Caleb Williams has heard the comparisons to NFL star Patrick Mahomes, but he says it’s only about respect in his eyes and he has a long way to go before he can be compared to the MVP.

It’s a popular comparison, and one that has been touted by NFL Draft pundits and scouts. Williams’ ability to create something out of nothing and fire off passes from ridiculous angles or bases certainly looks like the Kansas City Chiefs’ franchise quarterback.

But Williams doesn’t want it to become a thing.

“The Patrick Mahomes thing, I’ve seen it. I don’t think anything of it,” he said recently on The Ringer’s Slow News Day podcast. “I’m my own self. I’m Caleb Williams, number 13 for the USC Trojans.

“I don’t think too much of it other than it’s respect. Mahomes has been the best guy in the league basically since he got in the league. He’s been playing at the highest level. I just say respect. The man’s got two Super Bowls under his belt and I’ve got not even one national championship. I just classify it as respect because I’ve been working my tail off to try and be the best.”

Williams won the Heisman Trophy last season and has the Trojans positioned to contend for a Pac-12 championship this season. He’s also the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

There are things still to accomplish at the college game first, though. It’s not lip service that Williams mentioned his lack of a championship. His lone season with the Sooners ended with a streak of five consecutive Big 12 championship game appearances being snapped.

Last season — his first in Los Angeles — USC made it to the Pac-12 title game but lost to Utah. The Trojans have eyes for the College Football Playoff. Williams wants a ring.