2020 Heisman Trophy finalist: Alabama Crimson Tide WR DeVonta Smith

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Heisman Trophy ceremony has traditionally been a quarterback award. That typically does not bode well for other position players. 

On Christmas Eve, Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith was the only non-quarterback to be invited to participate in the Heisman Trophy ceremony on January 5th, 2021. The ceremony will be held virtually this year. 

Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith makes a reception against the Florida Gators in the 2020 Southeastern Conference Championship game
DeVonta Smith makes a reception against the Florida Gators in the 2020 Southeastern Conference Championship game (Photo by Alabama Crimson Tide Football/Instagram)

He will be joined by his teammate Mac Jones. The other two quarterbacks, who will participate in the Heisman Trophy, are Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask and Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence. 

Like Jones, Smith will be the first Crimson Tide representative at the Heisman Trophy since the 2018 season. Tua Tagovailoa was the last Heisman invitee in 2018 before this season. 

Smith is the first Crimson Tide wide receiver to be selected to participate in the award since Amari Cooper. He was apart of the 2014 class that saw Marcus Mariota to win the award. 

While it’s been six years since a Crimson Tide wide receiver participated in the ceremony, it’s been four years since a wide receiver was last invited. Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Dede Westbrook was the last to participate in 2016. 

This season, Smith has had 98 receptions for 1,511 yards. He has 17 touchdown receptions, as well.

He also has three carries for 11 yards and a touchdown.

Smith has 318 more receiving yards than his nearest competitor. Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore is second in college football with 1,193 yards.

The 98 receptions leads college football. It is 12 more receptions than Moore, who had 86.  

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