San Diego State quarterback Will Haskell Jr. entered the transfer portal Tuesday morning. Haskell had one pass completion on one attempt last Saturday night in the Aztecs 35-7 defeat against Utah in Salt Lake City. He ends his SDSU career going 8 of 15 for 60 yards passing and 9 rushes for 50 yards and 1 touchdown.
Will was a member of the 2021 recruiting class where he was highly regarded as a change in the SDSU quarterback recruiting culture. Standing at 6 foot 4 inches tall and weighing in at 200 pounds, Haskell possessed an athletic ability rarely seen on the Montezuma Mesa.
On Tuesday via his twitter account, Haskell had this message for SDSU fans and teammates.
Rated a 3-star recruit by rivals, 247 and ESPN, Haskell received offers from Iowa State, Duke, Fresno State, Akron and Northern Arizona coming out of high school.
He was pulled from Saturday’s action with just three plays on offense after replacing starter Braxton Burmeister. Braxton who suffered an eye injury would not return for the rest of the night.
Kyle Crum, true Freshman and third on the depth chart, was then called upon to complete the game against the #14 in the nation Utes.
The move left a mystery as to what happened that would cause such a dysfunctional decision in that specific juncture by head coach Brady Hoke and offensive coordinator Jeff Hecklinski.
But unfortunately this decision is the culmination of several head scratching decisions when it comes to the handling of Will Haskell’s time here at SDSU.
Haskell’s stop on the Montezuma Mesa will go down as a peculiar moment during a time of transition for the Aztecs offense.
The roster move now leaves SDSU with oft-injured senior quarterback Burmeister and two true freshman quarterbacks Crum, Aumavae as the following backups.
Since Aztec offensive coordinator Jeff Hecklinski assumed this duty, the program has seen a revolving door at the quarterback position and the defection of 4 players with remaining eligibility. Another player changed positions last Spring to the defense.
In 3 years at the helm, the Aztec offense under Hecklinski has still not found its leader and continues to be ranked in the bottom 25% of FBS. At what point does head coach Brady Hoke determine that a change needs to be made at the offensive coordinator position?
We wish Will Haskell Jr. a healthy and successful football career wherever he decides to make his future as a student-athlete.
More to come on this developing story.
The (1-2) Aztecs are set to host the visiting (2-1) Toledo Rockets of the MAC this Saturday at 12pm noon PST at Snapdragon Stadium.
Great and concise write up. What is also a glaring mis-management of Haskell was how he was used in 2021 – in two of the four games he appeared he was brought in to take a knee at the end of games. Hecklinski needs to go and go now. If you do the research we apparently had to buy him out of his Kansas TE coaching gig ….. what a waste of money if that was true.