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College Football: Alabama Crimson Tide WR DeVonta Smith on Fighting Through COVID, Jaylen Waddle, Mac Jones, and Coach Sark

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College Football: Alabama Crimson Tide WR DeVonta Smith on Fighting Through COVID, Jaylen Waddle, Mac Jones, and Coach Sark

2021-01-12 18:53:51

 

-Posted by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith was the offensive player of the game in his team's National Championship win. (Image Source: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith talks to the media following the National Championship Game: 

Just wondering what happened with the hand injury. How did it happen? What was going on in the locker room when you were trying to get it fixed?

DEVONTA SMITH: Just dislocated my finger. Just tried to put it back in place.

Watching your teammate, Jaylen Waddle get back on that field tonight, talk about his toughness in wanting to be out there with you guys.

DEVONTA SMITH: Just shows the commitment, how much he love his team. Him just wanting to be out there, just doing what he can, give us everything he got. That was just the message, give us what you got, we'll take anything.

From a year ago to now, what is the biggest difference in Mac Jones that enabled him to have a performance like this on this stage?

DEVONTA SMITH: Just his commitment, his dedication to everything. Him just getting in the film room, getting prepared for moments like this.

I don't think nobody prepared as hard as him on this team just with everything that he's done.

Your last game with Sark. What kind of job did he do? Every defense is trying to focus in on you every game, yet you're still getting open, getting mismatches. What kind of job did he do helping that happen?

DEVONTA SMITH: He just called the game the way he's been calling all year. Just putting in the right position to make plays, just trusting in us. That comes with us coming to practice every day, getting in the film room, doing the things we need to do.

If you had to convince anybody to come back this year with the pandemic and everything? Also why was this the ultimate team? Nick Saban called this the ultimate team.

DEVONTA SMITH: No, I didn't pressure anybody to come back, just let everybody make their own decisions because you don't know what they're going through or what their family situations are like. I just kind of let everybody just do what they wanted to do. The guys that did came back, I'm glad they came back. The guys that left, I'm proud of them. I'm happy they made the decision that was best for them.

With everything this team has been through with the pandemic, everybody staying as one, coming closer as a family.

 

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