BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - When you have three of the top five Heisman candidates, Alabama knows it’s got something special on offense, and it all goes back to the 2017 recruiting class with quarterback Mac Jones, wide receiver DeVonta Smith, running back Najee Harris, offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood, and the list keeps going.
Before these back-then freshman arrived on campus, they already knew of each other from football camps. As soon as they reunited in Tuscaloosa, they created something special and that’s one of the main reasons several of them decided to stay for their senior year.
“We’re the greatest of all time if you ask me. I mean we just had a lot of talent, but besides all of us having a lot of talent, we’re hard workers,” said offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood.
“I definitely set goals to become a better player and try and help the team. I work really hard and obviously a lot of guys in my recruiting class did the same so I think it’s really showing, but at the same time we have a lot left to write in our story,” said quarterback Mac Jones.
Heisman Trophy finalists Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith have been selected to The Associated Press All-America team, leading a contingent of five Alabama players on the first-team offense.
Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris, tackle Alex Leatherwood and center Landon Dickerson are also first-team selections. No. 1 Alabama is the first team since 1980, when the AP All-America team began featuring two wide receivers and two running backs, to place a quarterback, running back and receiver on the first team.
Cornerback Patrick Surtain II gives the Crimson Tide six first-team selections, the most in the nation.