Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith should take home the Heisman Trophy this season
The race for the Heisman Trophy this season has truly been up in the air all season. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields looked like the early leaders, but Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask have looked like better options in recent weeks.
Trask’s Florida squad taking an ugly loss to LSU seemingly knocked him out of the race, while Jones is still sitting there as a solid option and Lawrence is charging hard. That being said, none of these quarterbacks stand out as a slam dunk Heisman Trophy choice. Instead, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith should be looked at as the leading candidate.
Why DeVonta Smith is a worthy Heisman winner
Smith has been absolutely incredible for the Crimson Tide this season, dominating as a playmaker for the team on the outside and in the slot. Through 11 games, Smith has hauled in 98 receptions for 1,511 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has consistently been the focal point of their offensive attack and is the primary reason that Alabama has been seemingly impossible to stop when they have the ball.
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DeVonta Smith is not only a high-level 2021 NFL Draft prospect who is going to push for WR1 in the upcoming class. He is also the best player in college football and should be awarded the Heisman Trophy for being such.
The only major case against DeVonta Smith is positional value. A wide receiver has not won the Heisman Trophy since Desmond Howard won the award in 1991. On top of that, quarterbacks have won the award in each of the last four years and nine of the last 10 years.
We all know that quarterbacks are the most important players on the team and Heisman voters are treating them as such. I can understand this in most years where an obvious quarterback candidate stands out. That being said, there is no obvious candidate this season. All of these quarterbacks have flaws and Smith has consistently proven himself as the best player in college football.
This is a close race and Heisman voters could go a number of ways. However, DeVonta Smith is the best player on every field he has stepped on this season and undoubtedly deserves to take home this award.