Dwayne Haskins entered his second season as an NFL quarterback Sunday, leading the Washington Football Team into a Week 1 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s an important year for Haskins, who was drafted 15th overall in 2019. The Ohio State product made his first start in Week 9 of last season and struggled early before showing flashes of the talent that helped him take home the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award in 2018.
Maryland head coach Mike Locksley recruited Haskins out of high school, securing his initial commitment to the Terps’ program. But after Locksley went 1-5 as an interim head coach and didn’t hold onto the full-time job after 2015, Haskins decommitted and ultimately landed in Columbus.
Locksley joined NBC Sports Washington’s pregame show “Washington Football Kickoff Live” on Sunday talked about what his message would be to Haskins ahead of his sophomore season in D.C.
“It starts out with, trust your training,” Locksley said. “I followed Dwayne’s career over the last five years and just even following what he did and the investment and commitment he made this offseason. He’s earned a right to be a leader on this team and for him to have the success he wants, he has to figure out or find a way to continue to eliminate distractions.”
Haskins’ teammates lauded the young signal caller during training camps for the strides he’s made as a leader in the locker room. Locksley explained what he’s seen out of Haskins over the past few months.
“The way he keeps his confidence up is through his preparation and what I’ve seen out of Dwayne this put summer, the way he organized a lot of the offseason stuff with his receivers, I see the confidence back,” Locksley said. “I see him having a lot of the charisma Dwayne typically carries and I expect him to have a pretty good Year 2.”