The Ohio State football program is still reeling after the untimely passing of former Buckeyes star Dwayne Haskins.
Haskins was struck by a vehicle and killed in South Florida on Saturday. He was 24 years old.
On Monday, the Buckeyes returned to the practice field, and star quarterback C.J. Stroud honored Haskins with a special message on the back of his jersey.
Stroud wears the No. 7 that Haskins wore during his time at Ohio State.
On the back of his jersey, Stroud wrote the messages “LLDH7” and “RIH SIMBA” on his jersey number. The messages were abbreviations for “Long Live Dwayne Haskins 7” and “Rest In Heaven Simba,” which was Haskins’ nickname.
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When speaking to the media during his Monday press conference, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day took some time to share his memories of Haskins and what he meant to the Buckeyes program.
“It’s hard to wrap your mind around something like this when it happens to a young person and somebody who had such a big heart,” Day said.
“He meant a lot to my family. He meant a lot to this program. He is going to be missed. We are all hurting.”
Day added that the Buckeyes will honor Haskins at their upcoming Spring Game.