The Ohio State Buckeyes lost an irreplaceable member of their community when Dwayne Haskins tragically died last week. Before being drafted 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, he shined for the Buckeyes.
Haskins recorded 4,831 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns while completing 70.0 percent of his passes in his sophomore season at Ohio State. He led the team to a Rose Bowl victory and the Big Ten Conference Championship while placing third in voting for the Heisman Trophy. For his contributions on the field and his wonderful personality, he will always be remembered fondly.
Ohio State honored its fallen icon ahead of its spring scrimmage. The team held a group prayer after playing a tribute video for Haskins. His initials were also painted on the field and printed on helmet stickers.
Great tribute to #7 @dh_simba7 pic.twitter.com/WyX4Pf9xar
— J.Q. Elder (@JQE80) April 16, 2022
Buckets quarterback CJ Stroud wore Haskins’ jersey and pointed to his name after a touchdown. He said that his performance this season will be in Haskins’ honor.
After the first touchdown of the spring game CJ Stroud points to the back of his jersey: pic.twitter.com/jXj71OpOkE
— Adam King (@AdamKing10TV) April 16, 2022
Ohio State plans to honor Haskins in other ways throughout the season, according to head coach Ryan Day.
The 24-year-old Haskins joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in January after two seasons with the Washington Commanders, who drafted him out of Ohio State. The outpouring of love for him after his death was immense. He had a positive impact on every team he played for and is loved by the teammates he played alongside.
Ohio State has a highly anticipated season ahead after Stroud threw 44 touchdowns to just six interceptions in 2021.