Another first was recorded in 2020 just as the year is coming to a close.
Alabama’s DeVonta Smith was named the Player of the Year in college football by the Associated Press. It marks the first time a wide receiver has received that honor.
He picked up 114 points (26 first-place votes) in the tally, a good distance ahead of Mac Jones, his teammate with the Crimson Tide, who has been making sure passes came his direction this season. Jones received 67 points (nine first-place votes).
The dynamic pair of Smith and Jones finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the voting, followed by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask.
Here are the complete results:
DeVonta Smith, Alabama – 114 (26 first-place votes)
Mac Jones, Alabama – 67 (9)
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson – 49 (9)
Kyle Trask, Florida – 44 (3)
Kyle Pitts, Florida – 5
Travis Etienne, Clemson – 3 (1)
Javonte Williams, North Carolina – 3 (1)
Zach Wilson, BYU – 3
Najee Harris, Alabama – 2
Ian Book, Notre Dame – 2
Zaven Collins, Tulsa – 1
Breece Hall, Iowa State – 1