Ohio State is playing it’s Spring Game today with heavy hearts as the school and program is still mourning the loss of former Buckeye Dwayne Haskins, who tragically died last weekend.
The team honored Haskins by painting his initials on the field and players are wearing “DH” decals on their helmets during the game.
But one player is honoring Haskins in his own way. Quarterback C.J. Stroud is playing in Haskins’ jersey for the game. The two already shared the No. 7, but Stroud is wearing Haskins’ name plate as well:
Stroud has a chance to follow in Haskins’s footsteps and become the third Ohio State quarterback drafted in the first round since 2019 when he is eligible next year.
Last season, Stroud joined Haskins as the only two quarterbacks to throw for over 4,000 in one season with Ohio State. Additionally, Stroud’s 44 passing touchdowns were second only to Haskins’s 50 touchdowns in 2018 as the most in a single season in Buckeyes history.
From Haskins to Justin Fields to Stroud, Ohio State has had a stretch of Heisman-caliber quarterbacks, and Stroud is set to build off his great 2021 season this year in Haskins’s memory.