Brad Rock: Jake Heaps is not Jimmer Fredette — at least not yet


Return To Article
  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 29, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    It is obvious that the D News and BYU are bent on creating another "icon" like Jimmer Fredette......which is impossible. Jimmer could play, PERIOD! No wonder he is so adored by so many. They(monitors) continuously delete posts that don't buy into the spin and hopes that is their primary objective. Jake Heaps hasn't done anything noteworthy yet........except talk. Win some big games, lead Jake and then you won't need to say much......like Fredette!

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 29, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    Jake a "Jimmer?" Hahahahahahahaha!

  • Rafter17 OAKLEY, ID
    Aug. 27, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    An absolutely ridiculous article. Jake Heaps is Jake Heaps. He may turn out to be a great college quarterback, but why continue with the nonsensical conjecture? There are hundreds of college football players who have the same "potential to be the next Jimmer".

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    Good article - only thing wrong is saying heaps is humble or modest. His being proud of being humble is hypocrisy and a guy who believes and voices his belief that he will be the best qb in the nation and that he will lead his team to a national championship is not humble and is far from being comparable to the Jimmer.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    Uncle Rico

    "Heaps is the greatest QB in NCAA history to lose to Utah State."

    Nope, that would be Steve Young in 1982.

    Utah State has only beaten BYU twice since then, including last year.

    At a rate of one win every 15 years, the Aggies' should expect their next win to come around 2025.


  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    Heaps is the greatest QB in NCAA history to lose to Utah State.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    What some biased fans just can't accept is the fact that Heaps' vast improvement over the 2nd half of the season had far more to do with Jake and his supporting cast simply getting better, than the level of competition getting worse.

    According to their bogus theory, however, Utah State(4-8),
    where Heaps had an 84.59 rating,
    had a MUCH better defense than Utah, 114.74.
    Even Wyoming(3-9), 100.58, had a better defense than Utah.

  • Lux et Veritas Draper, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    @Veritas Aequitas:

    Thank you! Love Boondock Saints. You're actually the first to catch the reference, so big props!

    We've disagreed in the past and are bound to again in the future, I completely agree with your analysis of Rock's article.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    Ragnar Danneskjold

    "the "theory" of QB's struggling against better defenses than worse ones is "busted", unless of course you have any sense of logic. Not to mention that you ignore Wynn's injury, and like to say "Jordan's entire sophmore season" when he didn't play in a lot of games."

    Wynn played in TEN games his Sophomore season.

    California did not have the worst defense Wynn and SDSU did not have one of the best defenses Wynn played against as a Freshman.

    Theory of strength of opponent being the sole determining factor in quarterback rating in any given game still busted.

    As far as Wynn's injury, Wynn had the best game of his career against Colorado State(3-9) two games AFTER he injured his shoulder against Iowa State, then had another huge game against SDSU(9-4) a month later.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    @Lux et Veritas

    Dude, love the name.

    I love the tounge in cheel refernece to "Urim and Thummim".


    (Side note, when I was asked for a display name when I first registered, I had just watched Boondock Saints for the "umpteenth" time, but the first time on Blu Ray, and figured why not.

    But really, anyone who wants to bring a little "veritas", no matter where the opinion comes from is welcome.


    Here's where I see Rock as dead on...

    "Heaps actually has a strong chance of being the next Jimmer, at least in one sense. Energized by the move to independence and fresh off a great basketball season, BYU fans are longing for another athlete to lionize."

    Jake could be a hero on campus.

    Otherwise, it's a huge stretch to even compare the two. Different personalities, skill sets, sports, opportunity to dominate a floor or field, etc.

    I do not anticipate anyone capturing the fancy of a nation in football the way Jimmer did basketball.

    Jimmer, we were lucky to have you.

    If Jake has a college career like I think he can, it will be special, but Jimmermania was a once in a lifetime experience.

  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 26, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    Heaps will have to have an outstanding season just to match Ty's sophomore season, let alone exceed it.

    32 TDs, 4560 yards, with 64% accuracy and a 175 rating is not easily duplicated.

  • Ragnar Danneskjold Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    Yes CG, the "theory" of QB's struggling against better defenses than worse ones is "busted", unless of course you have any sense of logic. Not to mention that you ignore Wynn's injury, and like to say "Jordan's entire sophmore season" when he didn't play in a lot of games.
    I am not one of those people that will say Wynn is great and Heaps is garbage. But BYU's schedule was frontloaded, while Utah's was backloaded. That is why one trended up while the other trended down. Let's just say that the jury is still out on both QB's.
    I will say on Heaps, that I still thought he looked pretty good early. He is accurate. I think a big difference was that his receivers got better (and obviously more time in the system helped). I can't tell you how many well thrown balls I saw sail through someones hands at the USU game (not that it would have mattered in that particular game). He will be good. Only time will tell exactly how good.

  • Bigred1 SAN DIEGO, CA
    Aug. 26, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    And Wynn is not Detmer--And never will be.

  • CG Orem, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 2:13 p.m.


    "Did your analysis of Wynn and Heaps take into account that the last 6 games of the freshman season for Wynn he played #6 TCU, #12 BYU, and BCS team 8-4 Cali?"

    Yes, and it also took into account that Wynn had the BEST game of his Freshman season against California(8-4) 173.03 rating, and one of the worst games of his Freshman season against SDSU(4-8) 120.29 rating.

    Based your "quality of opponent" theory being the only meaningful factor that shouldn't have been possible.

    Your quality of opponent theory also doesn't explain how BYU(7-6) held Jordan to the third lowest rating, 103.39, of his Sophomore season, when Wynn had his third highest rating, 175.73, just a week earlier against SDSU(9-4).

    In other words, your theory that "quality of opponent" is the only factor in QB rating has been BUSTED! - consider it FICTION!

    btw, Wynn threw THREE picks against mediocre Wyoming(3-9) in 2010. That's as many picks as Heaps threw against his last 6 opponents, COMBINED!

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Aug. 26, 2011 1:00 p.m.

    For the silly posters who like to rant and rave about everything BYU, go read the Tribune. First, the Article never said Heaps was Jimmer. It stated he has the potential to be Jimmer. It stated that Jimmer started to get noticed as a Junior then had a great season as a Senior. It stated Heaps has a lot to prove to even gain Jimmer status. It then ends stating that Heaps would at least have to win a BCS game to even come close to Jimmer. I agree. When Heaps proves to me that he is the best then I will agree he is the best. Until then, please just go win some football. This season should be exciting. GO BYU.

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    Very intersting poll results. The majority feel that Heaps will not be as popular as Jimmer (I agree) but the majority also feels that Heaps has more potential in the Big Leagues. I totally agree and believe that Jake will become a solid NFL QB one day, if he stays healthy. Jimmer will do well in the NBA but will not be an all-star. I believe Jake has the potential to be a premier NFL quarterback for many years at that level. It will be great to watch it all unfold.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    Heaps like Jimmer? As of today Heaps is not even like Wynn in his freshman year.


    Did your analysis of Wynn and Heaps take into account that the last 6 games of the freshman season for Wynn he played #6 TCU, #12 BYU, and BCS team 8-4 Cali?

    Who did Heaps play in his last 6 games, best team #26 Utah (1 TD).

    In fact, Heaps had a total of 3 TDs vs good defenses, against cupcakes he tore things up just like Hoffman and just like Quezada... but all three struggled against better defenses. This is not an opinion, just go look at game stats.

    Heaps has the tools to be a great QB at BYU. But as of today he's not.

    Aug. 26, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    Ohhhh brother. He's played one season of college football and had a 7-6 record in that season! The six teams they beat last year are nothing to get excited about. The combined records of the six teams you beat last year was 30-58, which proves that the teams you beat is nothing to get excited about. And don't bring up that you guys almost beat Utah, because that's not a valid point. We had an injured QB at the time. Heaps is overrated!!!

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    "come on folks, the only reason Heaps "improved" in the second half was because he was playing sub-par competition."

    Nobody is denying that the easy schedule in the second half of the season contributed a lot to Heaps' success, but it is far from the only reason. If you watched Heaps, you would know that. At the beginning of the season, he just didn't know what he was doing. You could tell he had a great arm, but he just didn't know the system very well. It had little to do with the quality of the opponent. In the second half of the season, he was much more confident, and made fewer mistakes. Once again, more to do with his own grasp of things than the quality of his opponents. Absolutely, it helped that he was up against easier competition, but the point is that he took full advantage of it and used it as an opportunity to improve his game personally.

  • Lux et Veritas Draper, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    @CG: You're correct - Heaps' definitely got better in the second half of last season. That being said, you can't ignore that he did play in 6 of the 7 games your stats exclude.

    For example, if you include all the games they played in each of their freshman seasons, Wynn is a much better quarterback, statistically.

    As a Ute fan I readily admit that Heaps has the potential to be a better quarterback than Wynn will ever be. However, the fact remains that Wynn has been the better quarterback based on actual play.

    Potential is the key word.

    Good luck to Heaps and the Cougars this year. Except on Sept. 17.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    There's only one Jimmer. We'll never see another.

    There's only one Jake. We don't know much about him as yet. We hope for the best. May he meet our expectations both on and off the field.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    come on folks, the only reason Heaps "improved" in the second half was because he was playing sub-par competition. If the schedule would've been reversed he would've started well and finished poorly. But you can all keep believing, afterall as long as the perceived "potential" to be the next Jimmer is there you'll keep on buying your tickets and questing for perfection.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    Alex Smith only had an 8.40 rating as a Freshman and a 152.35 rating as a Sophomore.

  • CG Orem, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:45 a.m.

    Lux et Veritas

    Jordan Wynn, a full-time starter with a year's experience, getting starter's reps all spring and fall, surrounded by experienced, Senior receivers and running backs, and starting the season with a cupcake schedule, only managed 17 TDs during his entire Sophomore season.

    Jake Heaps, splitting time in practice and in games with another quarterback, surrounded by inexperienced freshmen and sophomore receivers and running backs, starting with a brutal early schedule, managed 14 TDs in the final 6 games of his true Freshman season.

    Stats of the final six games of Jake's and Jordan's Freshman seasons and Jordan's entire Sophomore season:

    Heaps: 109/172, 1340 yards, 63.4%, 14 TDs, 3 ints, 152.19 rating
    Wynn Fr: 104/179, 1329 yards, 58.1%, 8 TDs, 4 ints, 130.75 rating
    Wynn So: 186/299, 2334 yards, 62.2%, 17 TDs, 10 ints, 139.85 rating

    What's clear is Jake improved dramatically as soon as he began receiving starters reps in practice and was able to develop timing and reads with his receivers.

    Wynn is the same quarterback he was as a Freshman, and nothing he's done since coming back from shoulder surgery gives any hope he'll improve.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Lux et Veritas, I agree with what you are saying with the caveat that Heaps is trending upward. We have every reason to believe that he will do much better this year if the trend continues, but certainly this is only an IF, and Heaps must actually put up the numbers to be deserving of such high praise. We cannot crown him the next big thing, until he actually proves he is. It's just that if you watched him in the second half of last season, it would be reasonable to speculate that he COULD be the next big thing.

    I haven't seen a single serious BYU fan predict a national championship. The hype is coming from the DN writers in an effort to get you to pay attention and come on here and comment. It's working. I don't think BYU is setting itself up for failure by setting their goals high and having a positive attitude. I think BYU fans have every reason to be optimistic, and I don't really see many of them being overly optimistic. Most of them seem to think that calling Heaps the next big thing at this point is ridiculous just like you do.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    Jimmer-mania happened because he took care of it on the court. Heaps might get there, but he is a sophomore who has proven nothing (shown flashes of great potential), people need to cool it with the comparisons.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    A little reality Ute fans. This article is the opinion of Brad Rock, not Cougar fans. Brad is just stirring up a little controversy. Mission accomplished. Heaps has yet to prove himself much like Wynn and the Pac-12. Get over yourselves and accept the article for what it is. An opinion column based on the whimsy of Brad Rock.

  • Alterego Ogden, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    He hasn't been compared to Detmer yet, so for now I'm going with Wynn as the next Jimmer.

  • texlds Dallas, TX
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    He's gotta win in the clutch.

    Before that, all is mere talk.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    plyxply | 8:05 a.m. Aug. 26, 2011
    Same can most definitely be said of Wynnie as well, he had the highest QB rating against pathetic teams then it came crashing back to reality against TCU, Notre Dame, etc.

  • Bleed Crimson Sandy, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    Commandment #2

    "4.Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

    5.Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;"

    -Exodus 20:4-5

    (Good luck in getting this posted) Let's practice what we preach!

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    Hey, is ByuTv HD available on DirecTv yet?

  • Cougar Cindy Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    I wish Heaps well, but agree with those saying this is premature. And I also agree that declaring one's unproven self to be like another who has been fully proved, is not quite humble, not yet. But he is young. He can get there if he listens to Doman and Bronco. Go Jake. Go Cougars!

  • Lux et Veritas Draper, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    Below are Jake Heaps' stats from 2010:

    COMP = 219
    ATTP = 383
    YDS = 2316
    COMP% = 57.2
    TDWN = 15
    INT = 9
    SACK = 18
    RATING = 116.2
    WIN-LOSS = 7-5

    Below are Jordan Wynn's stats from 2010:

    COMP = 186
    ATTP = 299
    YDS = 2334
    COMP% = 62.2
    TDWN = 17
    INT = 10
    SACK = 6
    RATING = 139.9
    WIN-LOSS = 10-2

    Crowning Heaps the next big thing is akin to saying Wynn is "as good as Detmer." Yes, Heaps is a great quarterback. But let's wait to crown him the next big thing until he performs on the field.

    Until then, don't believe the hype from the Perennial August National Champions in Provo.

  • JonnyDanger HOUSTON, TX
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    I doubt Jake would be a real factor in the Heisman race this year even if he had a spectacular year. He's just too new. That being said, if Heaps DOES have a spectacular year, BYU will be a force to be reckoned with. Between the schedule and the strengths surrounding him, a modest showing by Heaps should get us to 9-10 wins. A great showing will mean a special season. A special season this year with a strong returning class, an even better schedule and even more exposure could make next year a special season indeed.

    But even if Heaps does eventually bring home a Heisman I doubt he could reach the status of Jimmer...

  • JonnyDanger HOUSTON, TX
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    As a rising Sophomore with loads of potential, a ton of momentum from last year, and a bunch of exposure coming his way this year I completely understand the Heaps-hype.

    I like cks discussion of what made Jimmer...Jimmer. The reason Detmer won the Heisman was because of great exposure in a Jimmer-like moment against Miami. How does a QB distinguish himself outside of being REALLY good at what he does? Andrew Luck running over a safety on a long run last year was pretty cool. Cam Newton was probably similar, but there was too much scandal. Denard Robinson at the start of last year was probably a Jimmer-like QB in that he was just crazy-scary good and different enough to get noticed. A 5,000 yard passer won't get it done anymore.

    My hope for Heaps is that he uses last year as a springboard and has his best games in the biggest games. In addition to the cupcakes, he played very well on the road in the closing minutes at Utah last year, now he needs to build on that.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    Jimmer was a bench player who only played sparingly as a Freshman.

    Jake was tossed into the fire in his first game as a true Freshman.

    Jake may not have the same personality as Jimmer, but he has enormous potential as a player.

    I met Jake shortly after he arrived on campus at a missionary farewell dinner for a BYU football player who was Brandon Davies' best friend in high school.

    Jake was quietly sitting at a table by himself and I didn't even notice him until my son pointed him out.

    Don't mistake confidence for arrogance. Someone who has worked as hard as Jake has and has made himself into one of the best young college quarterbacks has a right to have extreme confidence in himself and set the bar at the highest level.

    Jake still has a long way to go to reach the level of the other great BYU quarterbacks, but he has the potential to be better than all of them, and when you're talking great BYU quarterbacks, you're talking about some of the great college quarterbacks of all time.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Aug. 26, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    Heaps hasn't played even one game as a sophomore. Same thing for most of his receivers and tightends. Anyone with a brain can recognize Heaps poise, accuracy, and arm strength. Whether he makes the jump to greatness won't be determined until later - maybe even his junior or senior season. If it happens this season, all the better.

    To all of you Ute trolls. Go read the article about Chow comparing Wynn to Detmer. This is Wynn's junior year so if he is like Detmer, you had better start the hype on Wynn's Heisman season. Miracles happen.

  • Starfarer Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 26, 2011 9:45 a.m.

    I've been trying to come up with something to say....

    But the honest truth, the ute fan / BYU haters comments on this are so stupid that I lack a pithy comment.

    u really want to get into an argument about a comparison about the greatness of two BYU players?

    u loose either way. Neither went to the u.

  • cks1450 LOS ANGELES, CA
    Aug. 26, 2011 9:17 a.m.

    This is not an apples to apples comparison.

    Fredette in his Senior year did what nobody before him did in one sense. He took shots from way outside that would be embarassing to even consider for the vast majority of college players, and he made them with a high level of consistency. There are few players that shot from way beyond the three point arc with a player right in their face and made a high percentage of their shots the way Fredette did. His elevation on his jumpshot was out of the ordinary and his concentration was top level. Many more times, players wouldn't even guard him because they didn't even think he would consider shooting from so far away. He made those unguarded shots too.

    In order for Heaps to reach that kind of status, he has to become unusually good in an extrordinary way.

    But the biggest difference, Jimmer's personality is very different from Heaps. Jimmer's unassuming nature, a refreshing change in these times, combined with his game is what really put him in the national spotlight and created his huge following.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    I loved Steve Young's legendary comments when he was interviewed about being the second leading vote getter for the Heisman. Reporter asked: "Steve, how does it feel to be voted the second best college football player in the nation?" To which he responded (something like) "I'm not even the second best player in my locker room. I play with some great teammates, they all deserve to share in that honor." Or something close to that. Right now Heaps and Doman should be singing the praises of their All-American tackle Mr. Reynolds, who has earned the praise with a career of excellence - definitely not talking about becoming the next Jimmer.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    WOW! I think that Jake will become a good to great QB, but humble, and a laid back kind of guy. Not so much. There is not a more boastful person on any of the teams in the state than St Jake. National championship this, BCS that. I am all for being a confidant person, and you really need to be to play QB, but come on. Beat some good teams first, have a QB rating of something over 125 (by the way, a QB rating of 125 is not that good) against a team with a winning record, then start to predict the future of NC, and BCS games. I think those big wins will surely come, but lets wait to call him the next Jimmer. Jimmer was a once in a generation kind of player, and Heaps is not there yet. Not even close.

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    I am contantly amused by the way that BYU sets itself up to fail. You can set your watch each year to the preseason hype and the impossibly high expectations. I'm sure Heaps will be great (probably better than anything my Utes will come up with during his time), but why do you always do this to yourselves? I'm sorry, but the "Jimmermania" stuff was an outlier. It came and it went. It's probably not coming back. So why pin your hopes for the season on a return of "Jimmermania" now provided by Heaps? Looks like another "Quest for Perfection" year coming up.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Aug. 26, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    There's no doubt that Heaps improved dramatically in the second half of the season last year, but what's with the Jimmer talk? Heaps needs to get the job done against better opponents before we can even compare him to people like Brandon Doman, John Beck and Max Hall, let alone Jimmer. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he turned out to be really great, but he just hasn't done it yet. Perhaps we can discuss this if and when Heaps has a break out game against Ole Miss, Texas, Utah, UCF or TCU? At the very least he should have a good game against Utah State.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 26, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    We don't know if he'll achieve Jimmer status eventually, but I don't think "you got Jaa-a-aked" is the best choice.

    How 'bout working something out with "Heaps."

    Like "He Heaped on you pretty bad"


    "You're in Heaps of trouble"

    One things is for sure. There's no shortage of hero worship coming from the DN.

  • Ragnar Danneskjold Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    A lot of good comments on here from Cougars. Obviously an article baiting a lot of comments. BYU fans seem to realize that Heaps has a ton of potential, but still has a lot to prove. Could somebody please clue in the newspaper?

  • giantfan Farmington, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    I had a big smile on my face as I was reading this article, knowing that it was putting Ute fans into a tizzy. Thanks crowntown1 for confirming that!

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Aug. 26, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    "Doman notes that as a sophomore Heaps is performing at an equivalent or higher level than NFLers Max Hall and John Beck did when they were sophomores."

    That's nice talk, but let's get a couple of games under our belt. If you know what I'm saying.

    plyxply said: "Jimmer played well regardless of his competition, Jake Heaps played terrible against decent teams, his only good games were against horrible teams."

    Those terrible games were played by a freshman quarterback - I think things a a little different now, sir.

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    Aug. 26, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    Give Heaps time. He will get there.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    Jimmer played well regardless of his competition, Jake Heaps played terrible against decent teams, his only good games were against horrible teams. I usually love Brad Rock's columns, but this is ridiculous.

    Aug. 26, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    I liked the "HEAPS" football. I want one.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 26, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    Don't worry Rock...no need to get everyone in a tizzy. Heaps has got plenty of Zip Codes to Airmail to...some very good horses for his Ground Express... a tight security force to guard his Assets... a great tracking force to give him the extra eyes he needs to find the best Routes to take... and a great bunch of guys to make the turn around pickups and get a good volume of turn overs into his Hands. The Heaps delivery system will deliver the mail..better than the competition. It's not a one man show...no need to Fredette over anything.

  • belgie Tualatin, OR
    Aug. 26, 2011 7:31 a.m.

    Jake is not Jimmer. He says he's humble, but he's too outspoken for that to be believable. That's fine, but one thing that made Jimmer so popular nationally is that he let his game do all the talking. Jake has given more soundbites in one year at BYU that Jimmer did in four.

    Another thing is that Jimmer was an underground sensation. Lack of exposure made the country feel like they were discovering a hidden gem. Jake started his career in the spotlight and it will only intensify.

    I think Heaps will be really good. I hope so, at least. But, BYU will probably never see another Jimmer.

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Aug. 26, 2011 7:21 a.m.

    Media is trying to compare him to Jimmer. A fabricated story to get readers riled up on both sides.
    Only 8 more days until real football stories can begin.

  • Max for President Brighton, MA
    Aug. 26, 2011 1:48 a.m.

    "Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value."
    -Albert Einstein

    Don't get me wrong, I love BYU. But Jake, you haven't done anything yet. Lets stop the Grammy Award speeches until you can beat Utah State. Your comments should be "There is no comparison between Jimmer and me." Because there isn't.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Aug. 25, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    Heaps is not Fredette yet


    Give Wynn a chance. He's Ty Detmer.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    If Jake gets a better name, he will come close to Jimmer. Jimmer has the aura, Jake kind of doesn't...let's just hope we don't have to call him Jake the Flake though. I think that those kool aid drinking Cougars should be much more pleased about Jake though than a flu stricken, shoulder injured, long haired guy who needed canes after losing to the Cougars in overtime. Long live Jake Heaps.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 25, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    "I'm sick and tired about hearing from BYU fans"

    First, you were the first to comment, so I don't know how you heard from any BYU fans.

    Second, there's a simple solution . . . quit reading BYU articles and our comments. U seem to be obsessed with BYU articles and making comments about our comments. If you don't want to hear about BYU, find something else to read.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 25, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    If Jake wins big games this year (Ole Miss, Texas, Utah, , UCF, TCU, Hawaii) he will quickly move onto the radar. But I think he'll need to deliver a BCS birth or win to achieve Jimmer status.

    When Jimmer lit up Arizona his Junior year, he grabbed the nation's attention. But it wasn't until he consistently delivered in big games his Senior year that he begame a legend.

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    Aug. 25, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    Say what Brandon Doman, Jimmer is the best?
    What about athletes that actually proved themselves after college like Danny Ainge or Steve Young?

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    Aug. 25, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    Are you guys serious? How do you guys make this sruff up? No wonder all Y fans are drinking the kool aid that the D news feeds them. Because I'm sick and tired about hearing from BYU fans about would coulda shoulda's that's all they got. "Is this year they bust the BCS"?? NOPE! Truly the definition of insanity come into play here.