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The last time a wide receiver won the Heisman Trophy

DeVonta Smith has a chance to be the first wide receiver in nearly 30 years to win the Heisman Trophy.

Indiana Hoosiers v Michigan Wolverines

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith is the favorite to take home the 2020 Heisman Trophy when it is awarded on Tuesday, January 5th. The event will take place virtually, airing on ESPN and via live stream at 7 p.m. ET.

If Smith takes home the award, he would be the first primarily wide receiver to win it since Desmond Howard in 1991. Defensive back Charles Woodson played some wide receiver when he won the award in 1997, but he was known primarily as a defensive player.

In 1991, Howard caught 62 passes for 985 yards and 19 touchdowns while adding 13 rushes for 180 yards and a score. He capped his season with 15 kick returns with a touchdown and 20 punt returns with a score, including one against Ohio State that forever went down in the lore of the sport. His legenadary pose afterwards soon thereafter became a penalty.

Smith had a monster of a season at Alabama. He caught 105 passes for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns, while also adding a touchdown on four rushing attempts. He handled return duties this season, for the first time in his college career, and had a touchdown on nine returns.