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Dwayne Haskins made a major statement in a 77-31 win over Oregon State on Saturday afternoon.
The redshirt sophomore out of Potomac, Md. went 22/30 for 313 yards, a school-record five touchdowns and one interception, scoring on five of the first six possessions.
Despite having about as good of a debut that you can ask for, Haskins’ mind was still focused on one thing.
“The first thing that comes to mind is the interception,” Haskins told Sporting News after the win. “I should have thrown that away.”
He knows that he can just keep on getting better, and that’s a good sign for the Buckeyes offense this year.
At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Haskins showed off the whole arsenal, throwing two touchdowns to Terry McLaurin, and one a piece to Parris Campbell, Rashod Berry and Mike Weber.
Despite only running the ball twice for 24 yards, acting head coach Ryan Day says he believes that his ability to run will be shown in the not-so-distant future.
“Dwayne can run, and there are going to be times when he’s going to need to run,” Day said, “but sometimes it’s just based on what we’re seeing in terms of what the defense is giving us. He’s still a threat with his legs. He’s obviously a gifted passer, and he does that really, really well.”
Haskins not only has a great arm, he also showed quite a bit of patience in the pocket, going through his progressions with poise and delivering the ball right on the money time after time, in places where his receivers can make plays after the catch.
It’s entirely possible that despite the Buckeyes losing J.T. Barrett, that they have upgraded under center.
With this performance, Haskins has undoubtably thrown his name into the Heisman hat, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down any time soon.