Alabama's Devonta Smith becomes first WR to capture Heisman Trophy since 1991
The 2020 season was a memorable one, and we now have a Heisman Trophy winner!
Heading into Tuesday’s reveal, there were four finalists. Alabama QB Mac Jones and WR Devonta Smith, Florida QB Kyle Trask, and Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence were selected as the finalists for the prestigious award.
In the end, it went to Smith, becoming the first WR since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991 to capture the national honor. Smith was a monster and one of the key driving forces behind Alabama’s dominant offense this season.
Smith was absolutely on another level this season, leading the nation in catches (105), receiving yards (1,641), and receiving touchdowns (20). The next closest player in catches had 86 and Smith had almost 500 more yards than the next closest player.
Of the other finalists, Trask led the country in a number of statistics. The Florida Gators star led the country in completions (301), passing yards (4,283), and passing touchdowns (43).
Despite Trask’s big numbers, Alabama’s starter was not far behind and was even better in some key categories. Jones led the nation in completion percentage (77%) and passing yards per attempt (11.3) while finishing second to Trask with 36 touchdowns. Ironically, the biggest drawback to Jones’ Heisman candidacy could have been the fact that he was playing alongside the best wide receiver in the country and benefitted from having running back Najee Harris in the backfield.
Lawrence did have phenomenal numbers, throwing for over 3,000 yards with 24 passing touchdowns on 69.2% passing. Unfortunately, his overall numbers were limited after he missed two games due to COVID-19.
All in all, Smith is more than deserving of the Heisman and definitely put up an incredible year for the Crimson Tide.