Courtesy of OhioStateBuckeyes.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dwayne Haskins is headed to New York City. Monday evening the sophomore quarterback was named a Heisman Trophy finalist by the Downtown Athletic Club. He will join Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray at the Heisman Trophy ceremony Saturday evening at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square, N.Y.
Haskins’ road to New York City was paved thanks to an arm that is rewriting both the Big Ten and Ohio State records books. He’s thrown for 4,580 yards and 47 touchdowns this season – both school and conference single-season records – while leading the Buckeyes to their second consecutive Big Ten title. In last Saturday’s championship game against No. 21 Northwestern, Haskins threw for a school-record 499 yards and five touchdowns on his way to being named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
A Potomac, Md. native and graduate of The Bullis School, Haskins is just the fifth Heisman Trophy finalist from Ohio State since 1982. The others were Keith Byers (1984), Eddie George (1995), Orlando Pace (1996) and Troy Smith (2006). Prior to 1982, only the Heisman Trophy winner was invited to New York City for the awards ceremony.
In his first year starting for the Scarlet and Gray, Haskins has won virtually every award there is to win. Most recently, he claimed the Silver Football Award from the Chicago Tribune as the Big Ten’s best player. That came two days after Haskins was named the Big Ten Conference’s Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and the league’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year.
Prior to this season, Ohio State had just one 400-yard passing game in its record books. Now, thanks to Haskins, it has six. Five times this year he’s eclipsed the 400-yard mark and nine times he’s thrown for 300 or more yards. He also set the Big Ten total offense record last Saturday (4,702), breaking the mark previously held by Michigan’s Denard Robinson. Six times this year he was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week, which established a new record for the most weekly honors.
This year’s Heisman Trophy presentation will be aired on ESPN at 8 p.m. on Dec. 8.