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Alabama's Smith becomes 1st WR to win Heisman in 29 years

DeVonta Smith broke the monopoly quarterbacks have had on college football’s most prestigious award by beating out three of them.
Credit: AP Photo/Roger Steinman
Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith advances the ball during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

NEW YORK — DeVonta Smith of Alabama is the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy in 29 seasons.

Smith broke the monopoly quarterbacks have had on college football’s most prestigious award by beating out three of them.

The Crimson Tide senior is the fourth receiver to win the Heisman, joining Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991, Notre Dame’s Tim Brown in 1987 and Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers in 1972.

Quarterbacks had won 17 of the previous 20 Heisman trophies, including the previous four. Smith is the third Alabama player to win the Heisman, all since 2009. 

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