The Reese’s Senior Bowl, held on Saturday in Mobile, Alabama, was a showcase of some of the nation’s best NFL Draft hopefuls. Out of the 130+ star college players, Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener was crowned the Most Valuable Player of the game. Haener led the National Team to a 27-10 victory and threw the only touchdown pass of the game, a 44-yard lob to Stanford wide receiver Michael Wilson.
Haener’s impressive performance at the Senior Bowl was no surprise, as he had consistently been recognized as the most impressive quarterback throughout the week of practices. He was also voted as the Practice QB of the Week by a vote of his defensive back peers at the event. Haener’s evaluation continues to surpass what was expected of the 6-foot QB from the Mountain West. During his 10 starts this past season, Haener passed for 2,896 yards, 20 touchdowns with 3 interceptions, and completed 72 percent of his passes. He was 8-2 as a starter this past season as the Bulldogs went 10-4 and won the Mountain West Conference Championship and LA Bowl.
Haener’s performance at the Senior Bowl was a major lift to his draft stock, and he is now looking ahead to the NFL Combine, which will be held from Feb. 28 to March 6. Fellow Bulldogs Jalen Cropper and David Perales were also invited to the NFL’s main pre-draft event. Haener is determined to continue to prove the doubters wrong and to be the best player he can be. He said, “I just wanted to come out here and get a win with the guys and cap off a really good week. Just have a really good week and get the win. We found a way to get the win and it was fun.”
The Reese’s Senior Bowl was a major success for Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener, and it will be exciting to see how he will perform at the NFL Combine. With his determination, skill, and passion, Haener is sure to make a great impression on NFL scouts and make Fresno State proud.