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DeVonta Smith sets Eagles’ single-season record for catches for a receiver

Eagles' wide receiver DeVonta Smith (#6) runs with the ball after a catch against the New York Giants in Sunday's matchup.
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Alabama football fans knew the potential DeVonta Smith had to be legendary before his catch on 2nd and 26.

Since his collegiate career, everybody is on the wave of Smith’s greatness. As a second-year pro, he recorded his first 1,000-yard campaign as a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith assisted quarterback Jalen Hurts in pushing Philadelphia to a 14-3 record, giving it a division title, the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, a first-round bye, and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

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The 6-foot, 170-pounder finished ninth among receivers in the National Football League for yards (1,196) and had seven touchdowns. Smith totaled 95 receptions, setting an Eagles’ single-season record for catches by a receiver.

He is second all-time to tight end Zach Ertz (116 catches, 2018) in this category. Smith totaled five 100-yard performances this season for the Eagles. He came to the University of Alabama from Louisiana as a four-star in 2017. Smith earned two College Football Playoff National Championships (2017 and 2020), two Southeastern Conference Championships (2018 and 2020), a Heisman Memorial Trophy (2020), Unanimous All-American honors (2020), first-team All-SEC honors (2019 and 2020), Maxwell Award (2020), Walter Camp honors (2020), and SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors (2020).

He looks to propel the Eagles on a run to the Super Bowl.

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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. 

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