Alabama Crimson Tide junior wide receiver DeVonta Smith is the winner of the 82nd Heisman Trophy, as announced via a virtual ceremony broadcast on Tuesday night. He is the first full-time wide receiver to win the award since Desmond Howard in 1991 for the Michigan Wolverines.
The standout wide receiver so far this season has with 105 receptions for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns. He added 265 yards on 12 kick and punt returns, and added another score via return. His athleticism is incredible, and the precision of his routes makes him a sure-fire first round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He also benefitted from having fellow Heisman finalist Mac Jones throwing the ball in spots where only he could get it all season.
I love this moment. pic.twitter.com/YKxVcCcEfH— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2021
Smith became the sixth player to win the Heisman as well as the national championship this century. Alabama running back Derrick Henry in 2015 was the last member of the Tide to complete the feat, and it would be the sixth time that’s happened this century; Matt Leinart for USC (‘04), Mark Ingram for Alabama (‘09), Cam Newton for Auburn (‘10), Jameis Winston for FSU (‘13), and Joe Burrow at LSU (‘19) are the others.
Smith closed as a -1000 favorite to win at DraftKings Sportsbook just before the announcement.