Lincoln Riley announces USC’s captains for the 2023 season

Caleb Williams leads USC's captains this season and Will Ferrell visits the team.

LOS ANGELES — At USC’s annual Salute to Troy kickoff event, head coach Lincoln Riley announced the team’s captains for the 2023 season.

This year’s captains are redshirt senior offensive lineman Justin Dedich, redshirt senior linebacker Shane Lee, junior quarterback Caleb Williams, redshirt junior offensive lineman Jonah Monheim, and senior linebacker Mason Cobb.

Dedich, Lee, and Williams all return as captains from last season. Cobb, a transfer from Oklahoma State, has already established himself as a leader in just a few months on campus, as evidenced by the fact that he represented USC at last month’s Pac-12 Media Day alongside Williams. Monheim, meanwhile, has emerged as a leader this offseason on a retooled USC offensive line that will be replacing three starters from last season.

This will mark the first time since the 2015 season that USC will have five captains. That year, the Trojans were led by redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler, redshirt senior defensive lineman Antwaun Woods, redshirt senior linebacker Anthony Sarao, junior linebacker/safety Su’a Cravens, and the late senior offensive lineman Max Tuerk. In most years, USC has had only four captains.

Ferrell visits practice

Typically, head coach Lincoln Riley does not allow guests at practice. But last week, he made a notable exception for a legendary USC alum.

Who was that guest? Why, none other than iconic actor (and former USC sports information intern) Will Ferrell himself.

Ferrell graduated from USC in 1990. He has since become a notable celebrity fan of the program, especially during the Trojans’ dominant run under Pete Carroll during the 2000s.