Ohio State's C.J. Stroud Wears Dwayne Haskins Jersey for Buckeyes' Spring Game

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 16, 2022

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud throws during the first half in the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Utah Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud honored late Buckeyes signal-caller Dwayne Haskins by wearing his jersey during the spring football game on Saturday.

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Really nice gesture from CJ Stroud to honor Dwayne Haskins at Ohio State’s spring game today. <a href="https://t.co/XzCBzFwEBz">pic.twitter.com/XzCBzFwEBz</a>

That gesture was one of many made in memory of Haskins, who died on April 9 after being struck by a dump truck on Interstate 595 in Florida.

Big Ten Network @BigTenNetwork

Here's how <a href="https://twitter.com/OhioStateFB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OhioStateFB</a> is honoring Dwayne Haskins at today's spring game: <a href="https://t.co/Y0kk8yGtaa">pic.twitter.com/Y0kk8yGtaa</a>

The team also held a moment of silence for Haskins.

Adam King @AdamKing10TV

Number 7 honors Number 7.<br><br>CJ Stroud takes a knee during a moment of silence in the Shoe for Dwayne Haskins. <a href="https://t.co/YsH0898Hpi">pic.twitter.com/YsH0898Hpi</a>

It didn't take Stroud long to star in the Haskins jersey, as he opened the scoring with a touchdown pass to Jaxon Smith-Njigba:

Ohio State Football @OhioStateFB

touchdown, buckeyes πŸ’―<a href="https://twitter.com/CJ7STROUD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CJ7STROUD</a> to <a href="https://twitter.com/jaxon_smith1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jaxon_smith1</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoBucks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoBucks</a> <a href="https://t.co/ry5k1KcM5j">pic.twitter.com/ry5k1KcM5j</a>

Afterward, Stroud pointed to the back of his jersey, which featured Haskins' name:

Adam King @AdamKing10TV

After the first touchdown of the spring game CJ Stroud points to the back of his jersey: <a href="https://t.co/jXj71OpOkE">pic.twitter.com/jXj71OpOkE</a>

Haskins dominated during his lone year as the Ohio State starting quarterback in 2018, completing 70 percent of his passes for 50 touchdowns and 4,831 yards. OSU went 13-1, finished No. 3 in the Associated Press poll and won the Rose Bowl under Haskins' leadership. He played three seasons in the NFL (two with Washington, one with Pittsburgh).