Dwayne Haskins is projected to be the first quarterback taken April 25 in the first round of the NFL draft. The strong armed QB had a historic season at Ohio State, breaking multiple school and Big Ten records including passing yards (4,831), and touchdowns (50). He was at his best in the Buckeyes biggest games. In Ohio State's season ending win over Michigan, Big Ten Championship victory over Northwestern and Rose Bowl championship over Washington, Haskins had a .724 completion percentage, throwing for 1,146 yards with 14 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Against Michigan--the No. 1 defense in the country--Haskins was 20-31 for 396 yards with 6 touchdowns.
The Big Ten Network featured Haskins after that Michigan game in a sit down film session with analyst Gerry DiNardo. If you watch BTN, you may have seen portions of it already so this is really nothing new, but I saw the full video floating around on Twitter Wednesday and started watching and found myself transfixed. As many of you know I've worked with former OSU quarterback and BTN analyst Stan Jackson for years and Stan has always said that most fans can't appreciate how much goes into playing the position of quarterback. The amount of pieces of information that a QB has to process in a matter of seconds is staggering. This segment with Haskins and DiNardo gives you a little peek into that world. If you love football, and haven't seen it--it's fascinating.
Big Night Ahead
It's a big night in Columbus and I don't mean Valentine's night. It's one of those rare sports nights when our cities headline winter sports teams, the Blue Jackets and the Basketball Buckeyes, both play at home at the same time. The Jackets carry a 4-game winning streak into a huge division match-up with the Metropolitan Division leading New York Islanders.
Meanwhile, exactly 3.7 miles away, the Buckeyes host Illinois in the Schottenstein Center. After going 1-6 in January, Ohio State is 3-0 in February and hope to keep it going tonight. In terms of total attendance for the two venuse tonight, I've set the over-under at 30,000. What do you think Columbus?