Haskins certainly left a strong impression on voters with his last game, a 396-yard passing performance with six touchdowns against a Michigan defense that entered the game considered the nation’s best.
“Just throwing the ball obviously his accuracy and his anticipation is pretty special, but in the last few weeks he has changed his game a little bit,” Day said. “He’s run, he’s scrambled when he’s needed to. That changes how a defense approaches him. I think that aspect of his game has help the whole offense.”
The Silver Football has gone to an Ohio State player five times in Urban Meyer’s seven seasons as coach of the Buckeyes. Former Wayne High School standout Braxton Miller won it in 2012 and ‘13, running back Ezekiel Elliott won it in ‘15 and J.T. Barrett shared the award with Penn State’s Saquon Barkley two years ago.
Eighteen Ohio State players have won the award since the first one went to Illinois’ Red Grange in 1924.