Shawano's Hanauer headed to the University of Buffalo

Former Shawano quarterback Jack Hanauer will be a preferred walk-on at the University of Buffalo.

SHAWANO (WLUK) -- When Jack Hanauer went down with a torn ACL in his knee during the 2016 postseason it didn't look good for the Shawano quarterback to receive a scholarship to play college football, especially at the Division I level.

However, hard work has paid off. Hanauer has been given a clean bill of health and will be a preferred walk-on this fall at the University of Buffalo, which competes in the Mid-American Conference. Hanauer will redshirt this coming season.

"It's really nice to have a decision, to know where I'm going and move onto the next chapter in my life," Hanauer said. "My goal is go out there and work and become the best quarterback I can and obviously the final goal is to get out there and be be a starting quarterback as soon as I possibly can, so that's just get out there and play football."

Hanauer totaled 3,864 passing yards and 34 touchdowns last season. He also rushed for 506 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"It says a lot about his character and the type of person he is," Shawano coach Alan Tomow said about Hanuaer's recovery from the injury. "He's driven, very confident and he sets goals and works extremely hard to achieve those goals."

Hanauer joins Kimberly's Danny Vanden Boom (Wisconsin) as the only senior quarterbacks from last season to receive Division I offers.

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