In case you hadn’t noticed, Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been trending on Twitter recently, but not for anything he did or didn’t do. Instead, he has become the subject of a controversial take by ESPN TV personality Stephen A. Smith that has sparked some pretty heated discussions.
For context, on Friday’s edition of ESPN’s First Take, Smith referred to Haskins as being “more of a runner than a thrower” as a prospect.
Despite qualifying his statement by adding, “I may be wrong about that,” an array of analysts, pundits, and scouts came out to point out how wrong his initial take on Haskins was.
Now, however, Smith has decided to double-down on his initial take, taking to his own Twitter account and declaring that his take was “just an eye-test thing.”
Haskins is bigtime. I know this. And I’m not saying he CAN’T pass. But I view him the way I view him. Just an eye-test thing. Im not talking statistically. Make of it what you will.
Haskins is bigtime. I know this. And I’m not saying he CAN’T pass. But I view him the way I view him. Just an eye-test thing. Im not talking statistically. Make of it what you will. https://t.co/9u6GZxnuYg
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 8, 2019
With all due respect to Smith’s experience as a reporter, analyst, and TV personality, even the eye-test should still indicate that his initial take on Haskins was way off the mark.
In two years of college football, Haskins ran the ball just 103 times for 194 yards – averaging less than two yards per scramble.
While Haskins may find ways to improve his running ability at the next level, Smith’s take on the issue is, at least this point, simply inaccurate.