bball,BYU is only a joke to know nothing non fans who apparently
have Heap's picture tacked to the ceiling above their beds. Wow, you probably
have a little voodoo doll of Riley as well, sot you can stick little hate pins
in him while frothing at mouth.Not want anything to improve? As always,
you don't make sense and in fact are a veritable cornucopia of contradiction.
Both these young men played against the same team, one for almost 3 full
quarters, the other, just over one. One had all the 1st O snaps up to that
point, all year, and was losing the game. The other, well, it's not basketball,
so maybe it's a little tough for you to grasp, but the other came in and played
football while inspiring and lifting the game of 21 other football players. Regarding D1 level athletes, you obviously have not played any sport beyond
high school, if even then, or you would have a little more respect for the level
of athlete it takes to be honored a spot on ANY D1 roster. Take a look at the
pros to see the diversity of schools they come from.Keep hating.
Jake Heaps is on the bench because of his inability to throw the ball accurately
this season. It was embarrassing that at one point in the USU game, ESPN began
counting his "Overthrows" and posting them as a stat on the
television.Not being able to throw the ball accurately is not a
"maturity" issue where "once he grows up" he'll start
hitting receivers. It's baffling, I don't know that anyone can explain it. I
don't even know if Jake Heaps can explain it. The fact of the matter is, he
can't consistently hit receivers this year so he's not playing.
So, I just did the math and found that Riley nelson averages 7.6 yards per play
that he attempts (throwing or running). Heaps, on the other hand, averages about
4.5 yards per play. Nelson averages 12.1 plays per quarter, while Heaps averages
10.3 plays per quarter. Combining both of these averages lets us know what each
quarter back would have done had they played the whole season up to this point.
Heaps would have 1301 total yards....Nelson, 2511 yards!!! This doesn't even
take into consideration the number of TD's each player accounted for (Heaps 4,
Nelson 8). Now one can argue that Heaps had tougher opponents, but I would have
to disagree. The Utah game was an anomaly (when it rained it poured. I think
with Nelson in the game, the team overall would have played better, knowing they
didn't have to force things as much (because Riley scores touchdowns). So here
is the math, NelsonX2 ≥ Heaps.
Heaps would do great back in the 1980's under Edwards but that was then. Heaps
was subjectively #1 in High School but is now average and exposed in college.
Nelson was the spark and Nelson helped create the running game. Shame that
Nelson wasn't brought in after half-time of both the Texas and Utah games. If
that had happened might be undefeated and in the top 10? BYU needs to go after
quarterbacks that are scramblers like young, nelson, tebow and quite recruiting
one-dimensional ones like Heaps. In any case I hope it becomes a blow-out to
see if heaps can hit the receivers and score 3 or 4 touchdowns. If not then
transfer heaps, good riddance.
SoUtHapaAnd that is why BYU nation will continue to love being the
joke of a football program. Because we should all just sit back and enjoy BYU
beating up on a bunch of bottom D1 teams. Sounds just like a typical fan that
does not want anything to improve. Lets see if we can schedule all D2 and D3
teams so you can be happy with a ten win season. LOLBy the way Riley
is a great kid. But he is not a D1 qb, if he was playing against real teams he
would be getting killed. Just look at his TO's and what's even scarier is the
ones that he threw right to guys that dropped them. And that again is against
bad teams.. nothing to sit back and enjoy if you are a true fan of good
sheriffcreg-sorry, he's not wanted at Utah!!! It's one thing for a coach to play
at a school and then coach somewhere else, but once you decide as a player, you
don't switch sides in a rival situation. We don't take the Y's has beens, we
have other recruits who choose Utah first, let's put our time into them. They
made the right choice from the beginning.
@sheriffPlease I hope Heaps listens to you. May I quote Ferris
" Are you still here / Go its over go home " That would be a very
We'd be happy to take you at Utah Heaps. You have better receivers, a better
group of RBs, and better coaches to work with. Heaps has a great
arm, he just needs to sit it out and mature a little bit. Maybe use his red
shirt year to transfer schools. :) He is one of the few players
who I think a mission would have served him well - Get his ego down to a healthy
level before taking the reigns at a Div. I school with a lot of hype.
Best thing that could happen at this point is for Heaps to redshirt next year
and let Riley and Lark run the show. That would give Heap's two more years of
You know I keep coming back to a one point win against a bottom dweller Ole Miss
and a one point loss to Texas, one point games and there are those who stiil
believe this kid is awesome weird.Heaps production was 3 offensive
touch downs when he was finally replaced. I do not understand why he is still
held up as the messiah of the BYU football program or the future or anything
more then another QB on the depth chart or simply a member of the practice squad
I hope Jake uses this time to learn all he can, and eat a small slice of humble
pie. With every commentator and coach praising him to the skies last year and
this, he has gotten a big head. And his play on the field for the first five
games did not measure up to all the hype. Nelson is a breath of
fresh air. He seems to genuinely love the game and the chance to be on the field
and compete. Everyone around him (fans included) feed off of his energy. Heaps
does NOT have this energy. Sorry. The best thing Jake can do right now is watch,
learn and cheer.
For heaps to regain the starting spot he needs to come face to face with the
truth about himself, what ever that is and only he knows the center of his
struggles.Some here have speculated that all he needs to do is wait
for Riley to get hurt again and that will place him back as the starter. Hello
that is where his was and that did not work. It will only work if he preforms up
to the at the level of play that Riley has now set. Anything less and he is back
ridding the pines.
bball,Can't argue with anything you just said...because you don't make any
sense! Now you are blaming Riley for what, the schedule, Heaps
immaturity, other potentially over hyped candidates getting scared away, maybe?
Riley sure is influential. I wonder if he knows how much pull he has? Crazy that
he wouldn't have been able to declare himself the starter at the beginning of
the season with all this power. Maybe Riley should not play so hard or care
about winning or show his fearlessness on the field to justify your disdain for
him.Nah! He'll probably just continue giving everything he has on
the field, whether you, and everyone like you, like it or not.
I love that there are always a couple posters on these articles saying that what
Heaps really needs is to serve a mission.They should probably
consider how his wife would feel about that.
SoUtHappa,Very happy now thanks, As a BYU fan I can promise you that other
top rated QB are watching this (including Tanner) and know that there is better
options out there and this includes Tanner who will go else where. And cougar
fan will continue living in this dream of how good we are, when all along we are
not and wont be in the near future. And when I say good its not beating the
power house that wehave been such as:San Jose State, Oregon ST, Weber, Idaho,
Idaho St. Man we are so good, and BYU fan should be thrilled with this winning
streak.Thanks to Riley.BYU fan mentality= as long as we win (this
powder puff scheduel) and have a better record than utah, so we can say ya you
killed us by 44 however, look at our record. Man we our really good. lol
Word for those insistent on Heaps serving a mission: that ship has passed. Dude
is married.I'd like to think Doman is professional enough not to
take personally comments like "our offensive coordinator is gaining
experience like the rest of us." But, my goodness, young Mr. Heaps, that's
a really stupid thing to say.
Mendenhall is in the same situation that Edwards was with McMahon and Wilson.
Edwards red shirted McMahon and Wilson had a stellar senior year. The same
thing ought to happen to Heaps. Red shirt him next year, let Nelson finish and
bring him back for two stellar years.
I hope that Jake can learn from Riley's example. After Riley's shoulder healed,
Bronco said that he would run punt coverage on the special teams. Teammates
notice and respect that kind of passion for the game. I think that Jake's sense
of entitlement and the inexperience of Coach Doman combined to blast the kid's
self confidence.The good is that this can be fixed. Do whatever you
can to stay ready to contribute to this team. Don't mope along the sidelines,
fight to regain the starting role. If you don't get it this year, then do
everything that you can to regain it next year.And know where your
helmet is ... just in case!
I can't help but think that if the running game had been what it is now (I am
speaking of the success of Alisa) earlier in the season, BYU would be 6-1, Heaps
would still be the starter, and, while it wouldn't be NFL or Heisman talk, he
would be receiving praise at this point in the season despite losing to Utah.My hope (even as HUGE Riley Nelson fan) is that the team plays Heaps for
most or all of the second half against ISU just to make sure he is loose in case
they need his arm against TCU, a team that has shown some weakness to the deep
pass, but who is athletic and quick enough to give a runner like Nelson fits.BYU wins against NMSU, Idaho, and Idaho State with either guy and if
Heaps has the greater potential (which I still think the coaches believe), then
you need to get him reps against a team like ISU to build confidence for the
future and in case we need him against TCU.
Saint Heaps has guaranteed a national championship! He'll just be doing it from
the sidelines as a cheer leader.I doubt the cougars could ever go
for a NC, considering they're non-bcs and are independent. They would have to
go undefeated for several years to get high enough in the poles to have a remote
chance of getting in. We know this year isn't their year.
Re: SportsFann "I predict if Riley finishes the season as the starter Heaps
will jump ship, go on a mission." Sorry to tell you, but the only mission
he'll serve is 40 years from now with his wife. Dude is already married, my
Heaps is the future. He has talent - we've all seen it before. Doman needs to
do all he can to make sure Heaps stays. BUT, the last thing Heaps needs is to
JakeIt's about paying your dues. If your performance had equalled
your hype, we would not be having this discussion. But it did not.You may have an NFL arm in practice, but being a "Football Player"
is another story. All of the Great BYU QB's were "Tough". Name us one
that was not. You, at this point, are "Soft". We've seen
you slide out of plays when there were yards to be gained. We've seen you fail
to cover a botched snap, for fear of getting hit. We've seen your happy feet and
an inability to check receivers.We've seen your inaccuracy...If you think there is greener grass and another program will just hand it to
you, then move on. They'll make you earn it as well.Jake, Great BYU
QB's came before you, and great ones will come after you. You were annointed far
too soon, and for that I blame the Coaching staff. However, you did nothing to
justify their "Premature" confidence in you.Nearly every
great QB to come through BYU, never even started before their Jr. Year.Volunteer for special teams, become a "Football Player" and
"Earn" it.It's up to you.
bballjunkie,Relative, realist, who cares? You and patriot ought to put
yourselves, and the rest of us who are enjoying the revived offense and wins,
out of your misery and find something else to watch.Why be so miserable?
C'mon, be happy!
The fact is that Heaps was the starter at the mid of last season and than lost
his quarterback position to the backup quarterback, because of game performance
and not due to an injury. Riley will continue to be the starting quarterback
unless he gets injured or has poor performance, as its unlikely BYU would want
to use two starting quarterbacks. As it would be hard for the offensive squad
and easy for opponent defenses to predict what BYU was going to do.
Wayne of El Paso, you are a wise man. Jake, stick this out and you could be as
great as you and everyone believed you would be. We want it for you. This may
be the best thing that could have happened for your career.GO
I'm also *really* disappointed in his coy little answer about whether or not he
will transfer. The right answer is: "I am a BYU Cougar. I will do
whatever they need me to do to have the team succeed." If it
is all about you, then go somewhere else, and good riddance.
I predict if Riley finishes the season as the starter Heaps will jump ship, go
on a mission and play elsewhere. I've always thought it has to brutal when your
whole like you have been so much better than anyone on the field and then in
college things equal out. I really hope Heaps stays at BYU, but if I had to bet,
I say no. Whatever happens, he';s a good kid and I hope he does well.
Anyone who feels Jake got shafted by being benched has not been paying
attention. He has a lot to learn about grit, poise, and leadership from Nelson.
A player who stands there and watches a defender run an interception past him
into the end zone, or slides two yards short of a first down to avoid being hit
does not deserve the starting job in big-time football, regardless of his innate
skills. Heaps has plenty of potential. It is all on him to tap it and become a
D-1 QB. Riley earns his starter role every game since they put him in. And
anyone who is still saying he can't throw didn't watch the OSU game.
Heaps is on the bench because of his play not because of coaching or any other
excuse. The opportunities were there for Heaps to make plays and he didnt get it
done. Against Central Florida and Utah State he had recievers wide open a number
of times and his throws were all over the place. I think 95% of it is mental, he
just doesnt have any confidence and doesnt trust his teammates. He played scared
and hurried his throws in order to try and avoid taking a hit. I honesty think
redshirting would do him some good, kid needs to mature and learn how to become
a leader. He has got to toughen up and gain the respect of his teammates. I like
him and he has all the tools to be a great QB but he has alot to learn.
Hopefully benching him is what he needs, he needs to be humbled and maybe if he
gets another opportunity this season he will take advantage of it and play well
but if he doesn't he should consider redshirting.
It is hard to know what happened. Marriage is part of it. Team chemistry is a
part. Standing there watching his pick six head toward the end zone without
trying to stop it cost him dearly with team mates and fans. Leadership is a
funny thing. It is hard to earn but easy to loose.
If Heaps transfers, it will be for the best. Heaps transfering will show he
is/was about himself and not the team. If he stays, it shows he is willing to
tough it out and learn from his mistakes and work for something he wants. If he
leaves we got Taysom Hill coming in and then Tanner Mangum after that. BYU will
be just fine? I also want to see Lark given a chance. He has the tools to be
If the patience you guys are showing in regards to Heaps is the same patience
you guys display with your family, then I feel really bad for your family. Let
the kid grow up, please. You can resume these negative comments during his
senior year if he is still as he is now.
Scrambling qbs always get hurt, Heaps will be back.
Heaps should transfer. He needs a fresh start.
Heaps just looks weak. He was supposed to be the next superstar but we hear that
all over the country. College ball is not the same as high school ball just like
the NFL is not College ball. There have been many awesome college ball players
that never made it in the NFL. Such is sports. Like any sport in life, some make
it and some don't. For the moment Heaps has not. Will he ever, only time will
tell but I think he will need to be a lot tougher if he wants to.
Does Jake own a sledgehammer. I don't like to revel in another
person's failure, but Jake didn't produce a spark for his team. How
strong your arm is, or the form in which you throw the football, is not the core
of what makes a QB successful. Can you stand in the pocket? Can you stay
mentally strong in times of physical and mental stress? Can you encourage and
lead your team mates? Can you be durable? Can you handle the weather? Can you
read defenses. Can you be consistent in all of this? Personally, even though
Jake Heaps is a younger player, I don't know that he will ever have toughness
and moxy. Riley Nelson has the QB package of traits in his heart.
Will he be a great QB? I doubt it. That said, he gets everything out of himself,
and his team follows him and his courage.
I think getting married is what's bringing him down. Is it true he got married
so people would stop hassling him to go on a mission?
What I noticed with Jake was that he was hurried, harried, in comparison to
Riley, who was more mature, taking a look at option 2, then 3, and moving around
to buy more time as needed. Jake just needs to settle down, play fearless and
confident. He cannot be afraid to take a hit, be a footballer, as this isn't
tennis.The offensive line was not protecting well with Jake, and the
receivers were dropping passes, even some of the well thrown ones. The o-line
has great athletes, but hadn't been providing either the holes for the rbs or
the protection you might expect. That played right to Riley's scramblin game.
Touch situation for Heaps??? What? How about James Lark? Heaps had over 14 games
to prove if he's that starting QB,and he's proved he isn't but how about
Lark,not given a chance at all,he should have taken the offers he got from
Arizona or UCLA instead of going back to BYU,sorry James, looks like holding the
clipboard for your college career is going to be it,and you are the best QB of
IF Nelson survives this season healthy, and that's a huge if the risks he takes
in running the ball, Heaps will transfer at the end of the season. There's is
zero chance he would stay next year and play behind Nelson again. And Apo will
surely follow him out. Those two are tied to the hip. The realities of major
college football. Some times life lessons are hard.
This isn't the kid that was going to be an All-American & Heisman trophy
winner recruited from Washington that was going to make everybody forget the
many good QB's at the "Y" is it? Oh my gosh!
Don't give me the baloney that Doman's new offense has thrown Heaps off his
game. He's a FOOTBALL player. Run the plays they give you. Doesn't matter if
Doman's offense passes less than Anae's; when Jake passed the ball he missed his
receivers terribly: under thrown, thrown too hard, sailed way over their heads.
You can't blame Doman for Jake looking the other way on the pick six so wouldn't
have to tackle the guy he gifted the ball to, or hook sliding well before the
threat of a tackle, or ducking as he's throwing a pass when pass rushers are
breathing down his neck.I've said it before, Jake the yellow jersey
off Jake in practice, toughen him up a little and he'll be fine. He's got the
tools; now if he just add the heart and grit.
>I predicted Austin Collie being a bust in the NFLWow. So...you
never watched him play in college?!
Transfer man. No future in Provo.
@StarfarerIt's a comment board. Hence it is a place for people to
express their opinions. I think you are kind of missing the point here... It's
football, if people want to talk negatively or positively about Heaps or Nelson
as a football player let em do it. It's a part of the game. Nothing personal. If
people think their comments are bad, they will let them know.
Jake I don't blame you if you leave at all. Why stay at a program that can't
develop QB's like they use to. Use that red shirt and find a school and fan base
who will support you.To bad Southappa and St George to slc fan. Not
a relative but a realist.
Stay in there dude.
Ever since I predicted Austin Collie being a bust in the NFL, my judgement is
suspect. I don't pretend to be an expert, just another fanatic with an opinion.
With disclaimer Mr Patriot has a serious point to consider. Brandon
Doman is new, great scamble play maker though was not a pure quarterback
himself. Is this hurting Heaps? Maybe, I don't know.With Heaps the
one thing I notice is his physical toughness. I'm sure he is tougher then me but
he strikes me as so risk avoidance how can he possibly play this position when
the heat is really on? I remember Ty Detmer taking stitches on his chin, gluing
gauze or something on his chin, running out and beating Miami. I don't see that
kind of toughness from Heaps. I see him throw the ball and duck for cover. When
an interception is thrown he is the last to pretend like he is trying to make a
tackle.All of this will sort out, and clearly Coach Doman has lots
to learn though if they can continue to build...I just hope what is hurting
Heaps is Heaps, not the coaching.Then again, I said Collie would
Heaps has struggled, but he has played the hardest part of the schedule and he
had to deal with breaking the whole team into a new offense, it takes time for
things to click. Nelson clearly has the leg up on him in leadership, fight, and
maturity and that's what a young struggling BYU team needed when they made the
switch. It was the right move. I dont think it matters who is the QB the rest of
the way. But what does matter is how Heaps handles the situation. If he is put
into the game, he needs to be a leader and show some fight to earn his job back.
If they stick with Riley, he needs to be humble, learn what he can, redshirt
next year if he isn't the starting QB, and come back for 2 great years when he
is ready.If he takes the cowards way out and transfers, that shows the
character he really has. If he isnt competitive enough to earn the starting spot
in college he never has a chance to make it to the NFL which has been his goal
all along. And we dont want a guy like that
Agree with much of what has been said. Heaps looked good against weak sisters
and wasn't bad against Utah in Anae's offense. Improved and looked great in the
bowl game. This year, with new offense, but same people, pretty much, he
disintegrated. Got worse every game. Hurried throws. Looked scared, confused.He is 19 years old. He'll mature and may well be great. But he has to
earn his way. If he thinks that a transfer is a good option, he can look at some
of the other "great" QBs who transferred. None did well. Maybe some of
you guys with more time on your hands can look up the recent transfers out of
the BYU program.Jake, if you read this, take your lumps and learn.
McMahon was redshirted behind Mark Wilson. Young did not start until his junior
year. Learn your trade, work out and get stronger and tougher, and wait your
turn. Nobody is "entitled" to start for anybody, let alone at BYU.
"At this point, I really haven't given that any thought. It's too early to
talk about that stuff."That means "yes I am thinking about
it but I obviously can't say anything because it would ruin me right
now."Any answer other than, "No, I'm not going to
transfer" means "yes, I'm thinking about it."
Best thing for Jake would be a transfer from BYU to MTC. He would return with
some skills he is now lacking.
Has anyone considered the possibility that Heaps isn't as 'talented' as first
thought? I'm sorry, but he didn't play against really tough competition when he
was in this year.He BARELY beat Ole Miss...a miserable team.He
lost to Texas...a team that got CRUSHED by OU and beat the next week by OSU.He lost BIG to the arch rival at home...and Utah has yet to beat a quality
opponent.He very nearly lost to USU...a team that is only 2-4 (although,
probably better than their record indicates.)What is the big deal
about this guy? If he did transfer, would it be that be a deal? BYU has had
players like this before. Lots of Hype and usually forgotten in a year or two.
Runner,For a great QB, with "same talent" as Riley, he
sure does struggle with anyone half way decent.The storm your say he
got caught up in was created only by himself, he held that conference to
announce his decision to attend BYU.I find that hard to believe. The
games I have watched with him playing, he flat out stinks.Jake
should transfer, nobody wants him at BYU, maybe Western New Mexico State Tech
would have a use to him as the waterboy or something.
Look.....Heaps couldn't get it done....Does it mean his career is over? No WAY!
And Utah is no QB factory option either.....far from it!Stay with
the date who brought you.....prepare, execute and focus on your next chance! Be
ready this time.....Come out and hit your recievers and execute the game plan...
I just love armchair quarterbacks who get to sit back and pronounce their
intelligence on comment boards as if they knew what they were talking about.Please regale us some more about how much you understand what is going
on, what you think should be done, and who should be playing.Better
yet, lets get a TV crew to follow you around your job and point out all the
things that you don't do up to snuff and allow everyone else to make comments on
a comment board anonymously.
I'd like to see a couple of plays built into the game plan that gets Heaps out
on the field every game regardless of the score. They did the same thing for
Riley when Heaps was starting.
I can't believe I am in agreement with patriot's last post.
patriot,You may want to seek medical help for your depressed state.
Observations:A. You have obviously never met Riley. 5'10"?
No.B. Riley's passing has been much more accurate and efficient than
Jake's after just one partial and one full week of snaps.C. You sure seem
to think you know a lot about being on the bench, hmmm, wonder why?D. I
hope Heaps has a more optimistic outlook on his future than you do. You are a
bummer!E. If he doesn't, and he leaves, I wish him well but the offense
won't miss a beat. It's only gotten better so far.
Feel bad for this kid. His spoiled rich kid attitude certainly turns away many
people, and rightfully so. But there's no question Bronco and his staff deserve
a good chunk of the blame for his struggles. When you get an arrogant, full of
himself kid who sets unrealistic expectations for himself, that just fuels the
fanbase. Bronco/Anae/Doman whoever, should have knocked this kid off his perch
the day he walked on campus. They let his attitude fester, and it resulted in a
team who lost respect for him when he did not play well. The kid
has terrific physical tools, just doesn't have the mental ability to lead a
team. He's always focused on leading himself. Until that changes, he'll be the
most highly touted clipboard holder in the country.
Patriot- good insight. Another ? though, Most of the talk last year was fans
wanting to get rid of Anae, maybe not you, but it seemed like that was what you
coug fans were wanting. Is that fair? I like the statement about Smith, I knew
he could be a decent QB with the right hands leading him, and it looks like that
may now happen. I think you are right, Heaps will transfer.
I think the smartest thing Heaps can do with his talent is transfer. BYU isn't
the QB factory it once was and it doesn't have the coaching it needs for Heaps
type of style.
re:joseywalesYes and he played GREAT as a true freshman last year
under Robert Anae. Every BYU fan that paid attention was thinking Heaps would
pick up where he left off last year.... and then came Brandon Doman as offensive
coordinator. Heaps .. from the jump .. had no feel for the Doman offense and
that isn't going to change going forward. Doman was a run-first QB when he
played under Crowton and Heaps is a QB that would really fit well in a Norm Chow
type system which favors true drop back passers (Ty Detmer, Carson Palmer,
etc...). There is a reason why Nelson is doing well under Doman and Heaps isn't
and it has NOTHING to do with throwing the football or the mental part of the
game either. Heaps proved last year that even as a freshman he had the mental
part mastered. Look at Alex Smith with the 49ers and what a change in coaches
has done for him. Alex is playing now like he played at the U under another
great coach - Urban Meyer. Heaps will and should transfer and BYU will be loser
out of that deal. Heaps will be a star elsewhere.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry after reading this article. I want to laugh
at the spin from Doman that "he hopes Jake stays at BYU" or that Jake
can some how learn alot from being benched. For anyone who has ever played
sports I 100% guarantee they would all agree that they learned NOTHING from
being benched - NOTHING!! Being benched means the coaches have no confidence in
you. If and when you ever get back in a game your self confidence is going to be
hurting too. Being benched means you stand around alot in practice and watch and
your skills become rusty...both physical and mental. Heaps is NOT and I repeat
NOT going to set on his tail for a year and a half behind a 5'10" QB that
can't throw the ball. Heaps knows that with his talent as a pure drop back
passer there are alot of offensive coordinators that would LOVE to bring Jake in
and mold him and help him reach his potential. Brandon Doman is NOT one of those
coordinators.. in fact I personally think Doman is and was a mistake as
coordinator at BYU.
C'mon, y'all...back off Jake. He is a great QB and will be a great QB. He just
got caught up in a bit of a "perfect storm", i.e., high expectations,
new coaching staff at both the OC and RB position, playing the toughest part of
the schedule, etc. I know people can say, well look what he did against USU,
yeah whatever, Nelson came in, brought some fire, some intensity, some
craziness, but at the end of the day, he was lucky.Riley and Jake
are about the same in terms of effectivness and talent, different playing
styles, but same level of talent. And if Nelson would have started the year,
who knows, maybe he is sitting on the bench right now. You never know.Hang in there Jake. Things will work out and this will be a strengthening
experience for you.
I hope Heaps doesn't transfer. He could still be great. He definitely wasn't
great this year though. He could learn a lot from Rilery Nelson and others and
have a great couple of years at the helm of BYU. The way Riley plays he could
also get a season-ending injury again any time (heaven forbid) and Heaps could
be back on top. I think if Heaps stays humble and faces his demons he could
have a long, awesome career. If he transfers away BYU will be okay, but Jake
will never be what he could have been.
Wasn't this the guy that MOST Cougar fans were comparing to Boscoe, Young,
McMahon, Detmer,etc... about this time last year? He was going to be the next
great one, wasn't he? What happened?