Dwayne Haskins embracing leadership role for Ohio State as 2018 season approaches
The Ohio State Buckeyes lost a lot of leadership when former QB J.T. Barrett graduated this offseason.
Now, the quarterback position belongs to Dwayne Haskins, and he’s excited to use what he learned from Barrett to become a leader for the Buckeyes this fall.
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Speaking with reporters this week, he said it’s been different being a team leader, but he’s embracing the challenges (via 247Sports):
“Definitely it’s different,” Haskins told reporters Thursday after volunteering at the Special Skills Football Invitational at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “Now that J.T.’s not here, I’ve got to take on a leadership role. I’ve been doing a great job as far as since day one, since J.T. has been gone, to just embrace that. Be a good leader, be a good teammate and most importantly, be a friend for everybody. So I’m here if anyone needs me, and I’m always here to work. First one to be on the field, last one to leave.”
The Buckeyes need Haskins to be a star this year, as they have legitimate College Football Playoff aspirations.
Haskins completed 40 passes for 565 yards and four touchdowns while appearing in eight games last season as Barrett’s backup.