Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Jake Haener, who was the preseason Mountain West player of the year and a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, was carted off the field in the third quarter of his team’s game against the No. 7 USC Trojans after taking a hit on a strip sack. Haener stayed down and appeared to suffer some sort of leg injury on the sack.
Fresno State QB Jake Haener carted off the field. pic.twitter.com/YnVUZYPpi9— Vanessa Romo (@VanessaRomoTV) September 18, 2022
If Haener is done for the game, and it seems like he is, it was a tough performance for the star quarterback. He finishes the contest 10/18 for 117 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Fresno State trailed USC 21-10 at the time of the injury, with the Bulldogs driving to potentially make it a one-score game.
Logan Fife will be the quarterback in Haener’s place. The Bulldogs will likely have to complete this game without their star. Their hopes for a Mountain West crown and stellar bowl game will hinge on how severe Haener’s injury is.