Haskins reaps Big Ten awards
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. parlayed the greatest statistical passing year in Big Ten history into a major haul of conference postseason awards Wednesday, including being the named the league’s offensive player of year.
Haskins, a third-year sophomore, also was named the Big Ten quarterback of the year and is first-team all-league on the coaches’ and media’s all-conference teams. He is joined on both of those teams by OSU tackle Isaiah Prince, and on the coaches’ first team by receiver Parris Campbell, who made the media’s second team.
Heading into the Big Ten championship game against Northwestern on Saturday, Haskins already has set Big Ten season records for passing yards (4,081) and touchdown passes (42).
He could have as many as three games remaining this season if the Buckeyes (11-1) qualify for the College Football Playoff.
“Winning awards is awesome, but to be able to go out here and play in my first year the way that I’ve played, I’m just really blessed and thankful for my teammates and coaches for putting me in this opportunity go out there and ball the way that I did,” Haskins said. “I’m just thankful for my family, my friends, my support system for getting me to where I’m at.
“And even though I’ve won these awards and I’m getting a lot of accolades every week, the biggest thing is about winning the game on Saturday. I will feel more accomplished by beating Northwestern than I will about anything else.”
Prince and Campbell are both fifth-year senior captains who had outstanding games in a 62-39 win over Michigan in the regular-season finale.
Prince anchored an offensive line that relinquished no sacks and allowed Mike Weber, J.K. Dobbins and Haskins to combine for 176 yards rushing. Campbell led the team with six catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns, including a 78-yard TD sprint around right end after a flip from Haskins.
That was one of six touchdown passes by the quarterback, tying an OSU record for a game. Haskins finished with 396 yards passing against the Wolverines.
Haskins' Big Ten quarterback of the year award makes him its sixth OSU winner in Urban Meyer’s seven seasons as coach of the Buckeyes. Braxton Miller won the award in 2012 and ’13, and J.T. Barrett in 2014, ’16 and ’17.
Haskins is the first Buckeye to be named the league’s offensive player of the year since running back Ezekiel Elliott in 2015.
OSU offensive coordinator Ryan Day said Haskins’ awards are a tribute to the performance not only of the quarterback but also all the others on the offense.
“He can’t do that without everybody around him,” Day said.
Among the others, junior center Michael Jordan was named to both all-league second teams. Dobbins, a sophomore running back, made the coaches’ second team, and junior receiver K.J. Hill and senior guard Demetrius Knox were named to the media third team.
Receiving honorable mention were senior guard Malcolm Pridgeon, junior RB Weber, sophomore tackle Thayer Munford and senior receiver Terry McLaurin.