Alabama Receiver DeVonta Smith Wins the Heisman Trophy

The Crimson Tide senior took home 447 first-place votes, beating out a trio of quarterbacks: Mac Jones of Alabama, Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and Kyle Trask of Florida

Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith scored three touchdowns in the Rose Bowl against Notre Dame.

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香蕉视频苹果下载Alabama wideout DeVonta Smith was awarded the 2020 Heisman Trophy in a virtual presentation Tuesday night, becoming the first receiver since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991 and fourth all-time to be named college football’s top athlete. 

Smith’s victory is emblematic of a season in which the offenses were about as explosive as the coronavirus was disruptive. Smith has accumulated 20 receiving touchdowns and 1,641 yards so far and will have a chance to add to his totals during the championship game against No. 3 Ohio State on Jan. 11 in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Alabama senior took home 447 first-place votes, beating out a trio of quarterbacks: teammate Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and Kyle Trask of Florida. 

香蕉视频苹果下载Smith is the third skill player from Alabama to win the Heisman Trophy in the last 12 years, a testament to the program’s rich history of recruiting. Although Smith played in 2019 for the Crimson Tide, he was buried on the depth chart behind Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, both of whom earned starting spots on NFL rosters after being taken 12th and 15th, respectively, in the 2020 NFL draft. 

“When you got here everybody was on the same mission to become the best player they could be,” Smith said on Tuesday night. “Being around those guys they taught me so much.”

香蕉视频苹果下载Smith, who goes by the nickname “the Slim Reaper” because of his 6-foot-1, 174-pound frame, finally earned his turn in the spotlight in 2020 and initially shared Alabama’s receiving workload with fellow star wideout Jaylen Waddle. The former went down with an ankle injury in the fifth game against Tennessee on Oct. 24, a point at which Smith launched one of the most dominant offensive campaigns in decades. In the Crimson Tide’s final seven games of 2020, Smith racked up 13 touchdowns and 955 receiving yards. 

In last week’s College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl he added three more scores, including a late second-quarter touchdown pass caught on his tiptoes just inside the pylon with his body falling out of bounds. He also caught the game-winning touchdown pass in Alabama’s overtime win over Georgia in the 2017 national championship.

香蕉视频苹果下载Smith’s gaudy numbers were also the result of having a stellar teammate under center in Jones, a fellow Heisman finalist who garnered 138 first place votes. Like Smith, Jones waited on the Crimson Tide roster behind Heisman finalists Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa before earning the starting job at the end of the 2019 season. Through 12 games in 2020, Jones has passed for 4,036 yards and his 73.8% completion rate leads the nation.

Jones’ production was matched only by Florida’s Trask. With a bevy of receiving talent and otherworldly tight end Kyle Pitts waiting to catch bombs, Trask threw 43 passing touchdowns and ran in another three scores. Through the first seven games, he scored 30 touchdowns — a higher clip than last year’s record-setting 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow of Louisiana State. 

DeVonta Smith and head coach Nick Saban celebrate the Rose Bowl victory.

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香蕉视频苹果下载Of the Heisman finalists in 2020, none had lost fewer games than Lawrence. The junior won 29 consecutive games, including the 2018 national championship as a true freshman, before falling to LSU in last year’s title game. His team racked up another 11 wins during the pandemic season until an upset loss to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Sugar Bowl.

Lawrence has his influence on the sport beyond the field. This summer, when college football was on the brink of not happening amid coronavirus health and broad protests over social justice issues, Lawrence helped unify players’ grass roots attempt to stage a season. Already the most famous player in the college game, he became the face香蕉视频苹果下载 of the “#WeWantToPlay” movement.

香蕉视频苹果下载“I know that’s become a stat award, but if you watch college football and you don’t know this guy’s the best player in college football, I don’t know what you’re looking at,” said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney following his team’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship. 

香蕉视频苹果下载This dynamic helps explain why Lawrence performed so favorably on Heisman ballots, winning 222 first-place votes, despite his comparatively less impressive performance on the field. 

Corrections & Amplifications

香蕉视频苹果下载Florida quarterback Kyle Trask scored 43 passing touchdowns and 3 rushing touchdowns this season. A previous version of the article inaccurately cited his career statistics.

Write to Laine Higgins at laine.higgins@wsj.com

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