After a 21-year drought, Carson Palmer became USC's fifth Heisman Trophy winner (and the first from the West Coast since 1981), as well as Troy's first quarterback winner ever.
Palmer--a 4-year starter--set or tied 33 Pac-10 and USC total offense and passing records, including becoming the league's career leader in total offense and passing yards.
In 2002, he completed 309-of-489 passes (63.2%) for 3,942 yards and 33 TDs, all USC records. He threw for 300-plus yards in a USC-record 7 games that season, including 3 in a row. He completed at least 60.0% of his passes 9 times.