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Alabama WR DeVonta Smith earns first SEC Weekly honor

Devonta Smith catches a touchdown pass against ole miss
Brian Pride - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

National media is now talking about the talent that is DeVonta Smith. 

His incredible performance for Alabama versus Mississippi at receiver not only landed him National Player of the Week honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, but it has also gained him attention from the Southeastern Conference too.

On Monday morning, the league’s front office announced the junior from Louisiana as its Offensive Player of the Week. 

This is a first for Smith as a third-year veteran in the conference. 

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The combination of he and his quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, paced the Crimson Tide’s attack offensively in a 59-31 win over the Rebels.

Listed at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, Smith totaled 11 receptions (12 targets) for a school-record 274 yards and five touchdowns (school record). 

Eight of his catches resulted in either first downs or scores for the Tide, while all his touchdowns came on plays of 20-plus yards. He became the sixth player in SEC history to score at least two touchdowns and go over 200 yards receiving in the same game.

Smith averaged 24.9 yards per reception and provided Tagovailoa with a passer rating 420.97 when the junior targeted him. 

He now leads Alabama in receiving yards (537) and scores (eight) after five games. 

Smith and the Tide are off this week; however, the team will fine-tune some things and be prepared for a showdown at Kyle Field against Texas A&M on Saturday, Oct. 12. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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