Ohio State football: Dwayne Haskins named Big Ten offensive player of week record-tying fifth time

Tim May
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. points after gaining yards in the first half of their game at Maryland Stadium in College Park, MD on November 17, 2018. [ Brooke LaValley ]

With Ohio State prepping for Saturday’s Big Ten East showdown vs. Michigan, OSU’s Dwayne Haskins Jr. was named a Big Ten offensive player of the week for the fifth time this season, a significant milestone for the quarterback considering the historical ramifications.

The only other previous player to win it five times in single season was OSU quarterback Troy Smith in 2006, and he went on to win the Heisman Trophy. Haskins shared it this week with Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor.

Though Haskins set school records for season passing yards (3,685) and touchdown passes (36) with his performance in the 52-51 overtime win at Maryland on Saturday, it’s consensus that Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa is running away in the 2018 Heisman race. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Haskins are among the trailers.

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Nevertheless, Haskins’ effort at Maryland was a tour de force for the third-year sophomore, playing in front of his home area fans since he is from The Bullis School in Potomac, Md. He threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns, hitting 28 of 38 passes, including an interception that was returned for TD. He also asserted himself as a runner for the first time this season, with 15 carries for 59 yards and three touchdowns.

Along the way, he rallied the Buckeyes from three 14-point deficits before they pulled out the win in overtime.

“I always preach to my team that whatever happens, we’re always going to be with each other, we’re always  going to have each other,” Haskins said of the attitude that sustained the offense all day. “We plays plays. That’s what we do.”

That was his fourth 400-yard passing game, a school record he just keeps adding to. It was a career-high rushing effort, including the rushing touchdowns.