University of Alabama player DeVonta Smith won the Heisman Trophy on Tuesday, becoming the first receiver to do so in nearly three decades.
Smith, who will play with Alabama for the National Championship against Ohio State on Monday night, has 105 receptions for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns so far this season. He is averaging 15.6 yards per catch.
The last wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy was Michgan’s Desmond Howard in 1991.
Smith received the Heisman Trophy in a COVID-19-protected ceremony at the University of Alabama’s campus in Birmingham, Ala. The ceremony was televised on ESPN.
The absolute best moment of the night, though, has to go to the smile Smith gives off when he finally hoists the Heisman Trophy.
DeVonta Smith Tells Young Kids To ‘Just Keep Pushing’
DeVonta Smith offered some encouraging words for those kids looking up at him and others.
“I just want to tell the young kids out there that it’s not the biggest, not the strongest; just keep pushing,” Smith said. “Because I’m not the biggest, I’ve been left out of the line because of my size. Really, it just comes down to put your mind to it and you can do it. No job is too big.
“If you put your mind to it, you can do it. Keep believing in God and you will get where you want to be,” he said.
DeVonta Smith received 447 first-place votes (1,856 total points). Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (222 first-place votes, 1,187 points) finished second, followed by Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (138, 1,130) and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (61,737).
“I congratulate all of the finalists,” Smith said. “Just to be in this situation with you guys, y’all are great athletes and just to be a part of something like this is truly a blessing.”
Take a look at Smith picking up the Heisman Trophy after his speech.
DeVonta Smith Offers Thanks To Others For His Success
Smith spent some time in his less-than-two-minute acceptance speech honoring those who helped him.
“I want to thank my family, my mom, my dad, just everything that y’all taught me helped to mold me into the young man I am today,” Smith said.
“I want to thank my mentor, Vincent Sanders,” he said. “Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today in this room. The rides to taking me places that I want to visit, just to doing things and helping me get to where I am.”
Smith also thanked Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban “for giving me the opportunity to come play at the University of Alabama.”
He also paid kudos to his receivers coach, Holmon Wiggins, “Just for helping me day in, day out, watching film, and for making me a better player.”