At Kentucky during his sophomore year Haskins beat out incumbent starter Jeff Speedy during the 1995 season, starting the final nine of Kentucky's eleven games. That year, he completed 60.4% of his passes (a school record at the time) for 1,176 yards and four touchdowns. His 47-yard touchdown run against Tennessee in which he broke several tackles gave Kentucky a 31–27 lead and won multiple "Play of the Year" awards.
During the 1996 season, Haskins began splitting playing time with highly regarded freshman Tim Couch.
After the 1996 season Kentucky head coach Bill Curry was fired and replaced by Hal Mumme. Mumme installed a pass-oriented offense and announced that Couch would be the starting quarterback. Haskins transferred to the University of Rhode Island to finish his playing career.
- "Haskins Named Mr. Football". Evansville Courier & Press (Evansville, Indiana): p. C1. December 29, 1992.
- "William Haskins". Enterprise Investment Planning. Archived from the original on 8 July 2019. https://web.archive.org/web/20190708171147/http://www.enterpriseinvestmentplanning.com/team/william-haskins. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
- University of Kentucky Football 1996 Media Guide (1996)
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