Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith finished one of the most productive seasons by a college receiver as the Southeastern Conference’s all-time leader in yards and with his name prominent in the College Football Playoff record book.
Smith’s 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns against Ohio State, all in the first half Monday night, increased his career totals to 235 receptions for 3,759 yards. He passed Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews (2010-13) as the SEC’s career leader in receiving yards.
Smith, who left in the third quarter with a right hand injury and didn’t return, ended the season with 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns.
He had the most catches since 2016, most receiving yards since 2011 and most receiving touchdowns since 2013. He’s No. 6 on the all-time chart for season yards receiving and No. 5 for touchdowns receiving.
Smith set three CFP records. His 12 catches were most in the championship game since the playoff began in the 2014 season, his total of 345 yards receiving against Notre Dame and Ohio State were a two-game record, and his 215 yards Monday were a record for yards receiving in a half.
Smith’s average of 142.8 yards over 13 games ranked second behind Mississippi’s Elijah Moore, who opted out of the Rebels’ last regular-season game and bowl and finished with an eight-game average of 149.1 yards.
Iowa State’s Breece Hall led the nation in total yards rushing and Buffalo’s Jaret Patterson had the highest average.
Hall finished with 1,572 yards in 12 games, going over 100 nine times. He edged out UTSA’s Sincere McCormick, who had 1,467 yards in 11 games.
Patterson’s average of 178.7 yards per game was highest by a wide margin. His two-week total of 710 yards against Bowling Green and Kent State accounted for two-thirds of his 1,072 yards in six games.
Mac Jones of Alabama was first with 4,500 yards passing in 13 games with 41 touchdowns and four interceptions.