That was the first thing former DeMatha Catholic High School offensive lineman Golden Israel-Achumba noticed when he saw his rival offensive lineman on the opposing sideline in 2018.
“I’m looking at Olu like, ‘Who is that guy?'” Israel-Achumba said of the now 6-foot-6, 317-pounder who is his friend and teammate at Penn State. “That guy’s huge. He’s not letting anything get by him.”
For Caleb Williams, it was the demeanor. Whether it was seeing him as a high school freshman in 2017 or as a USC star today, the way he carried himself stood out.
“I know his look on his face, I know the body language, the way he walks, the way his arms move, the ways his feet move,” Gonzaga College High School football coach Randy Trivers said. “It’s the way his shoulders, his posture … a lot of athletes under certain circumstances are going to be really, really good. But there’s few athletes under circumstances that can really consistently triumph and be good. There’s a fearlessness of failure.”
Not only did their 2018 Gonzaga football team defeat its biggest rival, DeMatha, to win the school’s first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title in 16 years, but the Eagles did it in epic fashion. The dramatic championship game, which was highlighted by SportsCenter and Good Morning America, featured three touchdowns and three lead changes — in the final 29 seconds.