It’s always a shock to see a non-quarterback win the Heisman Trophy, but that’s what we saw take place on Tuesday night as it was announced that Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith had done just that, becoming just the third non-QB and the first wideout since 1991 to take the crown. Smith became the first WR to take the title as Most Outstanding Player since Desmond Howard, and he did so by overcoming his QB, Mac Jones, as well as Trevor Lawrence and Kyle Trask.
He led the nation in all three receiving statistics: catches (105), yards (1,641), and touchdowns (20). He only had two drops all season, and he also was able to score a rushing TD and a punt return as well. Smith is a symbol of encouragement- standing at just 6-foot-1 and weighing in at 175. He made note of that in his speech, telling other kids like him to keep working hard just like he had in order to reach them. As far as the overall history of the Heisman is concerned, he is just the fourth wide receiver all-time to have won it. Next Monday, he and the Tide have a chance to win a National Championship to go along with this award.