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Fresno State QB Jake Haener withdraws from transfer portal

The Bulldogs star quarterback will be returning upon the news of the team hiring Jeff Tedford as head coach.

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Jake Haener of the Fresno State Bulldogs looks to throw a pass during the second half of an NCAA football game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at the Clarance T.C. Ching Complex on October 2, 2021 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Update Dec 9 6:00 p.m.: Haener looks like will return to The Valley in 2022. This is certainly one of the stranger trips through the transfer portal we’ve seen this offseason.

Update: According to Chris Hummer, Haener has withdrawn from the transfer portal. He’s close with new Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford, and clearly believes in his offensive acumen to trust the coach in a big season for the quarterback. Haener was slated to join his old coach Kalen DeBoer at Washington before the Bulldogs brought Tedford back.

Update: Haener is expected to transfer to Washington and join Kalen DeBoer in Seattle, according to Jon Wilmer. The quarterback previously transferred out of Washington but has decided to return to the program and re-unite with his old head coach, who has accepted the Huskies job.

Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Jake Haener, one of the best passers in the country this season, has entered the transfer portal, according to The Athletic’s Max Olson. With former Fresno State head coach Kalen DeBoer now at Washington, there’s a chance Haener joins him in Seattle as a transfer despite him already transferring out of the program to go to Fresno State.

Haener was part of one of Fresno State’s best seasons, which included an upset win over UCLA and near-win over Oregon in a shootout. The Bulldogs quarterback threw for 3,810 yards, 32 touchdowns and nine interceptions while leading the team to a 9-3 record. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs to make the Mountain West championship game.

There was some speculation over Haener’s next move, as his numbers would’ve given him a good chance of being selected in the upcoming NFL draft. The quarterback class is seemingly weaker than expected, with Spencer Rattler and Sam Howell having underwhelming seasons by their lofty standards. We’ll see where Haener ends up, but the quarterback will be one of the most sought players in the portal.