BYU football: Jake Heaps unafraid of lofty expectations


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  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    BYU is a joke!

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 31, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    BYU is so not impressive in the 21st century. C'MON?

  • Bastiatarian TUCSON, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    >before BYU wins a big game in the 21st century

    What do you mean by "big game?"
    Do you mean something like beating Oklahoma in what was essentially a home game for the #3 Sooners?
    Or do you mean repeatedly beating a bunch of Pac-10 teams, including a thumping of No. 18 Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl?
    Or beating a No. 15 TCU at TCU?
    Or do you mean beating a top-25 Utah?
    Or maybe you mean recovering from a horrible start to the season to win a bowl game in a major shellacking of UTEP (not a great team, but a shellacking is a shellacking)?

    If you don't mean anything like that, then I suppose BYU hasn't won any big games in the 21st century.

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:45 a.m.

    I would like to know how much longer this hype is going to go on before BYU wins a big game in the 21st century? This type of attitude and no significant results is getting really OLD quick!

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    I guess the D News monitors will not publish anything that contradicts the BYU hype that is constantly presented in articles. I think that is wrong.

  • az roadrunner Apache Junction, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    As a Washington Husky, I was chagrinned when Jake Heaps chose BYU over the Huskies and Steve Sarkisian. And I'm still ticked off, after 27 years, that the 1984 Cougars got voted in as national champions over the Huskies. Nevertheless, I wish Heaps and the Cougars the best - except when they play Washington.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 29, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    My sentiments exactly. Things stated by the opposition on the bulletin board can be very motivating. Just ask Boise State about the "Girlsie State" comment from the Utah player. The great athletes and great teams keep all their goals to themselves and do their talking with their performance on the field.

    Jake is potentially a great QB. But that is ALL he is right now. And he is way too willing to shoot his mouth off to the media about how great he and the team are going to be. Before the season has started he has provided lots of bulletin board material for opposing teams.

    Please Jake and Bronco, one game at a time. The only goal right now should be to beat Ole Miss. Then next week, to beat Texas, and so forth.

    I am sure I will be castigated here for criticizing our "star" player, but I am one BYU fan who thinks he talks too much.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Aug. 29, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    I agree that Heaps should be seen and not heard. Loose lips sink ships. Bulletin board stuff. Speak softly and carry a big stick.

    BYU hasn't played a single game yet. Let's let the score do the talking. You don't hear Jimmer talking about how great he is. His game does the talking.

    I think Heaps is special. Barring injury, he should be a great BYU quarterback. But he isn't yet. I hope Ole Miss doesn't have his picture on the team bulletin board.

  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 12:20 a.m.


    Here's a free tip courtesy of Vince Lombardi: "There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again."

    Big words, right? Drawing a target on the back, right? Of course, let's remember that this is the same guy that won 5 NFL championships and the first 2 Super Bowls.

    I'm going to guess his confidence, swagger, and attitude had a lot to do with that.

    Jake has to prove himself on the field, obviously, but I've got no problem with his confidence or swag, just like I have no problem with Jordan Wynn saying he's as good as any of the PAC 12 QB's.

    One more tip to U fans from Vince Lombardi, free of charge: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

    Maybe if U fans and players didn't think that winning a NC was impossible, they'd actually win one. I haven't heard anything from U fans, players, or coaches about them winning a national championship.

    Go Cougars!

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    "the real mission" of the football team is to play football. Using the football team as a marketing tool is beneath the faith and misguided.

  • Jimmy James Salt Lake City, Ut
    Aug. 28, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    Ugh. I'm disgusted by how everyone is describing Heaps:

    "Swagger", "Confidence", "Attitude"...

    I think he will turn into a great QB because he can absolutely throw the ball, but, his "swagger, confidence, and attitude" are hurting him and the BYU team.

    Here's a free tip courtesy of the Utah team: Don't draw a target on your back by talking yourself up. If you set yourself on a pedestal, don't be surprised when somebody else comes and knocks you off. Keep the talk low, fly under the radar, and then let your play on the field do the talking for you. Talking big is not an endearing quality.

    Also, in regards to Heaps representing the LDS church, here is another word you might want to consider in describing him:

    Pride. (As in the kind that goeth before destruction...)

  • BCMom Brigham City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    @Glenn A

    I know what you mean....it's a small peeve (not peave!) of mine as well!

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering" Advice from Max Hall to Jake.

  • Bastiatarian TUCSON, AZ
    Aug. 28, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    >How do you concentrate on your assignments and game plan when you're so wrapped up in a silly routine.

    Routine (even a so-called meaningless routine) helps bring psychological order and focus the mind. Most serious athletes have such a routine, some stranger than others. In my baseball days, I always put my socks on in the same order (left then right). That simple routine served as a type of liminal space during which everything was "put in its proper place," so to speak, and after which my focus was completely on the game.

  • Bastiatarian TUCSON, AZ
    Aug. 28, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    >as a memeber of the LDS faith I am very uncomfortable with all the "representing the LDS faith" talk coming out of Provo.

    As a member of the LDS faith I am very comfortable with players, coaches, and staff of the BYU football team understanding what the real mission of the university and the football team is and having the integrity to state their dedication to that mission clearly and publicly.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    Love the enthusiasm from Jake and Coach Doman about striving to achieve high expectations.

    @ Ute Fan(s)?

    Sorry, but I'm getting tired of you over here. How 'bout heading over to "your" articles and following "your" team?

    You might just find there's enough confidence, excitement, and enthusiasm to draw from "your" players, coaches, and administrators as you embark on the PAC12 quest instead of investing so much misspent energy on your rival. What a concept!

    It's time to boost your own rather than tear down the little brother, non-AQ, mid-major, non-BCS, Indy that you promised would be in the rear-view mirror of irrelevancy when you took road trips to exotic locales like the Coliseum, Pasadena, and the Valley of the Sun. You're first up on Thursday (in case you hadn't realized it).

    Good luck Utes (except on Sept. 17th)

    Go Cougars! Beat Ole Miss!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Aug. 28, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    Maroon 5? ....oh the boys down at O'l Miss or going to have there way with this guy.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    Da Jake! Da Jimmer! Da Bronco!

    Who would win a national championship first? Mini Jake or the entire PAC 12? Jake by himself can take on am entire army as long as da Bronco is supporting him.

    So what about Da Jimmer vs. The 2001 Bulls? It isn't even fair, Jimmer by 32.

    Da Jake Jake Jake.

  • ZelphExists Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 3:11 p.m.

    The closest thing that Heaps will ever be to QB greatness, will be meeting Aaron Rodgers.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Aug. 28, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    Maroon 5? Really? BYU's starting quarterback listens to Maroon 5. They're doomed.

  • Mountain Cat Oceanside, CA
    Aug. 28, 2011 2:01 p.m.

    I am wary about boastful statements from Bronco and Heaps.

    Do you remember the Quest for Perfection? In that season it was Utah that turned out to be perfect.

    Let's remember that BYU is unranked. We are barely favored over another unranked opponent. WE have a lot to prove on the field before we talk about national championships and other such things.

    Go Cougs!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 28, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    The superstition thing is a little scary:

    ' "I have a lot of superstitions. I'd say the whole pregame is a superstition. I put my pads on a certain way. It has to go a certain way. If I do anything different, I take it off and put it back on and remind myself of what I did. It's very stressful, but I have to do it."'

    How do you concentrate on your assignments and game plan when you're so wrapped up in a silly routine. I really don't understand superstitions but I guess if it calms the mind, then good for him.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    Good luck to Heaps and the rest of the team but as a memeber of the LDS faith I am very uncomfortable with all the "representing the LDS faith" talk coming out of Provo.
    My point is that it comes off as tacky and self concious. The soft sell is a much better approach and less off puting than the in your face religiosity that Bronco has chosen.
    After the comments From Daniel Sorenson and all the religious talk from Bronco and Heaps this week, maybe the pads should do the talking.

  • Glenn A. Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 10:31 a.m.


    As a Ute fan I don't necessarily disagree that Heaps could be all of those things you mentioned. He certainly has impressive talent, and it wouldn't surprise me if he meets all of the lofty expectations. Just a small pet peave I wanted to get off my chest that applies to many other posters as well: when discussing how well a supporting cast fits around a particular player, the word you're looking for is "complEment" not "compliment."

    Good luck to your team this season.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 28, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    It will be interesting what both sides of this discussion will be. Seems to me from the tone of this article that as far as what Jake was saying... that his remarks contained a decidedly and generous amount of confidence in the overall talent of the team...and not a self grandizing of himself as the center of BYU's goals and objectives to become a prevailing top Collegent Football program. The only I's being mentioned were from Doman who was basically stating the confidence that he has in Jake to lead the team. We'll justhave to see what Hedgie and Chrissy and a few others will attempt to leed off with to see how far from the obvious the discussion will wander.

  • Cougar_Independence OMAHA, NE
    Aug. 28, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    Got to love the swagger and confidence in this kid! If it wasn't for a restrictive offensive coordinator last year, Jake would have had even better numbers last year. Now that restraint is gone, and Doman will allow this kid to throw big numbers on the scoreboard!

    BYU's offense this year will be great! 50+ points per game!

    Just 6 more days! Can't wait!

    Go Cougs!

  • Randy01 Lees Summit, MO
    Aug. 28, 2011 7:43 a.m.

    Maybe Matt Reynolds should be the one talking about "representing the LDS faith".

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 5:57 a.m.

    Trolls in 3... 2... 1...

    Ha, Ha! Biggest difference between Jake Heaps and other QBs... NOT injured, no mental cobwebs, has the attitude to deliver, has the offensive machine to compliment him and that #1 bullet arm talent to go with it.

    This is going to be quite fun, especially in 3 weeks.

    Go Jake, GO Cougars!

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Aug. 27, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    This is going to be a very fun year for BYU football. Jake isn't Jimmer, but he has a lot of the same qualities -- grit, determination, self confidence -- that gave us Jimmermania.