Dwayne Haskins knows a thing or two about suddenly massive expectations bearing down on you despite a lack of experience as a starting quarterback in major college football. So as Justin Fields takes the reins from Haskins at Ohio State, who may be the first quarterback off the board in April's NFL Draft, he's making the right call in already using his predecessor as a resource and sounding board.
And Haskins is more than ready to help the new big man on campus in Columbus.
Dwayne Haskins' advice to Justin Fields: “The biggest thing I would say for him is just to master the playbook and get to know his guys, and he’ll be fine from there ... It’s one day at a time. Don’t worry about the end goal of what you want to do. Just get better every day.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) March 10, 2019
There's no guarantee that Fields will be the starter on day one for the Buckeyes, as he'll have to win the job in competition with Matthew Baldwin. But he's gotten far and away the grandest share of the buzz.
And with a 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist and Big Ten champion in his corner, it's hard to count him out.
After going to the NFL Scouting Combine last weekend, Dwayne Haskins is looking forward to getting back to Ohio State and throwing and running again at pro day. He's also looking forward to seeing how Justin Fields and this year's Buckeyes perform: https://t.co/KvKnHGnnRz— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) March 9, 2019
The Buckeyes face a bit of an uncertain future now that head coach Urban Meyer has hung up his whistle and step aside for Ryan Day. But the system he put in place in Columbus is a brilliant one proven to produce success in big games, and Fields could be front and center in that success sooner rather than later.