TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Ohio State football head coach Ryan Day, who once coached Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins, called his former player’s death in Florida a tragedy Monday.
The news of Haskins’ death broke out Saturday, when his agent said that the quarterback was killed after being hit by a vehicle in Florida.
The Florida Highway Patrol later confirmed that Haskins was walking along on I-595 when he was hit by a dump truck. He died at the scene.
Day was Haskins’ coach when he played for the Buckeyes. Day said Haskins was a joy to be around.
“He kinda had an old soul about him, you know,” Day said. “Somebody who was young and very very talented on the field, just had a gift for throwing the football, but sometimes when you were talking to him, you thought you were talking to a 45, 50-year-old man.”
The OSU coach said the past few days have been hard for his team.
“We prayed on it this morning. … We’re going to lean on each other the best we can,” he said.
As of this report, the Buckeyes are working on a way to honor Dwayne’s memory. Day said a tribute will probably be done this Saturday.