Deion Sanders heaped praise on USC quarterback Caleb Williams Tuesday when he met with reporters.

Sanders’ Colorado Buffaloes (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) host Williams and the unbeaten Trojans this weekend. Colorado is looking for a bounceback after last weekend’s loss to Oregon, but it won’t be easy against the country’s eighth-ranked team.

Sanders said he had “the utmost respect and love” for USC head coach Lincoln Riley, whom he called a “bonafide winner.” And the combination of Riley as the team’s play-caller and Williams as the quarterback has USC ranked No. 1 in scoring offense and No. 2 in offensive efficiency.

Asked what impresses Sanders most about Williams, he said everything.

“Everything. The kid is a playmaker. Deserved the Heisman Trophy a year ago, which he secured,” Sanders said. I love to see his personality on commercials and in pressers. He’s the epitome of class and confidence in what he brings to the table. He makes plays. He makes that team go. He’s a handful.”

Williams is off to another fantastic start this season.

Perhaps it has been overshadowed by what Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. has done, or what Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders did through the first three games. Williams set the standard so high a year ago people now expect elite performances on a weekly basis.

Yet he’s still delivering. In the 42-28 win over Arizona State, Williams had 322 passing yards and five total touchdowns without an interception. He has 18 total touchdowns this season and has yet to throw an interception.

He and the Trojans (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) face Colorado at 9 a.m. PT on FOX this Saturday.