Lawrence finishes as runner-up in the Heisman race #Clemson

The Heisman Trophy eluded the grasp of yet another great Clemson quarterback (Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports)

Clemson will go another football season without a Heisman Trophy winner. Just as Deshaun Watson had Lamar Jackson in the 2016 voting finishing second to the Louisville quarterback, Tiger quarterback Trevor Lawrence had Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith, whose spectacular individual season just could not be ignored by the votes. Thus, Smith received 447 first place voters and 1856 points to easily outdistance Lawrence who earned 222 first place votes and 1187 points. Alabama quarterback Mac Jones was third in the voting and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask was fourth.

Here’s the full release from the Heisman Trophy organization

Wide receiver DeVonta Smith from the University of Alabama was announced as the 86th winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy during ESPN’s 2020 Heisman Trophy Ceremony Presented by Nissan on Tuesday (Jan. 5) originating from Bristol, Ct.

The senior, who joined fellow finalists teammate Mac Jones, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Florida’s Kyle Trask, accepted the honor awarded to the most outstanding player in college football while on the Alabama campus following a practice.

“I congratulate all the finalists,” Smith said. “Just to be in this situation with you guys, y’all are great athletes, and just to be a part of something like this is truly a blessing. I want to thank my family, my mom, my dad, just everything that y’all taught me to mold me into the young man I am today. I want to thank my mentor, Vincent Sanders. Without you I wouldn’t be where I am today, just from the rise to taking me places that I want to visit, just to doing things and just helping me get to where I am.

“I want to thank Coach Saban for giving me the opportunity to come play at the University of Alabama. I thank Coach Wiggins, my receiver coach, just for helping me day in and day out, watching film, making me a better player. I thank my teammates. With team success comes individual success, so without y’all, I wouldn’t be where I am today, winning this award.”

Smith won with 1,856 points. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was second (1,187), Alabama quarterback Mac Jones was third (1,130) and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask was fourth (737).

Smith is Alabama’s third Heisman winner, joining running backs Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015).

He is the fourth wide receiver to win the Heisman and the first since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991. The only other wide receiver winners were Notre Dame’s Tim Brown (1987) and Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers (1972). The last player to win the Heisman while playing some receiver (though it wasn’t his primary position) was Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson (1997).

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Smith had an outstanding senior season, most recently helping lead No. 1 Alabama to the College Football Playoff championship game with a win over Notre Dame in the semifinals. He was named the 2020 SEC Offensive Player of the Year while leading Alabama to the SEC title and the top seed in the CFP.

In 11 games (including the SEC championship), Smith led the country with 98 receptions and 1,511 receiving yards – the most by any Heisman winner in either category, topping the previous record holder, Howard (950 receiving yards on 61 receptions in 1991).

Smith’s 17 TD catches – the second-most in a Heisman season behind Howard – and 137.4 receiving yards per game were both second-best nationally and his 8.9 receptions per game were tied for second best.

He posted four games with 11 or more receptions, including a career-best and SEC title-game record 15 against Florida, 13 at Mississippi and 11 each against Georgia and Mississippi State. He recorded seven games with over 100 yards receiving (all with at least 144 yards), including 231 yards on eight catches at LSU, 203 against the Bulldogs (which included a season-high four TDs) and 184 yards against the Gators.

Smith had six games with at least two TD receptions, three coming at LSU and two in the SEC title game. Smith also returned a punt for a TD for the first time in his career, going 84 yards at Arkansas in the regular-season finale.

In his first game after being named a finalist, Smith equaled his career-high with 15 receptions to go with 184 yards and two TDs in a Jan. 1 win over Notre Dame.

Smith is just the second No. 6 to win the award, joining Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (2017). He is also only the second Heisman winner born in Louisiana, joining Texas A&M’s John David Crow (1957).

Including fifth-place finisher RB Najee Harris, Alabama boasts three of the top five vote-getters for just the second time in Heisman history and the first since Army did it in 1946 (HB Glenn Davis first,  FB Doc Blanchard fourth, QB Arnie Tucker fifth).

The 2020 Heisman Trophy ballots went out to 927 electors, which includes 870 members of the media, our 56 living Heisman winners and one overall fan vote presented by Nissan, our premier partner. All ballots were submitted electronically to the independent accountants at Deloitte.

Rounding out the top 10 finishers in the 2020 Heisman voting were:

5. Najee Harris, Alabama

6. Breece Hall, Iowa State

7. Justin Fields, Ohio State

8. Zach Wilson, BYU

9. Ian Book, Notre Dame

10. Kyle Pitts, Florida

2 thoughts on “Lawrence finishes as runner-up in the Heisman race #Clemson”

  1. Nothing more than Clemson and ACC charity. If TL is Heisman contender, so am I. He did almost as well as some of the QB’s in college football, while playing in a sub-par conference. If I had minutes to stand back in the pocket and throw, then I could have the same numbers. Also, when he did play a good team, he was running for his life, and NOT making good decisions. That was true last year and this year. If he played in a real conference, then I could better support him, but not in the ACC

  2. They should change the Heisman to a career award. They already have the Maxwell for the same Most Outstanding Player criteria. A career award would adress snubs and keep ESPN hyped players from winning.

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