The JT Barrett era at Ohio State has officially come to an end. Barrett had an amazingly successful career in Columbus, amassing 9,434 passing yards and 104 touchdowns through the air for the scarlet and gray. Barrett was a true dual threat adding nearly 3,500 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns during his tenure as the Buckeyes starting quarterback. Along with all of Barrett’s individual stats, the Buckeyes went 38-6 during his tenure and won the College Football Playoff in 2014.
After so much success with Barrett, coach Urban Meyer is turning to redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins.
Dwayne Haskins grew up in New Jersey before moving to Maryland. He played high school football at Bullis School and compiled 5,308 yards and 54 touchdowns. Coming out of high school he was consistently ranked among the top five pro style quarterbacks in his class. Haskins also played in the Under Armour All-American game after high school.
After playing high school football in Maryland, Haskins originally committed to the University of Maryland. He was recruited by former Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, but after the hiring of new head coach DJ Durkin, Haskins flipped his commitment to Ohio State.
Haskins redshirted during his first season at Ohio State behind JT Barrett. Entering the 2017 campaign, Haskins emerged as the number two quarterback behind Barrett and saw action sparingly. Haskins’ best performance came against UNLV where he completed 15 of 23 passing attempts for 228 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Overall Haskins finished the 2017 season with 565 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Haskins performance in 2017 impressed Coach Meyer enough to give him the first opportunity at being the starting quarterback this season. After a strong spring game performance, Meyer recently said that Haskins will have the first chance to start during the 2018 season. This decision prompted fellow quarterback Joe Burrow to announce that he is transferring from Ohio State, firmly entrenching Haskins as the likely starter for the long term.
Since Urban Meyer’s time as the head coach at Utah in the early 2000’s, he has run a spread offense that heavily involves a quarterback that can use his legs as well as his arms. Throughout Meyer’s career most of his quarterbacks were very mobile. Players like Alex Smith, Tim Tebow and JT Barrett were all dual threat players and fit perfectly into Meyer’s offense. Haskins’ skill set is a departure from Meyer’s usual quarterback style.
As previously mentioned, Haskins was viewed as a pro style quarterback coming out of high school. While Haskins may have developed his speed and mobility from his high school years, it seems that he will continue as a pass first quarterback. Over the course of the 2017 season, Haskins gained 86 rushing yards on 24 attempts, an average of 3.6 yards per carry. It will be interesting to see how Meyer calibrates his offense to Haskins abilities.
Haskins is in line to have a very successful career at Ohio State. Running backs Mike Weber and JK Dobbins will most likely consume the majority of carries and rushing yards while Haskins hits weapons like Parris Campbell, Austin Mack and KJ Hill. Haskins also has the luxury of playing on a team with one of the best defensive units in the country. All in all, Dwayne Haskins looks ready to be the next great Ohio State quarterback and ready to continue the Buckeye’s success in the Big 10 and compete for another championship.