An Opponent's View: QB Jake Haener

With the 2017 class signed, we made calls to some coaches and players who faced off against each Husky signee and got their thoughts on what made them so tough to go up against. Today we take a look at Monte Vista (Danville, Ca.) QB Jake Haener...

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The Story - Washington pursued other quarterbacks, but eventually they settled on Haener who chose the Huskies over offers from Fresno State, Utah State and Colorado State among others.

Senior Season Stats - This past season, Haener capped of his prep career by going 170 of 279 (60.9%) for 2,976 yards with 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions while leading his team to the state title and garnering First Team All-League, First Team All-Region, First Team All-CIF Nor Cal, San Ramon Valley Player of the Year honors as well.

Opposing Coach's View - "He's not big, that's the first thing you notice with him, but the kid is tough and he's a competitor. He was a big problem for us as a junior and senior. He's at his best sitting in the pocket and playing sorta that 'point guard' where he's just distributing the ball. He's a real leader out there. With his size though, I am not sure he'll be successful at the Pac 12 level. His arm-talent is great and he's got the smarts to read defenses and make the right throws, but you just don't see many guys his size that are successful at Power 5 schools. He's a great kid though, so I'll be rooting for him. We're glad we don't have to face him anymore."

Opposing players' view - "He's really tough to sack because he feels pressure really well. He lit us up because we couldn't rattle him. You could tell he knew exactly what we were doing when he came up to the line. He'd just look at his wideout and they'd make adjustments on the fly. He isn't fast, so you can track him down, I got one sack on him this year, but he's good on the run and he doesn't just take off, so the linebackers and DBs really struggled to know what to do when he broke the pocket."


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