Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith wins 2020 Heisman Trophy

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University of Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith has struck a permanent bronze pose.

Smith won the 2020 Heisman Trophy on Tuesday night in a virtual ceremony. He became the first receiver to win the Heisman since Desmond Howard in 1991. The six-foot-one, 175-pounder is the first non-quarterback or running back to win the Heisman since cornerback Charles Woodson won in 1997.

Smith led the NCAA with 98 receptions and 1,511 receiving yards while his 17 touchdown catches, and 137.4 receiving yards per game were both second. His 8.9 receptions per game tied for second. He played a key role in the Crimson Tide remaining undefeated (12-0) all season long.

The senior pass catcher was named the 2020 Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year while joining talented teammates, quarterback Mac Jones, running back Najee Harris and fellow receiver, Canadian John Metchie III, leading Alabama to the SEC title and No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff.

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Smith posted four games with 11 or more receptions, including a career-best and SEC title-game record 15 against Florida, 13 at Mississippi and 11 each against Georgia and Mississippi State.

The playmaker recorded seven games with over 100 yards receiving — all with at least 144 yards — including 231 yards on eight catches at LSU, 203 against the Bulldogs, which included a season-high four touchdowns, and 184 yards against the Gators.

Smith had six games with at least two touchdown receptions, three coming at LSU and two in the SEC title game. Smith also returned a punt for a touchdown for the first time in his career, going 84 yards at Arkansas in the regular season finale.

Smith holds the SEC and Alabama career record for receiving touchdowns with 40 and has the most 200-plus-yard receiving performances in Alabama history with four.

The Crimson Tide star received 447 out of a possible 926 first-place votes. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was second with 222, Jones third at 138, and Florida signal caller Kyle Trask fourth with 61.

It’s the third Heisman Trophy awarded to an Alabama player as Smith joins running backs Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015) in winning the most prestigious individual award in all of sports.