Smith in 2019
|Alabama Crimson Tide – No. 6|
|High school||Amite (Amite City, Louisiana)|
|Born:||November 14, 1998|
Amite City, Louisiana
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||175 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
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. As a sophomore in 2018, he had 42 receptions for 693 yards and six touchdowns. 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. 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. 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. While playing for Alabama, Smith set eight out of nine school receiving records.
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