It's been 61 years since a player from Louisiana won the Heisman Trophy, college football's most coveted individual award. But the odds are on Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith
of Amite (La.)
to land the 2020 award, which will be announced Tuesday evening.
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones
of Bolles (Jacksonville, Fla.)
, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence
of Cartersville (Ga.)
and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask
of Manvel (Texas)
are the other finalists.
The last Louisiana high school product to win the award was Billy Cannon in 1959. A halfback, fullback and tight end, Cannon attended Istrouma (Baton Rouge)
before starring at LSU and the NFL.
Another LSU graduate won the Heisman last year, quarterback Joe Burrow, but he's a native of Ohio who starred at Athens (The Plains)
Smith was ranked the No. 62 overall recruit in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports
and the No. 9 receiver. He led Amite (12-3) to the state finals his senior season but lost to Lutcher 40-36. Smith did his part with 111 receiving yards and a 93-yard kickoff return for touchdown.
Of the previous 20 Heisman winners, four have come from Texas and three each from Florida and California. Lawrence would be the second native Georgian to win it, joining Cam Newton (2010).
Heisman Trophy winners since 2000
Year – Player, High School, College
2019 – Joe Burrow
, Athens (The Plains, Ohio)