Bama Receiver Devonta Smith Not Worried About Accolades or Heisman Hype


Alabama receiver Devonta Smith leads the nation with over 1,300 yards receiving, and then he added to his resume with an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown last Saturday against Arkansas. Smith is now a legitimate Heisman candidate, and a big showing in the SEC Championship game Saturday against Florida might cement the coveted trophy, although Smith is trying to downplay his skills.

Reporter:”This is probably a question that every player hates to get asked. But do you feel like you’re the best receiver. Maybe even the best player in the country?”
Said Smith:”Uh. I just go out and do my job.”
Reporter:”For opposing defensive backs who have to cover Devonta in games. What would be your advice? Prayer? (chuckles) What would be your advice to guys who have that responsibility?
Said Bama defensive back Patrick Surtain:”My advice would be. Be locked in. Stay focused.”
Reporter:”Do you think he’s the best receiver in the country?”
Said Surtain:”Oh yeah. Most definitely. I mean there’s no lies in that.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at