BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - For the first time in 30 years, a wide receiver captured college football’s most prestigious award - the Heisman Memorial Trophy.
Senior wide receiver DeVonta Smith was announced as the 86th winner during a virtual presentation in the Naylor Stone Media Suite on Tuesday evening on ESPN.
“I never sat up and thought I could possibly win it,” said DeVonta Smith in his Heisman Trophy press conference.
Smith tallied 1,856 points to surpass fellow teammate quarterback Mac Jones (1,130), along with quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence (1,187) of Clemson and Kyle Trask (737) of Florida.
Smith and Jones mark the first pair of Southeastern Conference teammates to be named finalists since multiple candidates were invited to take part in the live show in 1982. Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris (216) finished fifth in the final vote.
“To all the kids out there that’s not the biggest, not the strongest, just keep pushing, because I’m not the biggest; I’ve been doubted a lot just because of my size,” Smith said. “Really, it just comes down to if you put your mind to it, you can do it. No job is too big.”