DeVonta Smith was still stoic and had a new introduction ahead of the CFP press conference on Wednesday morning.
Now and for the rest of his life, the Heisman Trophy winner will precede his first and last name in such ceremonial moments. After an emotional response to win his Tuesday nightSmith kept his poker face and diverted all questions the morning after in the previously scheduled media session to get a preview of Monday’s national title game.
He said the whole experience was great, “but now that is in the past and now it’s on to Ohio State.”
And unlike a traditional Heisman victory that was accompanied by a long night in Manhattan, Smith said he went home after his historic night and “fell asleep right away.”
His teammates in Alabama were perhaps a little more excited about the whole thing.
Quarterback Mac Jones, who finished third, said Smith was “a little shocked” when his name was mentioned during the ceremony.
“It’s like a video game, man,” said Jones. “You’re up there and watch your teammate win the Heisman Trophy. You think this is just one of the coolest things you can do. It’s a chance to be with him, especially in the crazy year this happened. It was already like that and I can only be the first to congratulate him. “
Jones was impressed with the reaction from family friends who watched television in Amite, Louisiana. The quarterback remarked, “The whole town was really there” and watched the show with Smith’s parents.
Jones was sitting next to Smith at that moment while his fellow receiver John Metchie watched ESPN from his home. His degree of surprise was a little less.
“I said a long time ago that Smitty was the best college football player this year,” said Metchie. “It was great to see him definitely win. I am very proud of him. “
Tight End Miller Forristall was in a unique position during the ceremony as a current or former teammate of three of the four finalists. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence was a high school teammate of his in Cartersville, Georgia.
Forristall said he described Smith as a fighter “in the ultimate sense”. He kept fighting through everything that got in his way and is a great teammate.
“That’s how I described him to my high school coach the other day,” said Forristall. “He asked me about DeVonta Smith. He wanted to know – it’s the same high school coach as Trevor Lawrence. He’s leaving man, I want to go with Trevor, but tell me about this DeVonta Smith. I said he’s a great teammate and I notice that not only as an incredibly talented and great player, but also as a great teammate. “
Smith can also have a mean poker face.
He diverted all questions about the honor from the moment his Heisman inventory began its upward trend.
Don’t let that look fool you, the Heisman got him more excited than he might be leading.
“Yes, of course he is,” said offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood. “He’s very excited about it. He is grateful. But one thing about Smitty: he’s a great player, but he’s an even better teammate and person. “
Jones smiled as he looked back on his time with his decorated teammate.
They were both part of the announced 2017 recruiting class, although neither was among the headliners. The two return to high school when they first developed the chemistry that made both of them legends in this unusual 2020 college football season.
Jones smiled and looked back at how far they had come to reach the stage as co-Heisman finalists.
“I think of camps and things like that,” said Jones. “Me and Smitty were the two thinnest guys out there who threw the ball at each other, so it has only just started there. But he worked really hard and deserves everything that got in his way. “
Part of it is a new title like Mr. or Coach. Starting Tuesday night, Smith will be the “Heisman Trophy Winner …” and his teammates love it.