Ohio State may need to rethink their plan for defending Alabama’s DeVonta Smith because they keep leaving the Heisman Trophy-winner wide open.
DeVonta Smith just won the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding player in college football.
Ohio State should think about covering him. Thus far in the National Championship Game, the Buckeyes have declined.
That bold strategy, obviously, isn’t working.
Ohio State with the bold strategy of just not covering the Heisman winner tonight pic.twitter.com/F7M946V7gE
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) January 12, 2021
Smith already had more than 100 yards in the title game with only a few minutes gone in the second quarter.
It could be a long game for the Ohio State secondary
He’s been the best player in college football all season. He’s burned teams with his speed over the top, so at least Ohio State can take heart that he hasn’t beaten them that way yet. But he’s done it in every other manner.
Ohio State should try putting all 11 defenders on DeVonta Smith
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) January 12, 2021
If you’re trying to stay in the game with an offense like Alabama’s, keeping a lid on the best player on the field should be the first order of business. Leaving him with yards of space and no defender near him is not ideal.
This isn’t rocket science.
Then again, teams have a tough time stopping Smith even when he is covered.
Devonta Smith is nasty. Can’t wait to see him on Sunday’s.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 12, 2021
Ohio State is just the latest victim.