Rose Bowl | Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins Jr. doesn't tip hand on NFL plans
PASADENA, Calif. — Dwayne Haskins ran from the field toward the Ohio State locker room while Buckeyes fans chanted, “One more year!” at the quarterback.
Haskins threw three touchdowns in Ohio State’s 28-23 victory over Washington in the Rose Bowl. The redshirt sophomore had already rewritten the Buckeyes and Big Ten record books in his first year as a starter, and his three touchdowns Tuesday gave him 50 for the season.
Now speculation turns to whether Haskins’ star turn will be a one-year run in Columbus. He is expected to enter the NFL draft, in which he’s likely the top quarterback prospect.
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But Haskins did not tip his hand after the game.
“I’ve got a lot of decisions to make,” he said. “I really have to be in the moment right now. That’s what coach (Urban) Meyer preaches.
“All I wanted to be since I was 8 years old was an Ohio State quarterback. I went and did that. I want to be an NFL quarterback, but I just got my opportunity to be a quarterback here. It’s a lot to think about it and a lot to feel and a lot of prayer to be done. Either way, I’ll be blessed. I’ll be fine.”
Haskins looked like he might be on pace for another huge game against Washington. He threw all three of his touchdown passes in the first half as he completed 17 of 24 passes.
Haskins then completed all five passes he attempted on Ohio State’s 80-yard touchdown drive to start the third quarter. But after the Buckeyes took that 28-3 lead, the offense got only one more first down and Haskins completed just 3 of his last 8 passes to finish 25 of 37 for 251 yards.
But the Buckeyes hung on for the victory. Haskins wanted to savor that before he contemplates his future.
“I still have a lot of time making the decision, working with my family and teammates and coaches to figure out what's best for me,” he said. “But right now I'm excited to get this win, excited to leave coach with this victory for myself and the rest of the teammates.”