Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins
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Haskins with the Washington Football Team in 2020
Free agent
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1997-05-03) May 3, 1997 (age 23)
Highland Park, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school:Bullis School (Potomac, Maryland)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2020
TDINT:12–14
Passing yards:2,804
Completion percentage:60.1
Passer rating:74.4
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Dwayne Haskins Jr. (born May 3, 1997) is an American football quarterback who is a free agent. He played college football at Ohio State University, where he threw 50 touchdowns during his lone starting season in 2018, making him one of the few quarterbacks to ever accomplish that in a single NCAA season. For that, he won several Big Ten conference awards and was named as a finalist for the Maxwell Award and Heisman Trophy. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but was released by them prior to the end of his second season due to inefficient play and not meeting the team's standards off the field.

Early years

Born Dwayne Haskins Jr. on May 3, 1997 in Highland Park, New Jersey, he and his family moved to Potomac, Maryland when he was in the ninth grade.[1] There, he attended and played football at Bullis School from 2013–2016, where he passed for 5,308 yards and 54 touchdowns.[2][3][4][5] He originally committed to the University of Maryland over Rutgers University to play college football, but later decided to attend Ohio State after Maryland football coach Randy Edsall was fired mid-season.[6][7][8]

College career

Haskins with Ohio State in 2018

Haskins redshirted his first year at Ohio State in 2016. The following year, he was the backup to J.T. Barrett.[9][10] He finished the season completing 40 of 57 passes for 565 yards and four touchdowns.[11] Haskins then went on to have a record-setting campaign in his sophomore season in 2018, which was his lone starting season at the school.[12][13] He claimed the single season passing and touchdown records for Ohio State and the Big Ten by eclipsing the 4,000-passing yards mark and throwing 50 touchdowns, making him just one of six NCAA quarterbacks to ever achieve the latter in a single season.

Additionally, he claimed school records in total offense in a season (4,900+ yards), total offensive yards in a game (477) and total passing yards in a game (470). In all 12 of his starts, he threw for more than 225 passing yards, including eight games of more than 300 yards, and four games of more than 400. He threw for 499 yards and five touchdowns in the 2018 Big Ten Football Championship Game, while throwing three touchdowns in the 2019 Rose Bowl, winning the MVP award in both games for his performance.[14][15]

His performance also earned him first team All–Big Ten honors, as well as six Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week awards, the Graham–George Offensive Player of the Year, the Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, and the Male Ohio State Athlete of the Year awards.[16][17][18] He was also named as a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.[19][20] In January 2019, Haskins announced that we would forgo his remaining two years of college football and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. As a student, he majored in journalism.[21]

Statistics

Season Games Record Passing Rushing
G GS Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rate Att Yards Avg TD
2016 Redshirt Redshirt
2017 8 0 0–0 40 57 70.2 565 4 1 173.1 24 86 3.6 0
2018 14 14 13–1 373 533 70.0 4,831 50 8 174.1 85 108 1.3 4
Career 22 14 13–1 413 590 70.1 5,396 54 9 109 194 1.8 4

Professional career

2019 season

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 3 38 in
(1.91 m)
231 lb
(105 kg)
33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 58 in
(0.24 m)
5.04 s 1.75 s 2.90 s 28 12 in
(0.72 m)
25
All values from NFL Combine[22][23]
Haskins after his first win as a starting NFL quarterback, 2019

Haskins was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 15th overall.[24] Despite his high school and college jersey number of 7 being unofficially retired by the Redskins in honor of quarterback Joe Theismann, whose career ended with a leg injury in 1985, Haskins requested and was granted permission from him to wear it.[25] Haskins signed his four-year rookie contract on May 9, 2019.[26]

Haskins saw his first action with the team in a Week 4 game against the New York Giants in relief of Case Keenum, who was benched for poor performance. In the game, Haskins also struggled, throwing for 107 yards and three interceptions, including a pick-six, as the Redskins lost 24–3.[27] During a Thursday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8, Haskins again replaced Keenum, who left the game due to a concussion, finishing with 33 passing yards and an interception as the Redskins lost 19–9.[28] The following week Haskins made his first career start against the Buffalo Bills, finishing with 144 passing yards as the team lost 24–9.[29]

Haskins' first win as a starter came during Week 12 against the Detroit Lions, where he finished with 156 passing yards, 28 rushing yards, and an interception in the 19–16 victory.[30] For his efforts, he was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week.[31] In Week 16 against the Giants, Haskins threw for 133 yards and two touchdowns before being carted off the field due to an ankle injury suffered on the first play of the third quarter, which also made him miss the following week's game.[32][33]

2020 season

Prior to the 2020 season, Haskins lost around seven percent in total body fat and was named the starter and one of the team captains.[34][35][36] In a Week 3 loss against the Cleveland Browns, Haskins threw three interceptions and lost a fumble.[37] The following week against the Baltimore Ravens, he threw for a career-high 314 yards in another loss.[38] Haskins was benched prior to the Week 5 game against the Los Angeles Rams due to coaches being unimpressed with his work ethic and performance.[39][40] In October 2020, he was fined US$4,833 for breaking league COVID-19 protocols for making a reservation for a family friend at the team hotel in New York prior to a game against the Giants.[41]

He remained the team's backup until the Week 14 game against the San Francisco 49ers, where he played in the second half after Alex Smith left the game due to a calf strain.[42] He then started the following week's game against the Seattle Seahawks as Smith had yet to recover and threw for 295 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions during a 20–15 loss.[43] Following the game, Haskins was photographed attending a party without wearing a face mask. Due to breaking COVID-19 protocols again, he was fined $40,000 by the team and lost his status as a captain.[44] Despite that, he started the next game against the Carolina Panthers but was benched for Taylor Heinicke in the fourth quarter after throwing 14 of 28 for 154 yards and two interceptions, finishing with a passer rating of 36.9 in a 20–13 loss.[45] Haskins was released by the team the day after, with head coach Ron Rivera saying he believed that it benefited both parties if they went their separate ways.[46] The move came after other reports of him making poor decisions and not meeting the team's standards off the field.[47]

Statistics

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GP GS Comp Att Pct Yards Avg TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Sck SckY Fum Lost
2019 WAS 9 7 119 203 58.6 1,365 6.7 7 7 76.1 20 101 5.1 0 29 204 6 2
2020 WAS 7 6 148 241 61.4 1,439 6.0 5 7 73.0 20 46 2.3 1 20 141 5 3
Career 16 14 267 444 60.1 2,804 6.3 12 14 74.4 40 147 3.7 1 49 345 11 5

Personal life

Haskins goes by the nickname Simba, which was taken from the protagonist of the 1994 film The Lion King. He adopted it as a child due to him having an afro at the time that reminded his mother of a lion's mane. He uses the nickname and the film's coming-of-age story as motivation and incorporates it into his personal clothing brand, Kingdom of Pride.[48] His mentor during high school and college was NFL wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, whom he met through Mohamed Jabbie, one of his best friends and Sanu's nephew.[49] A New Jersey native, Haskins grew up a New York Giants fan.[49]

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