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Published: Sunday, Dec. 4 2011 1:00 a.m. MST

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Idaho Falls, ID

I really wish the writers for DN would quit encouraging Heaps to transfer. This is like the 4th article now, right? You really know how to make a kid feel welcome.

I honestly think Heaps will be much better off by remaining patient and staying put and redshirting a year. He'll probably get the reins in 2013. Besides, I don't think he'll garner much interest among significant D1 schools, especially with the promise of becoming a starter when he becomes eligible.


@ idablu,

i couldn't have said it any better. honestly, why does every writer think, and even encourage Heaps to transfer?? how would transferring be better than staying?? either way he has to redshirt. the biggest upside in staying is that he won't have to learn a new system. Heaps has every bit of potential to become a great QB, and what he needs to learn is to love the game the way Riley loves it, lead like Riley leads, and earn your starting job like Riley earned his.

Fruit Heights, Utah

Congratulations BYU for returning the program to the glory days by beating up on under 500 teams from second rate conferences losing only to teams with winning records, and missing out on the opportunity, not once but twice to move to ACQ conference. Heaps, go find a program that really cares about their program and give yourself a chance to be all that you can be.

Columbia, MO

Why the extended story about Heaps? Other players get less playing time and it's no big deal. The big story is that BYU is 9-3.

Houston, TX

I hope Jake stays. All he needs to become a great quarterback is more time, and a redshirt year would give him that time and leave two full seasons. I know it has been a tough year for him, but if he cuts and runs he fails to learn the lessons about overcoming adversity that will make him a better quarterback, and a better man.

Saint Paul, MN

Have to agree with idablu ...

A more forthcoming analysis of Riley's passes yesterday would have to indicate that he did not look sharp passing, significant yardage notwithstanding. He is no doubt gritty, and just playing following the injuries he sustained attests to that. About the only thing I could agree with from Mr. Harmon's article is that the receivers adjusted incredibly well ... though to passes that were slow to arrive, sometimes ill-advised, and frequently well off the mark. That there were no picks indicates how vulnerable Hawaii's pass defense was (as opposed to their initial run defense). This also points out just how misleading the QB-rating system is, for Nelson didn't look all that "on" ... again, yardage and stats notwithstanding.

It would have been interesting to see what Heaps would have done against that defense -- perhaps exceeding the previous two games' efforts, though we'll never know.

I love Nelson's grit and football toughness. He won't play beyond the Cougar Blue, however, at least not as a QB. Comparisons to Tebow are weakly associated (other than the distinction as a running quarterback - though not yesterday.) Tebow actually throws a better ball (heaven help us!) and performed (performs) his miracles against significantly better defenses than USU and Hawaii.

Heaps still has the potential to play at the next level. He has the arm that defines today's West Coast offense QB ... if he can gain the "killer instinct", and distinctive look in the eye that every confident QB leader seems to possess. On the sidelines and in the huddle, he doesn't yet seem to possess that "look" held by the likes of McMahon, Young, Detmer, Wilson ... and a slew of other non-BYU greats, who you felt by their demeanor would win on sheer determination, (perhaps that's Nelson's contributing attribute?!), much less talent.

Biggest kudos -- the Blue Defense. Incredible job, much to the credit of that (who is he?!) defensive coordinator / head coach, as well as tough-nosed players executing incredibly well!!

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

boatersteve | 6:30 a.m. Dec. 4, 2011
Fruit Heights, Utah

Congratulations Utah for returning the program to the glory days by choking big time to under 500 teams. Honestly, I thought UNLV was as low as the Utes could go.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

If Jake has any intelligence he'll stay. The biggest mistake of his career was when they started him over other more qualified players. He just wasn't ready to be the starter as a true freshman. The kid has talent and drive but the hype put him into a much too big spotlight. Given a red-shirt year he'll be in a better position to lead the Cougars to more 10-win seasons.

Stay Jake.. don't listen to the idiot media.


I feel it's great that BYU has won the WAC!!! Great job guys! 9-3 is an amazing record in the WAC

declo, id

Wasn't the arguement in the Mtn. West when BYU and Utah were there, that it was unfair to punish them for going 10-0 or whatever and not getting considered for a BCS bowl because they could only beat those on their schedule and they took them as they came.

Seems that is exactly what each team must do. That same arguement has been used against every non-automatic qualifying team yet, ie: Boise State, TCU, Houston, Utah et.al.

9-3 is a great year. 10-3 even better if it happens (still has not yet been played ragardless of the posts that BYU will win or that BYU has already lost)

Look at the future schedule through the next few years and you find some pretty big names on the schedule...however, there is no guarantee at this point how good any of them will be when the game is played. Pretty much like every conference, every scheule.

Gilbert, AZ

C'mon Dick. Riley may have grit, but he does not have a legacy. That's just ridiculous to say at this point.

Gorum The Old
Madison, AL

Ironic Fact.

Heaps, the guy with the huge arm, Has only 1 throw that was for longer than 29 yards this year (it was for 37 yards).

Nelson on the other hand has has completed at least 1 pass of 40+ yards in every game in which he has had more than 7 pass attempts.

And Heaps has 89 more pass attempts on the season.

I like Heaps. He has great potential. He is just not as effective as Nelson is right now. I say let Heaps redshirt in 2012 and comeback in to lead the Cougars to a BCS or even NC game in 2013.

That may sound rather extreme, but look at the timing. It will be Heaps 4th year in the system. On the offensive side of the ball he will still have Hoffman, Apo, Falslev, Quezada, Alisa and all of you TEs. Basically all of your skills positions will be 3rd year starters. There will be more movement on defense, but Kyle Van Noy will be a senior and under Bronco the defenses have usually been pretty good.

Now look at the schedule. Home: Texas, GerogiaTech, Utah, BSU.
Road: Houston, Notre Dame, Washington St. Pretty Good.


Interesting to note that UNLV also beat Hawaii by 3 touchdowns this year.

Salt Lake City, UT

Legacy??? Please, he hasn't beaten a team who is any good or going to a bowl game and BYU is unranked. But hey, the coaches love him so I'm sure he'll be a really good QB his senior year who will get us ranked, beat a good football team on our schedule and lead us to a victory in a meaningful bowl game? Sorry to break it to some fans but the Legacy of Shiede, Nielsen, Wilson, McMahon, Detmer, Young, Bosco & Sark is where it stops.


bYU schedule next year is as bad as this year. We will lose to Utah, and Boise. It a toss up with Utah state, ND and GT. ND isn't that great, but their NBC contact will pay us well we should join the Big 12, but our lawyer will not allow it!!!!

Truth Seeker
Wellsville, UT

If Jake transfers it will give people two years to complain about what BYU let get away. The media just loves a story. Please stay Jake! Please!

Highland, UT


Also "interesting to note" that Hawaii also beat colorado this year. And of course we all know who colorado beat.



oh and Sanjose also beat Hawaii..and that's when Hawaii still had there regular qb.

South Jordan, UT

Common-Tator | 8:31 a.m. Dec. 4, 2011
Saint Paul, MN

...He has the arm that defines today's West Coast offense QB...

How does someone who cannot throw across the middle be the definition of a West Coast offense QB.

I'm tired of this nonsense that we need to develop Heaps. That's exactly what we are doing. The best place for him right now is on the bench with a clipboard in hand.

Idaho Falls, ID

Heaps is gone, and all BYU fans better pray that Nelson doesn't get hurt in 2012; otherwise, it will be a long, dreadful season.

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