After one of the best seasons for a quarterback in college football history, Dwayne Haskins is leaving Ohio State and will focus his attention on the NFL Draft.
Haskins’ decision came on Monday afternoon, nearly a week after the Buckeyes defeated Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. The Ohio State quarterback made his announcement on Twitter.
“After many thoughts and prayers with family and close friends, I have decided to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft,” Haskins wrote. “To my coaches, teammates and friends that I’ve made at this prestigious university, THANK YOU! To Buckeye Nation, what an unbelievable experience. I love this university and will support it for the rest of my life.”
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) January 7, 2019
Haskins led the nation in passing yards (4,831) and touchdown passes (50) while maintaining a 70 percent completion rate. He rewrote the Ohio State and B1G record books in 2018 and will easily be one of the top quarterbacks selected in the NFL Draft.
After an incredible season, Haskins was one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy. He finished third in voting, behind Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Haskins was an All-B1G selection and was named the conference’s Quarterback and Offensive Player of the Year.
Haskins’ departure opens up a battle for the starting job heading into 2019. That competition will likely be between Tate Martell and former 5-star quarterback and Georgia transfer Justin Fields, assuming the latter receives clearance from the NCAA to participate in 2019.