The Ohio State football team honored former quarterback Dwayne Haskins at the spring game today. Haskins tragically died on April 9 after being struck by a dump truck while trying to cross I-595 in Florida. He was just 24 years old and only four years removed from a historic season at Ohio State in 2018.
Prior to the game, Ohio State held a moment of silence in honor of Haskins. Haskins had a phenomenal career at Ohio State, where he set the Big 10 Conference single season records for most passing yards and touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore in 2018. He threw 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns and only eight interceptions while leading the school to a conference title and Rose Bowl victory.
Ohio State pays a moment of silence in honor of Dwayne Haskins pic.twitter.com/TcJpxLUUiw
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After the first half, the team played a video on the scoreboard to show Haskins’ career highlights. The entire football team gathered at the 25-yard line to watch the tribute. During the game, the team had Haskins’ initials painted on the field. Current Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud also put on Haskins alternate jersey and threw a touchdown pass in his honor. The team wore his initials on their helmets as well.
Also at halftime, fifth-year senior wide receiver Kamryn Babb led the team in a prayer at midfield in honor of Haskins. Babb was a teammate of Haskins in 2018, but didn’t have a chance to play any meaningful football with the quarterback as Babb dealt with injuries.
Ohio State fifth-year senior WR Kamryn Babb leads the Buckeyes in a prayer after a tribute to Dwayne Haskins at halftime of the spring game. pic.twitter.com/igw0lTdlIC
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After his stellar career at Ohio State, Haskins was drafted by the Washington Redskins with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He only spent a year and a half with the Redskins though and was released midway through the 2020 season. He then joined the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent time as the third string quarterback in 2021. He was expected to compete for the starting quarterback position for the Steelers with Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph this preseason.