Six records new Eagles WR DeVonta Smith broke in Alabama
Former Alabama WR DeVonta Smith had one of the most productive careers in college football history. On his way to securing the Heisman Trophy last season, Smith set new records across Alabama as well as the SEC:
Career Receptions/Receiving Yards/Touchdowns
Smith holds the Alabama record for career receiving yards with 3,965, breaking Amari Cooper’s prior record of 3,463. He also holds the SEC career receiving record, surpassing Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews who had 3,759 receiving yards from 2010-2013.
Smith caught 46 touchdown passes over his career, decimating the prior Alabama/SEC record of 31 TDs held by Amari Cooper. He also surpassed Cooper’s 228 career receptions, setting a new Alabama record of 235 catches last season.
Single-season Receiving Yards/Touchdowns
DeVonta Smith set the SEC single-season receiving record last year with 1,856 yards receiving yards, breaking Ja’Marr Chase’s record of 1,780 yards set in 2019. Chase was selected No. 5 overall in this season’s draft by the Bengals.
If you haven’t gotten the idea by now, DeVonta Smith broke the record for TDs in a single season as well. Smith caught 23 touchdowns for Alabama last year, breaking the SEC record of 20 TDs set by Ja’Marr Chase in 2019.
Single-game Receptions/Receiving Yards/Touchdowns
Smith broke the Alabama single-game record for receptions (15), receiving yards (274), and touchdowns (5) last season. Amari Cooper (224) & Julio Jones (221) held the previous records for single-game receiving yards.
Multiple Games with 4+ Receiving TDs
Last season DeVonta Smith became the first player in SEC history to record multiple games with 4+ receiving TDs. The first game was in 2019, catching 11 passes for 274 yards and 5 TDs against Ole Miss. The other game was last year v. Mississippi State where he caught the ball 11 times for 203 yards and 4 TDs.
Associated Press Player of the Year
DeVonta Smith’s record-setting campaign last year earned him AP Player of the Year honors, making him the first wide receiver to ever win the award.
National Championship Game
Prior to last season, Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow held the record for most receptions in a National Championship Game with 10 back in 2017. Smith broke that record in just one half with 12 catches.
DeVonta also broke the championship record for most receiving yards in a half with 215, previously held by OJ Howard with 183 in 2016. What about touchdowns? Smith holds that record as well, catching 3 TD passes in last year’s title game.
Added Bonus: PFF’s Top-Graded
For those that put stock into PFF’s rankings, DeVonta Smith was graded at 93.7, making him the highest-graded SEC WR in PFF history. (Amari Cooper, 92.8).
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