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DeVonta Smith

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DeVonta Smith
DeVonta Smith.jpg
Smith in 2019
Alabama Crimson Tide – No. 6
PositionWide receiver
ClassSenior
MajorEducation
Career history
College
Bowl games
High schoolAmite (Amite City, Louisiana)
Personal information
Born: (1998-11-14) November 14, 1998 (age 22)
Amite City, Louisiana
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career highlights and awards

DeVonta Smith (born November 14, 1998) is an American football wide receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide. As a senior in 2020 he recorded over 1,800 yards with 23 touchdowns, for which he won the Heisman Trophy alongside several other awards and honors. He was the first wide receiver to win the Heisman since Desmond Howard in 1991 and only the fourth overall. Smith also won two College Football National Championships while at Alabama.

High school career

Smith was born on November 14, 1998, in Amite City, Louisiana, and attended Amite High Magnet School.[1] He committed to the University of Alabama to play college football.[2]

College career

As a true freshman at Alabama in 2017, Smith had eight receptions for 160 yards and three touchdowns. In the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship against Georgia, Smith had the game-winning touchdown reception in overtime to give Alabama the 26–23 victory.[3][4][5] As a sophomore in 2018, he had 42 receptions for 693 yards and six touchdowns.[6][7] Smith continued to build his resume with another strong season in his junior year with 68 receptions for 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns. On November 21, 2020, Smith broke the all-time SEC career record for most receiving touchdowns, with two against Kentucky.

Smith became the first wide receiver to win the AP Player of the Year award since its inception in 1998.[8] Smith was selected over finalists Kyle Trask, Trevor Lawrence and teammate Mac Jones to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy, becoming the first wide receiver to win the award since Desmond Howard in 1991 and only the fourth overall.[9] Several days later in the CFP National Championship Game against Ohio State, Smith set records for title game catches (12) and touchdown receptions (three), and also totaled 215 yards. Alabama won, 52–24, their sixth title in 12 years, while Smith was named Offensive MVP of the championship game, despite leaving in the third quarter with a hand injury.[10] While playing for Alabama, Smith set eight out of nine school receiving records.

On January 18, 2021, Smith accepted an invitation to play in the 2021 Senior Bowl.[11]

References

  1. ^ "The Draft Network | NFL Draft Rankings, Predictions, & Coverage". The Draft Network. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  2. ^ "Amite (La.) wide receiver DeVonta Smith is headed to Alabama". February 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Sabin, Rainer (November 27, 2018). "Why Alabama WR DeVonta Smith is not eager to talk about '2nd-and-26'". al.
  4. ^ Byington, Alex. "Humble Alabama WR DeVonta Smith not reveling in 'The Catch' ahead of rematch with Georgia". The Montgomery Advertiser.
  5. ^ "DeVonta Smith's hometown hails Bama's other CFP hero". SI.com.
  6. ^ Byington, Alex. "Alabama's DeVonta Smith finally getting his due". TimesDaily.
  7. ^ Byington, Alex. "Tide WR DeVonta Smith emerging from the shadows". Dothan Eagle.
  8. ^ "Tide's DeVonta Smith the 1st WR to win AP Player of the Year". AP NEWS. December 29, 2020. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  9. ^ "Wide receivers and the Heisman Trophy: DeVonta Smith joins exclusive fraternity with win". www.sportingnews.com. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  10. ^ Rob Goldberg (January 11, 2021). "DeVonta Smith, Mac Jones, Alabama Rout Ohio State to Win 2021 CFP Championship". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  11. ^ Heim, Mark (January 18, 2021). "Alabama's DeVonta Smith accepts Senior Bowl invitation". MSN.com. Retrieved January 19, 2021.

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