Fresno State Bulldogs

Haener top ‘Dog in Mountain West, five Bulldogs named to preseason All-MW team,

Following one of the best individual seasons in recent Fresno State history, quarterback Jake Haener has been selected as the Preseason Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year by the media.

Haener threw for 4,096 yards and 33 touchdowns last year, which ranked second and third in the conference, respectively. 

Those totals also ranked in the top 11 of the nation for the 2021 season as Haener helped the Bulldogs to a 10-3 record. 

Along with the expectation of being the conference’s best offensive player, Haener and four other Bulldogs were selected to the Preseason All-Mountain West Team. 

Running back Jordan Mims, wide receiver Jalen Cropper and tackle Dontae Bull joined Haener on the first team. 

Mims split carries with former Bulldog Ronnie Rivers last year to the tune of 710 yards and six touchdowns with an average of 5.59 yards per carry. 

Cropper was the ‘Dogs’ top receiver last year as he hauled in 11 touchdowns and racked up 899 receiving yards. 

Cropper was also named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list Thursday, which honors the nation’s top receiver at the end of the season. 

Safety Evan Williams rounds up Fresno State’s all-conference selections after being named to the All-Mountain West First Team at the end of last season. 

Williams led the Bulldogs with 3 interceptions and 93 tackles in 2021 and returns for his senior season at Fresno State. 

2022 Preseason All-Mountain West Team

Offense

QB        Jake Haener              Sr.        Fresno State

WR       Jalen Cropper            Sr.        Fresno State

WR       Jesse Matthews             Sr.        San Diego State

RB        Brad Roberts               Sr.        Air Force

RB        Jordan Mims                 Sr.        Fresno State

OL        Isaac Cochran               Sr.        Air Force

OL        John Ojukwu                Sr.        Boise State

OL        Dontae Bull                   Sr.        Fresno State

OL        Aaron Frost               Sr.        Nevada

OL        Alama Uluave               Sr.        San Diego State

TE        Tanner Arkin                 RS-Fr.   Colorado State

Defense

DL        Scott Matlock               Sr.        Boise State

DL        Keshawn Banks        Sr.        San Diego State

DL        Jonah Tavai                  Sr.        San Diego State

DL        Viliami Fehoko          Sr.        San José State

DL        Cade Hall                      Sr.        San José State

LB        Vince Sanford            Sr.        Air Force

LB        Caden McDonald         Sr.        San Diego State

LB        Kyle Harmon               Sr.        San José State

DB        JL Skinner                 Sr.        Boise State

DB        Evan Williams             Sr.        Fresno State

DB        Jerrick Reed II               Sr.        New Mexico

DB        Patrick McMorris         Sr.        San Diego State

Specialists

P          Aaron Rodriguez            Jr.        New Mexico

PK        Jonah Dalmas             Jr.        Boise State

PR        Jordan Byrd                   Sr.        San Diego State

KR        Jordan Byrd                 Sr.        San Diego State

Offensive Player of the Year: Jake Haener, Sr., QB, Fresno State

Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Patrick McMorris, Sr., DB, San Diego State and Cade Hall, Sr., DL, San José State

Special Teams Player of the Year: Jordan Byrd, Sr., PR/KR, San Diego State

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.