Devonta Smith: A Generational Talent


Ellis Pajcic '22, Staff Writer

This was a year full of uncertainty and worry for many Americans, due to Covid-19. Thanks to this virus, many wondered if college football would happen this year. Personally I didn’t think it would, but I stood corrected. We were fortunate enough to make it through the whole college football season and to have a National Championship Game. 

Shortly before the National Championship Game occured, the Heisman finalists were announced, which were Trevor Lawrence, Mac Jones, Devonta Smith and Kyle Trask. For the first time since since 1991, a wide receiver won the Heisman. Alabama’s Devonta Smith. Smith finished the season with 117 receptions, 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns, leaders in all three statistics.

 Up next for him was to help win a national title for ‘Bama versus Ohio State. Come game time, Smith was ready to go. It was the moment of truth. Could he pull off winning a Heisman and help his team win the championship?  It was time for kickoff. The first quarter went by and the score was all tied up. After the first quarter, Smith decided to turn up. Alabama was up 35-17 over the Ohio State Buckeyes. However, there was a problem. Smith had injured his finger. 

Although this was a huge blow to their gameplan, Smith had already done his part in one half by contributing 12 receptions for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns. All in one half. He was on his way to a historic night despite already having a never seen before half. Despite Smith only playing one half, Alabama pulled out the win in the end, 52-24. Smith had had the perfect ending to an already perfect season. He was the talk of the country.

Image courtesy of Carol Highsmith.