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Alabama WR DeVonta Smith wins 2020 Heisman Memorial Trophy

Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith (6) is the first wideout to win the Heisman since Michigan's Desmond Howard in 1991. Photo by Ian Halperin/UPI
Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith (6) is the first wideout to win the Heisman since Michigan's Desmond Howard in 1991. Photo by Ian Halperin/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Alabama Crimson Tide star wide receiver DeVonta Smith was awarded the 2020 Heisman Memorial Trophy during a virtual ceremony Tuesday night.

Smith beat out Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask for college football's most prestigious award.

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Smith received 447 first-place votes (1,856 points), while Lawrence ended with 222 first-place votes (1,187 points) to finish second. Jones finished third (138, 1,130) and Trask fourth (61, 737).

The 22-year-old Smith becomes the third player from Alabama to claim the trophy, joining running backs Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015). He also is the first receiver to win the Heisman since Michigan's Desmond Howard in 1991.

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"To all the young kids out there that are not the biggest, not the strongest, just keep pushing," Smith said during his acceptance speech. "Because I'm not the biggest. I've been doubted a lot because of my size. And really, it just comes down to you put your mind to it, you can do it. No job is too big."

Smith, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, leads the Football Bowl Subdivision in receptions (105), receiving yards (1,641) and receiving touchdowns (20) this season. He has dropped only two passes in 2020.

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The Heisman Trophy presentation came six days before Smith plays for his second national championship. The Crimson Tide will play the Ohio State Buckeyes on Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

During his freshman season in 2017, Smith caught the game-winning touchdown from former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to beat Georgia and give the Crimson Tide its most recent national title.

Since then, Smith has climbed in Alabama's record books, becoming the school's all-time leading receiver during its SEC championship victory over Florida last month. The senior wideout needs only 10 more receiving yards to surpass Jordan Matthews (3,759) as the conference's all-time leader in yards.

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Earlier this season, Smith broke ex-Alabama receiver Amari Cooper's school record of 16 touchdowns. Smith's 43 career receiving scores have already eclipsed the previous SEC record of 31.

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