Nailed it: USC QB Caleb Williams' season was full of manicured messages

by Ricardo Gutierrez - The Heisman finalist demonstrated unique way to send messages on the field with his painted fingernails.

USC QB Caleb Williams' nails tell the tale of his season play Caleb Williams strikes Heisman pose after impressive drive (1:32) Caleb Williams does a great job to keep the play alive for the completion, tops it off with a TD run later in the drive and then strikes the Heisman pose. (1:32) 7:16 AM ET Brianna Williams Heisman finalist Caleb Williams has nailed his first season with the USC Trojans in more ways than one. The sophomore transfer quarterback is responsible for 47 touchdowns (37 passing, 10 rushing), which is the most in the FBS this season and in USC history. Williams, the Trojans' first Heisman finalist since 2005, is also one of two FBS players in the past five seasons with at least 4,000 total yards and five or fewer turnovers Editor's Picks College football award predictions: Who will -- and should -- win? 22h David M. Hale Cotton Bowl preview: Key players, X factors for USC, Tulane 2d Paolo Uggetti and Alex Scarborough 30 NFL draft questions with Kiper, McShay, Miller and Reid: Let the QB debate at No. 1 begin 2d Mel Kiper Jr., +3 More 2 Related Aside from his amazing play, Williams has found a unique way to send messages on the field -- with his painted nails. In February, Williams explained the origin for his flashy fingernails on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts . "My mom was my inspiration," he said. "I mean, she's been doing nails since I could remember. ... So I was playing my game, messing with my mom and kind of just sitting there she'd always do my nails. I didn't get paint on him, but she'd always do 'em." Most recently, Williams sent a manicured message to the Utah Utes in the Pac-12 championship. Williams' nails in the Pac-12 championship game spelled out a message for Utah. Photo by David Becker/Getty Images Utah QB Cameron Rising was not amused. "He had f--- Utah on there? That's cute," Rising said . "You know, you can do whatever you want, put whatever you want on your nails. I'm not, not going to judge you for whatever you do, but yeah, I hope he liked it." Williams had an impressive effort through the air with 363 yards and three touchdowns, but he also committed two turnovers in USC's 47-24 loss . Here's a look at how some of his messages have lined up with his performances throughout the season: 38-27 W vs. Notre Dame The Trojans' QB painted an expletive-laced message addressing the Fighting Irish. Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire Williams tallied 232 passing yards and one touchdown, added three more scores on the ground and even struck the Heisman pose after his first rushing touchdown in the second quarter. "I honestly struck it because a bunch of my teammates was saying do it," Williams said after the game. "After I score I normally just kind of don't do anything and so they told me to do it and they kept saying it so I ended up doing it in the moment." His nails expressed a similar sentiment as the game against Utah, reading "F---" on one hand and "NDXX" on the other. 48-45 W @ UCLA Williams called out USC's crosstown rival, UCLA. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images He had the same message, except with UCLA on his left hand when he faced the Trojans' crosstown rivals. USC had a season-high 648 yards of total offense and Williams was responsible for 503 of them. He completed 32 of 43 passes for 470 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 33 yards and an additional score. 55-17 W vs. Colorado Williams' nails make a reference to the California Golden Bears, the team USC beat before Colorado. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Williams accounted for five of USC's seven touchdowns with three in the air and two on the ground. He passed for 268 yards. The Buffaloes didn't merit nail art. Williams wore the same nail design from the previous game against Cal. 41-35 W vs. Cal Williams called out his opponent of the week. Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Williams scored all but one of the Trojans' six touchdowns and was just two yards short of tallying 400 total yards. Similar to the Utah and Notre Dame games, Williams had the swear word but included a design on one finger before spelling out "Cal." 45-37 W @ Arizona Williams' manicure directed a profane message at Arizona. Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images Even without top receivers Jordan Addison and Mario Williams for the second consecutive week, USC's Heisman contender managed to have an exceptional game. He threw for a then-career high 411 yards and five touchdowns in a back-and-forth contest. 43-42 L @ Utah The phone number of the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (988) was painted on Williams' nails. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer On USC's first possession, Williams converted on third-and-8 with a 55-yard run that was responsible for the bulk of his 58 rushing yards. He finished with 381 passing yards and five touchdowns. In his first game against Utah, Williams was at the end of a run of games with designs and emojis on his hands. Prior to the direct swears at opponents, Williams had been using symbols and pictures since the beginning of the season. 30-14 W vs. Washington State The phone number of the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (988) was painted on Williams' nails. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images In an uncharacteristic game, Williams only went 15 of 29 for 188 yards with two touchdowns, but it was enough for a victory. 42-25 W vs. Arizona State Williams' donned several designs against Arizona State, including a pair of smiley faces. Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire Williams passed for 348 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 44 yards and another score on the ground. 17-14 W @ Oregon State Williams' jersey No. 13 was the most prominent feature in Week 4. Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports Williams' only touchdown right on time in Week 4's low-scoring affair. With 73 seconds left in the game, he connected with Addison on a 21-yard pass for the go-ahead score. He finished with 207 total yards, 180 passing and 27 rushing. 45-17 W vs. Fresno State An American flag and hazard symbol were among the designs Williams donned against Fresno State. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images Williams earned four touchdowns, splitting the scores equally on the ground and through the air. He threw for 284 yards and went 25 for 37. 41-28 W @ Stanford The Stanford Cardinal logo was featured on his middle digit. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Williams passed for 341 yards and four touchdowns as the Trojans cruised to a win. He completed 13 of his first 15 passes and finished the day 20 for 27. 66-14 W vs. Rice Williams' design included USC's logo in his debut for the Trojans. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images Saying that Williams' debut in Southern California went well would be an understatement. He completed 19 of 22 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He was also USC's leading rusher with 68 yards. ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this story