Fresno State Football: QB Jake Haener In The Transfer Portal
The Bulldogs quarterback is on the move one day after head coach Kalen DeBoer left Fresno State for Washington.
The ripple effect is underway.
One day after losing head coach Kalen DeBoer to the Washington Huskies, the Fresno State Bulldogs are now in need of a new starting quarterback.
Jake Haener, who transferred to Fresno State from Washington in September 2019, has once again entered the transfer portal. First reported by The Athletic’s Max Olson, this news comes as more of a surprise than DeBoer’s quick departure and calls into question whether a reunion with both the now-former Bulldogs head coach and the Huskies is in the works.
Per Chris Hummer, a DeBoer-Haener reunion and Washington-Haener reunion is imminent. https://t.co/2wjKB5OeQU
— Gabe Camarillo (@gabecamarillo_) December 1, 2021
After sitting out the 2019 season because of NCAA transfer rules, Haener seized the starting job and put together a strong 2020 despite navigating the strangeness of the pandemic, earning an all-Mountain West honorable mention after completing 64.7% of his 232 pass attempts for 2,021 yards and 14 touchdowns against just five interceptions in six games.
2020 marked a step forward for both Haener and the Bulldogs as he led the team to a 9-3 record while earning a spot on the conference media’s all-Mountain West second team. He completed 67.5% of his throws for 3,810 yards and 32 touchdowns with just nine interceptions.
Haener’s departure will leave the Bulldogs with four quarterbacks on the current roster, all of whom are either redshirt freshmen or true freshmen. Assuming Haener will not play in any slated bowl game, the Bulldogs will likely turn to Jaylen Henderson, who earned the backup role over Logan Fife as the season progressed but has played sparingly this fall, throwing only eight passes.