DeVonta Smith, Alabama clean up at awards’ show
Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith won two more major awards and four of his Crimson Tide teammates earned one apiece on Thursday at the virtually held 30th annual The Home Depot College Football Awards.
Smith, who won the Heisman Trophy on Tuesday, became the first receiver to win the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top player since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991. He also won the Fred Biletnikoff Award (outstanding receiver) in his latest haul.
Asked where he will display the new hardware, Smith said “I’ll leave that up to my mom.”
Smith has 105 receptions for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns entering Monday’s College Football Playoff game against Ohio State. He has 22 touchdowns overall.
Alabama’s Mac Jones won the Davey O’Brien Award (best quarterback), Najee Harris was named winner of the Doak Walker Award (premier running back), offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood won the Outland Trophy (most outstanding interior lineman) and Landon Dickerson won the Rimington Trophy (outstanding center).
Jones’ 4,036 passing yards is an Alabama season record and he has also thrown 36 touchdowns against four interceptions. Harris has rushed for 1,387 yards and a national-high 24 touchdowns on the ground and 27 overall.
“It’s definitely an honor to win this award and be up there with the greats of college football,” Jones said on the show televised by ESPN.
Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins won the Chuck Bednarik Award to give him a sweep of the national Defensive Player of the Year awards. Collins won the Lombardi Trophy last month.
Collins registered 53 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles in eight games for the Golden Hurricane. He returned two picks for touchdowns.
Florida’s Kyle Pitts won the John Mackey Award (outstanding tight end), TCU safety Trevon Moehrig received the Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back) and Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell won the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.
Miami’s Jose Borregales won the Lou Groza Award (outstanding place kicker) after making 20 of 22 field-goal attempts this year, a 90.9 percent accuracy rate that was tied for the best in the nation among kickers with at least 20 attempts.
Pressley Harvin III of Georgia Tech won the Ray Guy Award (top punter).
AWARDS ANNOUNCED THURSDAY
Maxwell Award Winner — DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Davey O’Brien Award — Mac Jones, Alabama
Outland Trophy — Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
Chuck Bednarik Award — Zaven Collins, Tulsa
Doak Walker Award — Najee Harris, Alabama
Fred Biletnikoff Award — DeVonta Smith, Alabama
John Mackey Award — Kyle Pitts, Florida
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award — Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina
Jim Thorpe Award — Trevon Moehrig, TCU
Lou Groza Award — Jose Borregales, Miami
Ray Guy Award — Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech
Rimington Trophy — Landon Dickerson, Alabama
–Field Level Media