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Dwayne Haskins Leaving Ohio State For NFL Draft

Ohio State football quarterback Dwayne Haskins Record

He only started at Ohio State for one season, and now Dwayne Haskins is headed for the NFL.

The redshirt sophomore quarterback announced that he will pass up the final two years of his college career and turn pro.

Haskins received a first-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, and is widely considered a possible top-10 pick.

He famously dreamed of playing quarterback at Ohio State when he was just a little kid visiting the school for a football camp.

Haskins saw that dream come true, and made the most of his only year as the Buckeyes’ starter.

He now holds every significant single-season school passing record, including for completions, attempts, yards, and touchdowns.

He even holds career records for completion percentage, and most 300-yard and 400-yard passing games.

Haskins is also the Big Ten single-season record-holder for passing yards, passing touchdowns, and total offense.

He finished the 2018 season with 373 completions on 533 attempts for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns. Haskins threw just eight interceptions all season.

He broke the OSU single-season passing record by more than 1,500 yards, and the single-season touchdown mark by 15.

After redshirting during his freshman season in 2016, he served as a backup to J.T. Barrett for most of the 2017 season.

Haskins first stepped into the spotlight in Ann Arbor that fall after Barrett went down with a knee injury. The Buckeyes trailed arch-rival Michigan in the third quarter, and their Big Ten championship hopes were on the line.

Haskins entered the game, and led the team on what would end up being the game-winning scoring drive.

He connected with wide receiver Austin Mack to convert a 3rd-and-13 play, and then scrambled 22 yards down to the Michigan 1 to set up the go-ahead score.

Haskins spent the spring of 2018 in a battle with Joe Burrow and Tate Martell for the starting job. Haskins won out, and Burrow transferred to LSU.

That set up one of the single greatest individual seasons in Ohio State football history.

He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, but won the Silver Football as the Big Ten’s most outstanding player.

With Haskins gone, the Buckeyes now have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster: Martell, Matthew Baldwin, and Chris Chugunov.

10 Responses

  1. Lookit all the armchair QB coaches and their smug hindsight! SMH
    J.T. Barrett was a great college QB. No one has ever done what Dwayne Haskins did this year, either at The Ohio State University OR ANYWHERE in the Big Ten!
    Next year’s OL isn’t going to be as cohesive at the beginning of the year so what we saw this year is probably the best offense for a single season that any of us will ever see. I don’t get why some “fans” want to crap on the guy before Haskins. The coaches and Haskins himself has said he wasn’t ready last year but you guys think you know more than fellas who make more in a year than you will in 20?
    Good skill to Dwayne Haskins in the No Fun League and the rest of his life. He gave us a season for the Ages.

  2. This was a great year. But isn’t that the way it goes. We get probably the best offensive year ever from the quarterback, and the defence gives up 10 points game more than the year before. You can only imagine what would have happened with an average tOSU defence. It’s sad we didn’t see more of him, but that’s college sports. He didn’t win a national Championship. Neither did J.T. Barret. Cardale Jones remains the last guy to get it done. Another guy I would have liked to see more of. J.T kept a lot of guys on the bench for a guy who never got it done.

  3. Good luck Dwane and thanks for making Ohio State a name that can be associated with great pro style QBs. I hope you do well in your career and in your life. Whichever NFL takes you will become my immediate team to watch in the NFL. Cheers big fellow!

  4. I was so surprised you could have knocked me over with a sledgehammer. Haskins took advantage of Joe Burrows injury much in the same way Tom Brady took advantage when Bledsoe was injured. It will be interesting to see how the (so called) quarterback competition at Ohio State will play out this spring.

  5. As with many of the OSU stars who opt to close out their collegiate careers a year or two before their eligibility is exhausted, I would have liked seeing Haskins on the field at least one more year. But with the relatively small field of talented quarterbacks available for this year’s draft, his decision to leave for “the next level” makes good business sense. The rah-rah of college will be behind Haskins, however, and with the big money will come even greater responsibility and pressure. I just hope he’s selected by a team with a good program that can properly groom him, and that he doesn’t have to be thrown to the wolves too soon.
    Best of luck in the NFL, Dwayne Haskins. Thanks for the year-plus of great Buckeye memories and victories!

  6. Its a shame this kid was not given a shot at more playing time in 2017… particularly games like Iowa and the B1G Title Game come to mind.

    You don’t keep a talent like this on the bench and get just one year of full play out of him.

    1. True, but it’s hard to argue against JTB and all of his stats. Plus OSU’s O was NOT designed for him in 2017.

    2. You can’t say just because he broke all kinds of records this year that he should have been the starter over J.T. Barrett last year. Dwayne was actually third in line behind Joe Burrow. If Burrow had not hurt his hand, he would have stepped in during the MI game in 2017.

    3. Chris – I totally agree. I’m not sure what Kurt and Don are smoking. It would have been so easy to bench JT for the Wisky game “due to injury”, and we probably would have won 59-0 again, and then we would have been selected for the 4th playoff spot.

  7. Big money…why chance college injury…Big hearted…let the transfers play…

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