for him, his journey, his team, and his passion for his school. I feel the same way after we lost this year.”
One person tweeted out that while Duggan is all about team, Caleb is about himself.
— Uninformed Frog (@uninformedfrog) December 4, 2022
Fans constantly jump to conclusions and say outlandish things on Twitter so this reaction to an “LOL” isn’t that surprising. To imply that Williams is selfish or any less deserving of a Heisman Trophy because he wasn’t crying a river after he lost the game is what we call a major reach.
Williams And Duggan Are Heisman Trophy Finalists
While Williams and his Trojan teammates came up short in their bid to win their conference championship, Williams is the front-runner to hoist the Heisman on Saturday night in the “Big Apple.” By virtue of their second loss this season to Utah, the Trojans didn’t qualify for the CFP, but they’ll be playing in the Cotton Bowl. Williams is looking to give USC head coach Lincoln Riley his third Heisman winner.
As for Duggan, the loss didn’t hurt the Horned Frogs’ chances at the CFP. They’re the third seed and will face undefeated Big Ten champion Michigan. Duggan is also headed to NYC as a finalist for the prestigious award, and while he isn’t the favorite, just being among college football’s elite is an accomplishment.
Once an overlooked four-star recruit, Duggan has blossomed this season. All the stardom and attention hasn’t gone to the Council Bluffs, Iowa, product’s head either. He recently told reporters that he hasn’t really thought about being a finalist. Another example of his team-first attitude.
“I think it’s something after the trip that I’ll be able to reflect on it,” Duggan said. “It’s something I’m looking forward to. It’s a huge honor, especially for me and my family and for this team in TCU. Just getting the opportunity to go there and put TCU on a national platform. A lot of people will see our story, our program, our school down here, a small school in Fort Worth that everyone talks about. It’s going to be good.”
BREAKING: The four Heisman finalists have been announced.
-Stetson Bennett pic.twitter.com/rVE7bDrHWG
— 247Sports (@247Sports) December 6, 2022
Williams and Duggan will be joined in NYC by Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett and Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud. And that’s no laughing matter.