In what has been one of the most unique and difficult college football seasons ever, the Heisman Trophy Award Presentation was just as creative. With the four finalists zooming in, they were joined by coaches and their family in private watch parties.
The 2020 Heisman Finalists were Devonta Smith, Mac Jones, Kyle Trask, and Trevor Lawrence. With three quarterbacks and a wide receiver in the running, it seemed like it would be a dead giveaway that the position that oftentimes wins the award would yet again. But instead, it finally did go to a wide receiver.
Devonta Smith won the award after putting up a wild season at Alabama. Smith received for 1,641 yards, 20 touchdowns and averaged 15.6 yards per catch. Smith was one of the big reasons the Alabama Crimson Tide are in the National Championship.
It is the first time that it’s happened since Desmond Howard won in 1991. Smith became the third Alabama player to win the Heisman Trophy and the first to do it since Derrick Henry in 2015. The only other Alabama winner was Mark Ingram in 2009. Oddly enough all Alabama winners are non-quarterbacks.
“To all the young kids out there that are not the biggest, not the strongest–keep pushing, ’cause I’m not the biggest–I’ve been doubted a lot bc of my size. It just comes down to, if put your mind to it, you can do it. No job is too big. Keep believin’ in God.”
Although it took this long for Smith to get on the Heisman stage, he was immediately made a star and an Alabama legend in his freshman season. He reeled in the pass that won the Crimson Tide the National Championship against Georgia on an incredible throw from Tua Tagovailoa. He has had to overcome playing behind guys like Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy, Jaylen Waddle and others and has reached the top.
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Smith did something that I frankly have been wanting for a long time. I wondered at the beginning of the year if a guy like Kyle Pitts, Florida’s tight end, could win the Heisman and ultimately the answer was no. But for Smith, he was able to overcome all that and do something that hadn’t been done in nearly thirty years.
Smith didn’t just win the award but he dominated along the way. Trevor Lawrence finished second in voting as Smith finished with 447 first place votes and 1,856 points while Lawrence finished with 222 first place votes and 1,187 votes.
In third came Mac Jones, the quarterback from Alabama, who has been throwing Smith the ball all season and was sitting next to him when he won the award. He had 138 first place votes and 1,130 votes and in fifth was Florida’s quarterback Kyle Trask had 61 first place votes and 737 total votes.
Smith deserved the award and it feels like a relief that the voters were able to get it right this year and avoid the fatal quarterback trap.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com