Chip Kelly understands it is unlikely Caleb Williams is in serious contention for the Heisman Trophy this season. However, UCLA’s head coach believes the star quarterback is certainly in consideration as the best player in college football.

During Wednesday’s media session, Kelly referred to Williams’ numbers as “staggering.” USC’s QB is on pace for a career-high completion percentage at 67.9%, and he has eclipsed 3,200 yards for a second straight season. Williams also has 40 total touchdowns with just 4 interceptions on the year.

“It’s interesting because I don’t think there’s ever been a 2-time Heisman Trophy winner since Archie Griffin, but his numbers are staggering. When you watch that guy on film, you can’t tell me there’s a better player in the country than him,” said Kelly. “If (there is), I haven’t seen him.”

Kelly went on to say Williams is in the same category as former Stanford QB Andrew Luck. Luck, of course, went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft and finished second in Heisman voting twice while with the Cardinal.

“I think sometimes you get into the ‘Well, he won it last year, so let’s give it to somebody else.’ But if the award’s supposed to go to the best player in the country, that kid is as good a football player as I’ve had the chance to coach against,” Kelly claimed. “I’ve coached against Andrew Luck, Andrew Luck was the No. 1 pick in the draft and a truly special player at the collegiate level. To me, Caleb is in the same category as Andrew Luck.”

Part of the argument against Williams is USC’s 7-4 record, but that is hard to pin on Williams. The Trojan offense is averaging 43.8 points per game under his guidance, but the defense has given up 34.6 points per game through Week 11.

We’ll see how Williams fares in Saturday’s rivalry game against the Bruins, but Kelly knows the QB will be a handful.