NEW YORK (WAFB) - Alabama’s DeVonta Smith, a native of Amite, La., has been named the Associated Press Player of the Year, becoming the first wide receiver ever to win the award.
Smith leads the nation in receptions (98), receiving yards (1,511), and yards after the catch (768). He ranks No. 2 in the nation in receiving touchdowns (17) and receiving yards per game (137.4).
He is the all-time SEC leader in receiving touchdowns. He holds the Alabama record for career receiving yards (3,620) and single-season receiving touchdowns (17).
Smith led his Warriors to a Superdome appearance his senior year, was a Warrick Dunn finalist for Sportsline Player of the Year, and shocked the world when he scored the touchdown to win a national championship for the Crimson Tide.
Smith received 26 first-place votes and 114 points to finish comfortably ahead of his teammate and quarterback, Mac Jones, as he and Smith became the first teammates to finish Nos. 1 and 2 in the voting in 22 years.
Nick Saban called him one of the most selfless guys he’s ever coached in terms of whatever he can do to help the team and sets an example with how he goes about his work.
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