Fresno State Football: Jake Haener Is MWwire’s 2022 Preseason Offensive Player Of The Year
Fresno State’s star quarterback ran away with our staff’s vote as the Mountain West’s top offensive player ahead of 2022.
Taking on new heights in the Valley.
Mountain West Wire’s 2022 preseason honors:
All-Conference Teams | Offensive Player of the Year | Defensive Player of the Year | Special Teams Player of the Year | Freshman of the Year | Newcomer of the Year | Coach of the Year | Coordinator of the Year
A number of our staff’s preseason honors were pretty hotly contested this year, but that is not the case with our selection for the Mountain West’s offensive player of the year: Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener.
Among players at his position who are returning to the Mountain West in 2022, Haener led the way last season with 490 pass attempts, 329 completions, a 67.1% completion rate, and 4,096 passing yards. He was also second among returning QBs with 33 passing touchdowns and 8.4 yards per attempt, with a healthy 1.8% interception for good measure.
After briefly flirting with the transfer portal, Haener decided to stick around to learn under new-old head coach Jeff Tedford, who’d helped Marcus McMaryion thrive across two seasons in his previous stint leading the Bulldogs. With an array of offensive weapons at his disposal, an assault on the school’s single-season record book isn’t out of the question. At a minimum, he’ll be the biggest reason why the corner of Cedar and Barstow is a hot spot for entertainment on Saturday nights this fall.
Also received votes: Hank Bachmeier, Boise State; Logan Bonner, Utah State; Jalen Cropper, Fresno State; Haaziq Daniels, Fresno State; George Holani, Boise State
Previous preseason OPoY honorees: 2021: Carson Strong, QB, Nevada | 2020: Warren Jackson, WR, Colorado State | 2019: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State