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Ohio State honors Dwayne Haskins at spring football game

Haskins rose to fame during his memorable run as the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback in 2018. The second set single-season school records in passing yards (4,831), passing touchdowns (50), completion percentage (70.0), completions (373), passing yards per game (345.1), total offense (4,939), and total touchdowns (54). Haskins led the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record in 2018, earning a Big Ten Conference championship and a Rose Bowl victory. Haskins was named MVP of both games.

Haskins’ legacy at Ohio State has set a new QB standard for the prestigious university. After Haskins, Justin Fields achieved that standard in his two seasons at Ohio State and became a first-round pick by the Chicago Bears. Continuing that QB excellence is currently QB CJ Stroud, who wore Haskins’ No. 7 jersey for the duration of Saturday’s scrimmage.

“He’s an inspiration, he always has been,” Stroud said in a post-match press conference. “Dwayne was a great human being, first and foremost, and he definitely left a legacy here. He changed the culture of quarterbacks here, throwing 50 touchdowns, and that’s definitely what intrigued me about coming here. .”

Finishing third in Heisman Trophy voting and a semi-finalist for the Maxwell Award, Haskins decided to give up his final years of eligibility at Ohio State after his brilliant sophomore season.

Haskins became a first-round selection (No. 15 overall) in Washington’s 2019 NFL Draft. After starting seven games down the stretch of his rookie season, Haskins was named the Week 1 starter in 2020 following packed QB competition in training camp. After posting a 1-3 record for four weeks, Haskins’ mid-season bench preceded a tumultuous season that ended with his release from the club.

The Steelers offered Haskins a fresh start ahead of the 2021 season and that’s where he got a backup role. Although he didn’t see any snaps in his first season with Pittsburgh, Haskins was introduced by the club ahead of the 2022 season and was scheduled to compete in another QB competition before his tragic death.

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