Dwayne Haskins is headed to New York City this weekend as the redshirt sophomore quarterback of the Buckeyes was named a Heisman Trophy finalist on Monday night after his record-breaking season at Ohio State.
Haskins joins Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray as the three finalists for the award.
Haskins set new Ohio State and Big Ten records for passing yards and passing touchdowns this season with 4,580 passing yards and 47 passing touchdowns.
He became just the second quarterback in Ohio State history to throw for 400+ yards in a single game, but he didn’t just do it once. He did it FIVE TIMES.
Dwayne Haskins solidified himself as a Heisman finalist the last two weeks as he threw for 396 yards and six touchdowns against Michigan’s No. 1 defense in the country and then followed that up with a 499-yard, five-touchdown performance over Northwestern in Ohio State’s Big Ten Championship Game victory.
Haskins is the first Ohio State player to be named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy since former Buckeye QB Troy Smith won the award back in 2006.
One of Haskins’ main goals this season has been to win the Heisman Trophy, but he considers it an honor just to be nominated for the award.
“I feel like I did what I needed to do to give my case to win the Heisman,” Haskins said. “Broke Drew Brees’ (Big Ten) touchdown record, broke Curtis Painter’s (Big Ten) single-season passing record and did a lot of great things this year. It’s not my choice of who gets to win the Heisman, but either way, I just wanted to be considered for it. If I win, I win. If I don’t, getting ready for Washington. But just to be able to go to New York and show my kids one day that I was a finalist would mean the world to me.”
Ohio State has been quiet for most of the season about Haskins’ Heisman campaign, but after clinching the Big Ten title on Saturday night, the OSU social media team went to work politicking for the Buckeye QB to win the award.
Haskins said he is very appreciative to have the support of his team and his coaching staff in helping him get to NYC.
“It means everything to be able to have the support from the coaching staff and the players,” Haskins said. “For Coach to go up and be able to vouch for me the way he did just shows how much trust he has in me. Players have done a great job this year helping me out and helping me be elite. Just excited to be even considered for the award.”
If Dwayne were to win the award, it would be the cherry on top of what has already been a season of accolades for the first-year starter as Haskins has already won Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, the Silver Football Award and Big Ten Championship Game MVP.
The Heisman Trophy ceremony will be this Saturday, December 8th at the PlayStation Theatre in Times Square, NYC. The ceremony starts at 8:00pm ET and fans can watch it on ESPN.
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