Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith caused Twitter to crash during his dominant first half against the rival LSU Tigers.
Last Sunday, football fans marveled at the dominating first quarter that Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill had against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After watching that, there’s no way we could see a similar performance on short notice. As it turns out, it took less than a week for that to happen.
On Saturday, Alabama Crimson Tide senior wideout DeVonta Smith roasted and toasted the secondary of the LSU Tigers throughout the first half, as he caught seven passes from quarterback Mac Jones for 219 yards and three touchdowns. Just like when Hill embarrassed the Buccaneers’ defensive backfield, Twitter erupted while watching Smith make easy work of his rival.
Smith close to history
That sound you hear is Smith’s stock rising in the Heisman Trophy race and the 2021 NFL Draft. Seriously, all of the wide receiver needy teams in the NFL are going to be setting up Zoom interviews in the coming months. Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens, we’re looking your way.
Entering the huge rivalry game in Death Valley, Smith had already logged 72 receptions for 1,074 yards and 12 touchdowns. No doubt the Crimson Tide were motivated after they fell to the Tigers last season, where quarterback Joe Burrow had arguably the most historic season of any signal caller in college football. It appears Smith took that as a challenge, and opted to have one of the better seasons for a receiver in the sport’s history.
Granted, this isn’t the same LSU team from a season ago, as their best players either got drafted, declared for the upcoming NFL Draft or opted out of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Out of all three of Smith’s touchdowns, his score to end the half was the most impressive. With less than a minute remaining, Jones lobbed pass in the end zone to Smith, who leaped over LSU star cornerback Derrick Stingley Jr. and secured it with a one-handed grab, a la former Tigers wideout Odell Beckham Jr. That extended Alabama’s already insurmountable lead to 45-14.
Alabama has seen the likes of Amari Cooper, Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley dominate as receivers in Tuscaloosa. Smith is inching ever so close to becoming the greatest in the school’s history. And performances like this prove just that.