Alabama Crimson Tide WR DeVonta Smith Says Focus Is On Ohio State Buckeyes After Winning Heisman Trophy – Nevado El Diario

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian did their best to keep the attention off of their own career defining moments as they prepare for Monday’s showdown with Ohio State in the National College Football Playoff Championship. .

Smith decided not to revel Wednesday by becoming the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy since 1991. He said he went home after Tuesday’s virtual ceremony and “went straight to sleep.”

“Last night was a great feeling,” Smith said. “It was a blessing to be in that situation with [el mariscal de campo Mac Jones y el entrenador Nick Saban]. But now that’s the past, and now he’s at Ohio State. “

Smith, who led the nation in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, will likely face Ohio State All-America cornerback Shaun Wade in Monday’s championship game (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Smith called Wade a “crafty” player who is “a technician with everything he does.”

“I’m looking forward to my last game,” Smith said. “I’m only guaranteed the latter, so I’m looking forward to playing against him.”

Smith is Mel Kiper’s fourth-best prospect in the 2021 NFL draft and his No. 1 receiver in the rankings.

Sarkisian, who will become the Texas Longhorns’ next head coach after Monday’s title game, said “I’m clearly excited about the opportunity” that awaits him in Austin. However, he asked Wednesday that any questions pertain to his remaining obligations to Crimson Tide.

Sarkisian, who previously was head coach at Washington (2009-2013) and USC (2014-2015), has been Alabama’s offensive coordinator for the past two seasons.

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“The commitment I made to Coach Saban two years ago is the same commitment I made to these players, and that is centered around this game,” Sarkisian said. “Give this game the attention it deserves so that our players have the opportunity to go out there and play the best they can.”

Sarkisian said he is trying to keep this week as normal as possible.

“All the free time I have, I am struck by work in Texas, whether it’s hiring or recruiting, things of that nature,” he said.

Sarkisian said Alabama catcher and returns specialist Jaylen Waddle, who suffered an ankle injury against Tennessee in mid-October and hasn’t appeared in a game since, practiced Tuesday. Sarkisian would not provide updates beyond that.

“We’ll see where it goes from here,” Sarkisian said.

Before his injury, Waddle caught 25 passes and four touchdowns. As a returning specialist, he has averaged 19.3 yards on punt returns during his three seasons.

Smith said Waddle looked good in practice, but offered only a short answer when asked if he thinks his teammate could play.

“No comment,” Smith said.

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