Oct 30, 2021; Carson, California, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Jake Haener (9) throws the ball against the San Diego State Aztecs in the first half at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the news of Jeff Tedford returning to Fresno State to become head coach (after being in the same role there in 2017-19), the Bulldogs’ star quarterback has decided to stay with the Mountain West program.

Jake Haener has withdrawn from the transfer portal, just days after entering it.

As Chris Vannini of The Athletic explains, Haener originally transferred from Washington to Fresno State after the 2018 season to play for Tedford. After Tedford resigned following the 2019 season, he convinced Haener to stay at Fresno State and play for Kalen DeBoer.

And after DeBoer took the Washington head coaching job last week, it was expected that Haener would return to Washington.

Haener put together huge numbers for Fresno State this season, throwing for 32 touchdowns (he also ran for three touchdowns), nine interceptions, and 3,180 yards for the 9-3 Bulldogs.

But his initial decision to transfer led to somebody(s) placing “Haener is a traitor” banners on the Fresno State campus.


A very not cool move by whoever did this, and now it’s particularly awkward with Traitor choosing to come back.

Haener posted a classy response on Instagram to the “traitor” banners last week:

“Wish you guys nothing but the best. Only if y’all understood. Have a little perspective that’s all. I love this town and love this valley.”

Well, the fans will all go back to loving Haener now. He’ll likely put up video game numbers with the quarterback-whispering Tedford back at Fresno.

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