Heisman victor DeVonta Smith leads Alabama to national title
Jan 15 2021
He won the Heisman Trophy this season and Smith was the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy since Desmond Howard in the 1990's.
"To me this is the ultimate team", Saban said.
Smith dominated the Ohio State secondary and made Mac Jones's life easy. I enter140 yards in receptions for Chase's mark in front of Ohio State, and added 215 in 12 receptions just in the first half.
Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle followed Smith to the sideline a few plays later, walking gingerly on his left leg. Waddle missed the previous seven games due to a broken right ankle but was cleared to return Monday for his first game action since October 24.
He helped give Alabama a 35-17 halftime lead, which was 45-24 after three quarters. He returned in the fourth quarter to watch from the sidelines.
"I think there's a feeling of, if you don't score you're going to get behind and then the pressure mounts", Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said of the Tide's prolific offense.
In watching Smith, Shade said he just does everything well. He's not a very big guy, but his play strength is significant. Center Landon Dickerson, who tore his ACL in the SEC championship game just over two weeks ago, got to snap the ball in the final seconds when the Crimson Tide took a knee.
Smith, who finished his freshman season by catching the 2017 national championship winning touchdown pass from Tua Tagovailoa, ended his Alabama career as the leading career receiver in Southeastern Conference history and the most outstanding offensive player of his third title game.
Smith's exit from college football in Monday's title game against Ohio State managed to somehow be more spectacular, more resplendent and yet still managed to leave us wanting more.
Alabama Crimson Tide WR DeVonta Smith runs ahead of Ohio State's Josh Proctor during a College Football Playoff title game on January 11.
DeVonta ended the 2018 season with 693 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns.
Smith's performance also offers a reminder of the paradigm shift that we're undergoing in college football. "When you put your mind to something, believe in your teammates and coaches, you can get things done".