Alabama receiver Devonta Smith was announced as the winner of the Heisman Trophy in 2020. He is the first player in his position to take the award out since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991.
Smith is the third Heisman winner to come out of Alabama since 2009, and he is the first wide receiver in SEC history to take home the Stiff-Arm Trophy. The other finalists for the award were all quarterbacks: Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence (second), Alabama’s Mac Jones (third) and Florida’s Kyle Trask (fourth).
This season, Smith totaled 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns on 105 receptions; he also scored rushing and as a point-returner, a total of 22 touchdowns that entered the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 11th.
Smith leads the nation in catches, yards receiving, all purpose yards and receiving touchdowns. He added to his resume by breaking Alabama’s record for yard reception and touchdowns.
In his post-victory speech, Smith provided inspiration to others who could follow in his footsteps.
“For all the kids out there, it’s not the biggest, not the strongest. Keep pushing, because I’m not the biggest. you can do it. No job is too big, “he said.
After Smith was announced as this year’s Heisman winner, many jumped on social media to congratulate the likely future first-round pick of the 2021 NFL Draft to celebrate his success.
Here are some of the best reactions.