The nearly three decades long drought of widespread recipients who failed to win the Heisman Trophy ended when Alabama Senior DeVonta Smith received the award during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday evening

Smith became the third Alabama player to receive college football’s most prestigious award, and the first recipient to win it since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991, Smith knocked out three other finalists, all of whom were quarterbacks: Alabama’s Mac Jones, Clemsons Trevor Lawrence and Florida’s Kyle Trask

Smith received 447 votes in first place (1856 total points) Lawrence (222 votes in first place, 1st place)187 points) came second, followed by Jones (138, 1130) and Trask (61, 737)

Called the award a blessing, Smith thanked his parents, coaches, and teammates during a brief speech at Alabama’s football facility. Wearing a sharp burgundy blazer and bow tie, he spoke about the power of self-esteem He was thinking about being from the small town of Amite, Louisiana, and how he was questioned about his size

Despite weighing 6 feet 1 and 175 pounds, Smith became the best receiver and most successful player in college football.He runs the FBS at receptions (105), receives yards (1641) and receives touchdowns (20) He has only lost two passes all season

And like the last recipient to win the Heisman, Smith is more than just a pass catcher.He rushed for a touchdown and returned a punt for another score this season.On the way, he set an SEC record for career- Touchdowns and an Alabama record for career lobbies at

Last week, Smith was named Associated Press Player of the Year and became the first recipient to win the award

Not bad for a skinny kid from Tangipahoa Ward who fell to the floor in high school and did pushups when he saw his reflection in the mirror because he thought he was too young to play college football

“Tay-Tay”, as he is known at home, grew stronger, but remained a relative featherweight compared to other large-body receivers. Because of his light figure, strong hands and ability as a route runner, he would be compared to the draw great Marvin Harrison from the former Indianapolis Colts

In Alabama, coach and players just called him “Smitty” “But he also picked up the nickname” Slim Reaper “along the way

“For all of the little kids out there, this isn’t the biggest, not the strongest Just keep pushing because I’m not the tallest “he said” I’ve only been questioned a lot about my size Really, it just comes down to you focus, you can do it No job is too big “

As a freshman, Smith gained national recognition when he won the pass in extra time against Georgia in the 2018 College Football Playoff title game The iconic piece – forever known as “2nd-and-26” – could have defined his career, but the reticent Smith shied away from reliving it when it was brought up. As he would later say, “The catch is no longer so important to me. It’s a New Year We’re moving on”

However, by the sophomore year, injuries would hamper his development and he was largely overshadowed by the emergence of teammates and star receivers Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and Jaylen Waddle, even after 14 junior touchdowns, Smith managed to fly under the radar

But that season changed all that. Jeudy and Ruggs moved to the NFL, and one of the most dynamic playmakers in college football, Waddle, lost four games this season to an ankle injury

Smith wasn’t even on the Heisman Odds board at Caesars Sportsbook until Waddle was injured in late October, where he was posted 60-1.But when Waddle paused, Smith became the focus of the passing game and was in the limelight

A week after Wadel’s injury, Smith scored four touchdowns in a win over the state of Mississippi, scoring two touchdowns each in the next two games against Kentucky and Auburn, before returning to Louisiana and scoring three times against LSU

Smith excelled in postseason play, finding the end zone twice against Florida in the SEC championship game and three times against Notre Dame during the CFP semifinals in Capital One’s Rose Bowl game

After defeating the Irish to rise to the CFP title game, Saban called Smith a “talented man” and a “hard worker” “

“He’s doing everything just right,” said Saban. “He has a great understanding of what he has to do to make games and he does them every chance he gets so we’re very happy to have him too have “

Saban, unwilling to compare, said Smith has done as much for our team “this year” as any player we have ever had “

Jones, who is 4th this seasonThrowing 036 yards and 36 touchdowns, Smith described as “the most electrifying player in college football” “

ESPN NFL design expert Mel Kiper Jr lists Smith as the fourth best player on his big board and the # 1 rated recipient

“He means most to us here in Alabama,” Jones said. “You can watch the games and see what kind of person he is, how he plays I was really excited to get him the ball this year. He came back to try to win a national championship and improve his draft (stick) and I think he did just that because he just got open and made explosive games “

As a reserved and often shy speaker, Smith said he never thought he would win the Heisman’s friends and teammates would bring it up and he would brush it off as a possibility, if anything, he said he was relieved that it was over be

Smith’s acceptance speech lasted just under two minutes, and he spent a lot of time thanking others, be it his parents, mentor Vince Sanders, Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban, his position coach Holloman Wiggins, or athletic coach Jeff Allen.He even thanked athletics director Greg Byrne and the President of Alabama, Stuart Bell

“Thank you my teammates,” said Smith. “Team success goes hand in hand with individual success. Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today and would win this award”

Heisman Trophy in hand Now Smith only has to end his career the way it started: by fighting for a national championship game

Smith is 1-1 in championship games in his career, and on Monday he will try to break that tie with a win over Ohio State in the CFP title game

“The two main reasons I came back were to graduate and win a national championship,” he said. “I checked one box and am trying to tick the other”

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