BYU football: Jake Heaps leaving BYU


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  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    Dec. 16, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    Long time Coug,

    2 snow aided wins huh? Yeah, the snow really aided us in the demolishing of UCLA, when they scored only 6 points. It snowed for all of 10 min in the first quarter, and was fine after that. We were the better team both nights. However, if it was not for your WEAK schedule, and had you played teams the caliber of Utah, TCU, Texas, USC, etc all year, you would not be in a bowl game this year. See, I can do it to, and make stupid assumptions.

  • Man About Town Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    I think this must be the motto of the Ute Fan/BYU Hater club that is said five times each day while facing south from RES:

    "Just so you know in my world its Hate Byu day 365 days a year, 24/7."

    Ute fans don't live for loving the Utes, they live to hate BYU!

    Thanks to Camera2Head for proving my point!

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 8:03 p.m.

    re: MJB | 2:53 p.m. Dec. 5, 2011

    And Maybe Brian Billick will be OC.

    Then, I've heard Steve Young will be the head of the Law School and teach a class on broadcast journalism

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    The apex of Jakes's career in Provo was the very 1st PC.

    I'll laugh if Heaps end up at a Pac12 school or a Big 12 or a big east

  • texor Round Rock, TX
    Dec. 7, 2011 4:50 a.m.

    Maybe Garrett Gilbert should reach out to Jake and exchange email addresses. They could chronicle their rise to greatness as No. 1 prospects out of high school to busts in college in the same year. Maybe a book deal or one of those ESPN documentaries. Gilbert transferred to SMU, where will Heaps transfer to?

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Dec. 7, 2011 12:04 a.m.

    "Utes have to be praying Jake goes to a Pac 12 team. He has been the best player for the Utes two games in a row now."

    Correction: He was your best player for you guys the last game. The game before that, Heaps was tearing you guys to shreds. That game the best player for the Utes were the guys in the stripes, a gifted win courtesy of the MWC.

  • buffalo72 SANDY, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Utes have to be praying Jake goes to a Pac 12 team. He has been the best player for the Utes two games in a row now. Certainly no reason he can't make it three or even four in a row if he shows up at a Ute opponents locker room.

  • barefeet KENT, WA
    Dec. 6, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    Hurray! It's about time.

  • 22ozn44ozglass Southern Utah, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    I for one think that Heaps should have never started his freshman year and possibly even redshirted his freshman year. He would have benefited from the time to learn and grow and get used to the college level game. Given time to develop, his talents would have been more polished and ready to be put to use on the field.

    I wish him well where ever he goes and I hope he gets the opportunity to grow and to start and prove himself. However, he does need to take a lesson from Nelson and that is the lesson of being mentally tough and not holding back out on the field.

    Nelson's winning hand is that he will do what ever he can to get the win.

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    Dec. 6, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    Jake Heaps may still have great success as a college quarterback but he'd better first decide to be a football player. Football is a violent sport requiring not only agility, speed and talent (like throwing a football hard and straight) but also toughness. I could be wrong but nothing I saw from Jake Heaps in any of his games indicated a willingness on his part to take a hit. That part of his game won't change just because he transfers to another school. While you have to admire the great talent that is Jake Heaps, give me a guy with Riley Nelson's heart to build my team around. And, don't expect anyone to leave with Jake. Apo and Hoffman will stay with a proven winner.

  • No Conference Will Take Us SEATTLE, WA
    Dec. 6, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    I seriously doubt that Heaps will end up at Washington. The feeling up here is that he already had his chance, was offered a scholarship and left for BYU instead. Even many WSU fans say take a pass on him.
    He will probably end up as others have said at Cal.

  • Noblepromise PROVO, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    BYU will recover from the loss of Heaps and the bigger question is how BYU recruits blue chip athletes and treats team. Will transfer of highly prized recruit like this put a disdain on BYU recruiting efforts? Other questions like BYU offensive under Doman is different than Anae and will it produce wins as Anae was hired in and Doman promoted within by Mendenhall? Heaps had the opportunity as starter since last season and lost it to Riley. Riley earned the starting position not due to injury like Heaps did last year. Players don't schedule their opponents but are expected to win against those scheduled before them. Same with assistant coaches are expected to have their players execute better than the opposing teams. BYU needs to toughen up their schedule if they want to be considered in the top 25. If BYU had this 9-3 season in PAC12, Big12, or Big East conference, BYU would be a top 25 ranked team by the pollsters (sports media and coaches) and playing in a far better bowl than Armed Forces bowl. Now if BYU wins this bowl game it will still probably be unranked due to indepdence schedule.

  • Portland Beavers SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 12:03 p.m.


    Up at the U making $120 grand a year coaching. Why go there, at least he was in the Sugar Bowl and they beat Alabama, he had a great game. What does this have anything to do with Jake Heaps leaving the y for a better oppurtunity.

  • Long Time Ute SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    long time coug

    What does snow have to do with Jake Heaps leaving the y for something better. I would expect something better from a lnog time coug.

  • Sloppyj30 Saint Louis, MO
    Dec. 6, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    I never understood all the gushing about Heaps' potential after watching him play a few games. Great arm, sure . . but since when has a great arm made a great QB? Ryan Leaf had a great arm, didn't he?

    Heaps had accuracy problems, decision-making problems (forcing throws that weren't there) and body-language problems. I honestly hope he becomes something close to what he was anointed to be (by dozens of scouts and pubs around the country, not just supposedly delusional BYU fans) somewhere else, but, man, does he have some work to do.

    To the guy that insisted he's second only to Andrew Luck in QB talent, I just must not know football as well as you do. Or something.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    Jake Heaps was undoubtably victimized by an inexperience quarterback coach and an offensive coordinator. Perhaps he was expected to do too much with the tools and talents he had coming out of high school. Some high school players are just given too many kudos coming out of that level of play. The transition from high school to Division I is huge. Jake is not a robo player. He needs more bulk, and it is questionable he can flourish in a bigtime program without the coaching, and players to help him. There were too many question marks in the overall team makeup as he arrived in Provo.

    Obviously we all wish him all the best, and hope he lands in the right program.

  • Ballfan6 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    I bet he ends up at Cal.

  • Mr. Universe Midvale, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    Too bad about Heaps leaving. I don't understand why everyone is blaming Riley or saying that he and Bronco should be transfering. Riley lost his starting job to Heaps last year after he was injured but he didn't quit. He stayed positive and worked on his game and when his opportunity arose he was ready and produced. Heaps could have done the same thing. I wish Heaps the best, but you can't argue with the fact that Riley gets it done.

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    @ So. Cal. Reader 12:11 p.m. Dec. 5

    I am not surprised that you (and so many other Y fans) are blinded to incredible hype that goes on for BYU. When it comes to off-season hype, BYU is undisputed national champion. For you to compare the Jake-Heaps-will-be-the-next-Jimmer prediction to a few news stories that outlined the statistical possibility that the Utes, despite a crummy season, could conceiveable play in the PAC-12 championship game is revealing and really undercuts anything you have to say. While I and many Ute fans hoped for a great year, I did not expect one and certainly made no predictions that the Utes would win the PAC-12. Would have been nice, but serious talk about it only came up when there was a slim chance to get in. The Utes lost to Colorado and failed to get in. But there was not a pre-season declaration that they would get in.

    Can you see the difference between this and a pre-season declaration that Heaps is going to be the next Jimmer? Please try to think. Fans like you are what make BYU a joke.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Dec. 6, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    I'm so sad to see this happen. BYU failed him. Certainly the coaching staff failed him. They failed Jake completely. Clearly, BYU coaching still brings up the rear of the profession. No other school is trying to hire Bronco...we're stuck with him for years to come.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    The grand experiment is over after a no-fault divorce. RIP.

  • Cougs Guy Sandy, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    I lost full respect for him after he quit during the INT in the first game of the season.
    I don't want a quitter leading my team.
    Goodbye and good riddance.
    Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    The guy couldn't cut it. His performance on the field got progressively worse.

    It was a good PR stunt selling him, though.

  • Jon W. Murray, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    He could have redshirted a year and been a starter for two years after that. All I see here is a lack of patience. Remmber Marc Wilson and Jim McMahon? This is more like Steve Young and Gym Kimball. I don't wish Gym's fate on Jake, but I think he made a mistake.

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Dec. 6, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    I am rolling on the floor laughing. Not at Jake but at the Ute fans. For the past two years we have heard nothing but garbage about Heaps now, read how many are talking about the bad mistakes by BYU and welcome to the PAC 12 or just whatever. It is a simple fact, we are going to play better talent in the next couple of years..sure we have the WAC teams too but Jake showed, he has a hard time against superior teams. Granted, Riley didn't play those games so can't compare apples to apples but, it is what it is. Heaps had a decent year last year but followed it up with a bad year. Don't blame Doman for all of this, I watched Heaps, he throws too hard, makes too many mistakes and kills his team. I am sure Doman didn't teach him to do that. Sure he has talent but can he really use it. Let's see what happens to him in the future, only time will tell.

  • suzcnoor Logan, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 9:02 a.m.

    Ummm.. Riley's family was at little brother DJ's high school football game in Logan that Friday night in question.
    Nice try though.....get's everybody all worked up and talking about your article around the water cooler.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 8:38 a.m.


    "My last comment simply touched on the irony of ripping on BYU quarterbacks instead of ignoring the elephant in the room that is the sorry state of the quarterback position at the U of U."

    And it's a darn good thing for BYU fans that the U has a sorry QB state.

    Can you imagine how bad 54-10 would have turned into if the U had the stable of 5* QB's that BYU has?

    Can you imagine what the 7-3 record for Utah over BYU the last decade would be if the U had the stable of 5* QB's BYU has?


  • LVIS Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    Clearfield, UT
    Wow 277 comments. Proof how much sports are over rated in this country. An athletes decision to transfer schools is front pages news? I enjoy following sports, especially college but this is to much. I could really care less where Jake Heaps plays football.

    And yet, you had to comment.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    Cougs, cougs, cougs--the problem isn't Heaps. The problem is your coaching staff. Your head coach is in over his head, and your OC is too young and inexperienced. If they knew what they were doing, they could develop an "NFL quality" QB to his fullest potential. Instead, I guarantee Norm Chow would have him passing circles around your defense (ok,not really that hard to do, I admit). As a team, you have reached your max potential. To get better, you'll need a new head coach.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    I love reading how the BYU pipeline is full of great QB's. Once again, BYU fans are "counting their chickens before they hatch."

    Enjoy Nelson. He has true "heart" and will give all he has to win a game. I enjoy watching him play.

    To those who think Heaps will end up at Utah, think again. He is not a Utah guy.

    Go Utes!

  • N.C.Y. Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 6, 2011 7:49 a.m.

    Nobody got the red carpet treatment like Jake Heaps. Don't blame the coaches for anything but not making Heaps earn his spot.

    They will never make that mistake again.

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    Dec. 6, 2011 7:06 a.m.

    I have always liked the idea of Heaps in there instead of Nelson.

    But ...

    Nelson has hit the open receivers.

    Heaps has not.

    Nelson has made plays.

    Heaps has not.

    As much as I wanted Heaps in there, it's hard to argue against production.

  • financenco Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 6:43 a.m.

    All this says is that he is quitting, picking up his ball, and going somewhere else. You could see this coming form when he had his press conference, touting himself. No humility. Then he gets his nose smacked by the big boys in college football, and he doesn't adjust, or isn't ready yet. All he has to do is learn, and he would have probably done awesome. Tell me this makes sense. He could of stayed, worked his butt off to get better, maybe win starting job, or if not, redshirt and get it the next year. He won't be able to play next year anyway, unless he goes to a lower division school, so he would still not be playing. So either way, he would be using a year to learn game better. He got lucky in playing as soon as he did, but he wasn't ready. It showed. Every school recruits on potential, not all make it, or are as good as they thought. It is one thing to play HS football and not be tested,due to the team built around you, but another when you have to fight to get a win, it does build character.

  • goinfishn Orem, Utah
    Dec. 6, 2011 6:18 a.m.

    Heaps could transfer to the U and Whit would transfer him to the defense. Good luck Jake where ever you go.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 6:16 a.m.

    Wow 277 comments. Proof how much sports are over rated in this country. An athletes decision to transfer schools is front pages news? I enjoy following sports, especially college but this is to much. I could really care less where Jake Heaps plays football.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Dec. 6, 2011 6:01 a.m.

    Jake is much smarter than most have ever given him credit for.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Dec. 6, 2011 4:26 a.m.

    I'd rather my team blow out an overconfident, overhyped rival like BYU and take loss to Colorado than lose to BYU 54-10 any season. Utah's season wasn't great but they were playing for something at least. The Utes will try again next year. Once BYU got their doors blown off 54-10 they only had helmet stickers and slogan t shirts to play for. Yep, score is still 54-10 and byu fooseball is full of quitters just like the QB, just like the coach and just like the OC who is still on training wheels.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Dec. 6, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    Not a surprise. Though I feel it is a mistake to leave, good luck to Jake.

    Life will go on with Riley, Lark and the others.

    At the end of the day, the Utes will still have a QB problem and no backup.

    What's new?

  • Slic Layton, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    So you would rather have Nelson for one year than Heaps for two? Wow, stupid is as stupid does!

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    Maybe Jake should give Boise State a try? Kellen Moore is a senior.

  • payara OREM, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    Good Luck Jake. Was for the best.

    BYU can move on as well. Here is looking forward to a win in the bowl game and a great run next year. Nelson is a stud.

  • I Still Can't Say It Holladay, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    @ Pic 6

    I have no problem comparing Ute and Cougar QBs. However, we have to keep it real and look at players from the last decade and not the 1970s.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Dec. 5, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    I kind of thought Heaps showed a lot of potential to be the quarterback of the the future at BYU, but he consistently throws the ball behind his receivers and throws interceptions. I hope he has a great college football career wherever he goes, but it just didn't work out at BYU. Say whatever you want about the coaches, but Heaps just didn't perform well in the big games at the beginning of the season. How do you lose 54-10 to Utah?

    Dec. 5, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    Well, I'm proud to say that I actually called this right after they benched him for Nelson. With Mangum coming in as a better pocket passer (elite 11 MVP) and a more humble qb, Heaps really has no chance.
    As for Washington State, Leach already has Halliday, who not only is a great passer but physically and mentally tough (he finished the second half of the Utah game with a lacerated liver after a Utah hit! come on, that's toughness right there)
    No way he'll play for Utah or Ohio State, Whit and Meyer wouldn't put up with his mental weakness and Utah's loaded next year with 6-7 qb's
    Cal might take him, that would be interesting to see how everything turns out.
    Thing is, he's talented, no doubt, but not many good programs are going to touch him with a ten foot pole. Most are already two or three deep with good qb's, so they'll take incoming freshman to get more years out of them.
    Whatever he chooses, I wish him the best of luck. . .except against the Utes.

  • OregonCougarFan Keizer, OR
    Dec. 5, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    @ yourstruly - Your Cougs? Hardly!

  • USNGary South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    He is a quiter.

  • Pic 6 St George, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    I still can't say it

    Do you really want to compare QBs . The Y vs the U . Nice try !!

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 10:05 p.m.


    Wish you well. I'm sorry that you and BYU didn't have the patience to allow you to grow into an outstanding quarterback. I hope you find the right place for you to gain some maturity.

    I hope you and your family finds success.

  • job Provo, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    Riley Nelson's heart and soul is with the Cougars. Jake Heaps does not give that impression.

  • I Still Can't Say It Holladay, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 9:48 p.m.

    Jake Heaps is 0-2 vs. the mighty Utes.

    If you can't beat them join 'em!

    It'll be nice to see Heaps add to the depth at QB at Utah where Mr. Chow will groom him into an NFL pro. If you want to compete in a real conference and then go professional, wear Ute red, white, and black.

    But don't take my word for it which school grows professional QBs. Take a look at Alex Smith's career vs. John Beck's.

    You're making the right choice Jake.

  • selway Paul, Idaho
    Dec. 5, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    Jenny83 you are misinformed as he had 15 touchdowns and 9 interceptions and a 154 rating in november and 171 in the bowl game. He was pretty good last year after he got the reps and the start after Riley went down. Victor was right he had the best statistics ever for a BYU freshman. Because he outperformed Riley last year the coaches stayed with him as long as they did this year. He played pretty darn good missing a couple long balls in his last two games. He has alot of upside whereever he goes and has the quickest release and strongest arm I have seen since Elway. Learn from this experience and get better Jake we will be rooting for you.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    So long Jake, good luck to you...With that said unless he toughens up mentally he will never have a successful college career. He has the physical abilities but mentally he just doesn't get it. Riley may not have the best arm but he makes up for it with his toughness, leadership skills, work ethic and determination to be successful, thats why his teammates are behind him and respect him. Jake talked alot and rarely backed it up with his play on the field. Time to stop all the talk and prove yourself Jake if you really want to be an NFL QB. He had every opportunity to take hold of the starting position firmly this season and didnt do it against some pretty average to bad defenses in Central Florida and Utah State. I think BYU was pretty fair with him, he was given equal opportunity to earn and keep the starting job and didnt take advantage of the opportunities, he has got himself to blame for that. I guess we will see if he has at all humbled himself and learned any lessons from this.

  • H8 Red Centerville, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    That's too bad I had hoped to see Jake really excel at BYU. I would have been much happier to have read that Bronco Mendenhall were transferring. The mental errors, the lack of intensity, the loss of focus this team showed all too often are from bad coaching.

  • Bleed Crimson Sandy, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    @ BluCoug

    "Just as funny as utah playing at home to 3-10 colorado team and losing. HA HA!"

    Not as funny as byu fans trying so hard to brush off their 54-10 beat down in Happy Valley by bringing up our loss to a conference opponent. Still bitter about the loss? HA HA! Enjoy your helicopter bowl!

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Dec. 5, 2011 9:14 p.m.


    Ohio State needs a QB. And now Urban Meyer is there.

    Washington State has Mike Leach and is in his home state.

    Washington has Price and Montana. Don't see that happening.

    Cal. I think Maynard has another year. Yet, rumors abound on here about inside sources.

    Utah. Not going to happen. Too many painful memories for him.

    I could see him pulling a Todd Mortensen and playing in the FCS. There are worse scenarios out there.

    Only he knows.

    Good luck, Jake. Sorry those fans drove you out of Provo. Maybe you can land on a team that plays your old school (ala Riley Nelson) and exact revenge.

    Interesting story.

  • Jenny83 OGDEN, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    He competed as well as any freshman and sophomore QB in the country..really Victor? He was consistently rated one of the worst QB's in the country statistically all last year.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    Magnum. Time to rethink your situation. Plenty of teams in good conferences would love to see your talents not go to waste.

  • VAggie Bristow, United States
    Dec. 5, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    Where does he go? If he cant cut it at BYU, and his problem is wanting to start? Maybe a lower ranked PAC team. No other FBS in-state team wants him as a starter. My guess is he goes to the MWC. San Diego State or maybe Boise, I believe Moore is gone after this year.

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    Heaps is going to be fine. He should transfer to Washington State where he could put his arm to good use.

  • Victor Layton, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    Let me get this straight. Heaps is a #1 recruited QB out of high school in the nation. He has worked for and dreamed of playing BYU football his whole life. He competes as well as any freshman and sophomore QB would in the country. And this is not a failure of the program how? It is out right delusional to not place at least some blame elsewhere other than Heaps.

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 8:49 p.m.


  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 8:44 p.m.

    BYU failed him end, end of story. Poor coaching job... This reflects about as well as byu's choice for independence. I am not sure what is going on at byu but something needs to change.

  • awsomeron Waianae, HI
    Dec. 5, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    Good for you, time to live a Normal Life.

    BYU is going to the who cares bowl, so who cares.

    2nd String QB's are usually not high draft picks. You need to start evan in a small pond.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    "If you want to have a good laugh, watch Jake Heaps play quarterback in the 2011 Utah-BYU game. haha"

    @ Bleed Crimson

    Just as funny as utah playing at home to 3-10 colorado team and losing. HA HA!

  • Over the Top Rigby, ID
    Dec. 5, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    I am so tired of reading about how Heaps was almost an NFL-anointed player coming out of high school and his great potential. Gee, why didn't he just forego the college experience completely and try for the NFL draft out of high school. In the two seasons he played for the Cougars, I never saw any fire in him. And now he demonstrates that he can't deal with adversity.

    I wish him well...but truly believe he would have reached his greatest potential by staying in the BYU program, redshirting, learning to overcome adversity, maturing, and being able to have two remaining stellar seasons. But maybe that would have required he become a team player. Good luck Jake...wherever you end up.

  • Cosmo's Cousin Holladay, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    Well isn't this a kick in the pants.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 8:05 p.m.

    @ williary

    Thanks for caring so much about BYU football, reading my little post, and then commenting on it.

    Perhaps I can clarify the intent. Please reread the post. I never called out any Utah fans, I reference "Y haters." (Your own inference there speaks volumes.)

    The point of the post was simply that those who MUST place blame ... and cast BYU, i.e. the football program, the church, coaches, whomever, in the worst possible light ... are using directly contradictory arguments. How can Jake be an overhyped, talentless, doomed failure in one sentence, and in the next, be a marvelous #1 recruit and NFL prospect. You either want to claim BYU is stupid for recruiting him in the first place or BYU failed, and is stupid, because he's transferring now.

    I'm just pointing out the fallacy of having your hatred both ways. It doesn't matter whether that comes from a Y hater, a U fan, or disgruntled fans in the blue bubble.

    My last comment simply touched on the irony of ripping on BYU quarterbacks instead of ignoring the elephant in the room that is the sorry state of the quarterback position at the U of U.

  • chazo Murray, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    When is the press conference with his P.R' people to announce where he is transferring to'.'

  • tcom2011 Fort Worth, TX
    Dec. 5, 2011 7:52 p.m.

    Archi - There are many different ways to spin this but most BYU fans wish Heaps well, as do I. Most of the other comments are all to familiar BYU haters, Utah fans that pose and just try to make ridiculous comments to stir the pot. If you follow dnews you will see it time and time again. Good luck to you Jake, I wish you all could have made it work to redshirt and stay at BYU I think that is by far your best chance for success.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    Let's not blame Bronco for Heaps failure. Heaps is the one who called the media and hired a marketing firm, heaps is the one who proclaimed himself as the next QB at BYU, Heaps is the one who threw a pick earlier in the year and didn't even try to make the tackle, Heaps was the guy who hated to get his hands dirty during games.

  • Weber State Graduate Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 7:34 p.m.

    Heard from an inside source today that Jake is trying to get on at Cal. If the source is correct, it will be interesting to see if Cal takes him.

    By the way, Heaps will go down as the best freshman QB to ever play at BYU...just saying.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    Is it possible that Jake Heaps just another Todd Marinovich? Heaps played lousy against some truly lousy competition. (Ole Miss comes to mind.) How good is he really? I would be surprised if he does well anywhere. There are two components to being a great QB. There are the stats (which Heaps had out of high school) and then there is heart, the 'it' factor (which he clearly doesn't have.)

  • yourstruly PAUL, ID
    Dec. 5, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    I like Nelson a lot but it is a sad day for me because Jake would have been a better choice for next year and beyond. Silver lining is that redshirting Jake at BYU would have jeapordized BYU's chances with Hill and Mangum. Now Taysom will enroll in January, play spring ball and not redshirt but backup Riley and play as a true freshman if Riley gets injured or later in the year when Taysom is ready. Elite qbs like Hill and Mangum would not go to a BYU and have only two years at the helm.
    A mission and spring ball is enough for a 4.0 student like Taysom and a redshirt would not be cost efficient for a 22 year old. Same thing for Mangum. Hill would be BYU's best punter and fastest and most athletic player at every position but offensive and defensive line. Do a youtube search on him?
    Good luck to you Jake. I will root for you in every game you play especially to beat my Cougs.

  • Archi Mclean, VA
    Dec. 5, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    Jake was probably the best freshman quarterback BYU has had. Its amazing all the negative comments about Heaps still and hoping he does poorly in the future. Whatever the reason for his decision, show some class and wish him well. I'm hoping many of those with negative comments did not actually attend Brigham Young University. Or alas the double standard is alive and well.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    Huge BYU fan here- I think this is absolutely the best move Jake Heaps could make. Bronco gets downright romantic when he talks about Riley Nelson. The writing has been on the wall for two years.

    I wish Jake the best of luck wherever he winds up and I am thankful for his efforts at BYU and for handling his demotion like a pro instead of whining or complaining. I believe that with some time to develop in the right system, Jake has all the tools to be an NFL quarterback. A redshirt year will be a good thing for him.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    To all of you BYU "fair weather" fans - BYU did not fail Jake Heaps, Jake failed BYU and its coaches. He was given way more than ample opportunity to step up, but failed to do so, when he had stiff competition. That is a fact. Let's stop putting hate on the BYU coaches and the program. It is a great program, with great coaches. If you people don't like what BYU, the AD, and the coaches are doing, than why don't you go cheer for the U of U. We don't need your negative comments here. You people are the exact reason why Ute fans hate BYU fans. I for one am tired of your negativity. So please think before you blog - think about what the effect of what you are writing will be on others who read these boards. Be true blue fans and support your university. Thank you!

  • Ghost Writer GILBERT, AZ
    Dec. 5, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    The jump from high school to college is obviously huge. Hopefully Jake can succeed somewhere else, but he lost the starting job any way you try to cut it.

  • newintown WOODS CROSS, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    I listened to the Gordon Monson show on the radio today. One ogf his comments was that he believed the BYU coaches mishandled Jake Heaps. I believe that is true, but not the way Gordon meant.

    I think Mendenhall and Anae bought into the hype in the way Virginia biught into Ralph Sampson many years ago. Both players were stellar to the levels they rose to, but when the competition required more effort and heart than PR and hype neither player reached expected levels of achievement.

    Before you skewer Bronco Mendenhall and his coaches, perhaps you ought to read Steve Young's accounts of his struggles, both at BYU and San Francisco behind Mac Mahon and Montana, and you'll see that true greatness is not handed down from others but dug up from within. I have no doubt that Heaps might have the ability to be an NFL quarterback as alleged here, but first you have to learn the intangibles in college. Quitting is not one of them.

    When the coaches woke up and saw their mistakes, they acted appropriately. Monson was right, but it is Heaps who has not learned from the mistake.

  • kokua KAYSVILLE, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 6:54 p.m.


    Perhaps the data in all these over emphasized rating systems that lay overreaching labels of success around these immature high school grads is simply hype plain and simple.

    Good luck Jake I hope you grow up and learn that it is about hard work and not about press conferences and mugging for the camera.

  • manutd Milford, CT
    Dec. 5, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    of course he is transfering. what else do you expect from someone who is afraid of being tackled, doesn't run down his interceptions, talks the talk, but can't walk the walk. he was too soft mentally and physically.

    i would love the utes to get him since they are so full of advice and wisdom.

    Dec. 5, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    Online quote about Chase Hansen - "The past Sunday Hansen and his family met with Utah assistant coaches Norm Chow and Jay Hill, and everyone agreed that it was in the best interests of all parties for Hansen to compete for the starting job next fall instead of going on his LDS mission first."

    Dec. 5, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Prep Fanatic - the report i heard a few days ago is that Chase Hansen is postponing leaving immediately on his mission in order to try to win the starting position at the U. Did I hear that report wrong?

    Dec. 5, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    Jake Heaps proves conceit and arrogance does not equal success. Sad that Jake Heaps did not have the guts to stay with the program until after the bowl game.

    New slogan: "When the going gets tough, the losers just transfer".

  • SoUtHapa Saint George, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    I just read that bballjunkie is no longer a BYU fan?

    It is Christmas! First Heaps leaves, then good 'ole bball!

  • kokua KAYSVILLE, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 6:34 p.m.


    Yes you are correct, the coach's unfairly allowed Heaps to use his prima-dona attitude far to long.

    Yes Jake football is a team sport. I am sorry that you have been unable to wrap your brain around the " Team concept " I hope the program you find understands that the sun rises and set's around you.

    I hope your new team mates understand that they are mere stepping stones on the path of your illustrious NFL carrier.

  • FootballFanatic Kearns, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    I wish Jake and his family the best.

    That being said, it is apparent by this move that unfortunately he is not a leader. He could have had 3 more years at BYU to learn the system and become great QB. Good leaders don't quit when faced with adversity, but rather wage through the difficulties which makes them stronger and better leaders in the long run.

    Also whomever thinks Jake Heaps is a better QB than Riley Nelson did not watch the two QB's in action this year. Riley Nelson didn't always make the best throws, but he made plays! Who cares if Heaps has a phenomenal arm if he can't stand in the pocket, gets nervous and make bad throws and decisions time and time again.

    The best comparisons we can make, unfortunately, are the games against Utah State and Idaho State (where Nelson dominated and Jake came in a threw the ONLY interception for the cougars on his first drive)

  • Amorphous Saint George, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    So many of you have no clue what really has gone on behind the scenes. If you did, you would realize that there were many mistakes made in this process, beginning with BYU buying in to the hype that surrounding this young man. It is not his fault that no one knew he did not have the academic, athletic nor intestinal fortitude for this position. A throwing motion does not a football player make, nor, as Tim Tebow is proving, break.
    This young man has struggled with many aspects of the "BYU Experience", so, I am relieved that this is a chapter which is now in the past.
    Congratulations to James Lark, now moving into a position he deserves, in every imaginable way. With the close friendship he and Riley Nelson have developed the QB spot at BYU is on firm lock down and in mature and solid hands.

  • Wyclif OREM, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    Good luck to you Jake. We are all rooting for you to succeed. You have so much potential. May you find a way to add success to that potential. Don't be afraid to get dirty. Don't be afraid to get hit. Don't be afraid to work your tail off. Just don't be afraid.

    Now, you Jake lovers and fakers who don't really care about BYU or its winning football tradition, please turn in your football tickets. There are plenty of people out there who want BYU to win and who applaud the touches they gave Jake, but cheer the substitution that made football at BYU fun again. Riley Nelson is the Jimmer of the football team. It was supposed to be Jake, but it is Riley. He is just fun to watch.

    Go Cougars, and Go Jake. Just go.

  • camera2head west jordan, utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 6:08 p.m.


    You just proved a great point about the power of good coaching. Lightly recruited,not a ton of talent,leads team to 12-0 and biggest victory in Utah History. Contrast that with Probably most highly touted recruit ever to sign with any local school,tons of talent,benched in game 3 or 4 of soph.yr.,biggest victory vs Utep. You tell me who got the most out of their player in this scenario?


    Just so you know in my world its Hate Byu day 365 days a year, 24/7.

  • Teddy Bear Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 5, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    I'm bummed out. I was hoping he would stick it out and then have a great jr and sr year.

  • chase SL Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    Surprised, yes. Shocked, not at all.

    This is a lesson for every college football fan. Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

  • dnay Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    Frankly it doesn't make sense to transfer, he has to sit out a year somewhere else, he could do that here. Now he has to go somewhere and fight for the starting quarterback spot unless he goes somewhere in the wac or sun belt. He would pretty much guaranteed the quarterback job here after Nelson leaves and probably before since Nelson won't go a full season without injuries. It leads me to believe he leaving to save face, he lost his job because he didn't play with any heart and he flat out was bad this year. He has to know that if he plays the way he did the start of this year with a team from the big 12, sec, big 10, or even the pac12, he will be on the bench on any team out there, to say the coaches didn't give him a shot it bull, he had plenty of opportunities! That says alot about a guy who gets guys to come with him here then leaves them when the going gets tough. If thats his attitude good luck somewhere else.

  • Morton ,
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    It's time for bronco to transfer and take rilee with him.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    Wow. I'm really surprised at Heaps' decision. He has really shown a lack of maturity in dealing with adversity at BYU. Instead of learning from the situation and fighting to win his starting job back, he'll probably end up backing up another QB for the rest of his career at a good program, or he'll start at a mediocre school.

    BYU really dropped the ball in developing his talent. He wasn't the #1 QB coming out of high school for nothing.

  • AggieGradCougarDad SPRINGBORO, OH
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    No big surprise. While Jake is a great guy and good QB, he just didn't have the energy and grit to be successful at BYU. Hopefully the grass is greener on the other side and he will reach his potential elsewhere. I remember vividly thinking as I watched Jake's HS team get beat by Joe Montana's son's team on ESPNU as a senior, that Jake did not have the tenacity and drive to really push a team to victory in the face of adversity and thought "is he really the top QB coming out?". As long as his team was beating up on local Wash. HS teams by 4 or 5 TDs, he looked superb. The loss against the So.Cal. HS team was similar to many of the losses at the Y. Not everyone is a Jim McM., but all truly successful QBs have a big part of Jim's "put it on my shoulders" competitive drive.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    This will all come crashing down when happy feet Nelson gets hurt again next game or season. No fear though, I'm sure his backup has plenty of helmet stickers. Interesting now how Heap's personal decision to go or not go on a mission is being called into question. Not sure why byu fan thinks that is ok to criticize, it is between him and the Lord.

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    I think it would be great if Heaps went to Utah. They can't recruit a quarterback on their own so they have him. BYU has produced half their coaches including two of the most important (HC and OC), so we might as well help them out with their players too. Let us know what your needs are, we'll start looking.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    AlpineCougar: Your comment was funny - I LOL. I wished I had thought of that! You are so right. It has happened in the past and will happen again. Wait until BYU does well against the BCS teams, hopefully going undefeated next year or in 2013, and you will see this happen more often.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:49 p.m.


    "I offically delcare my seperation from BYU football..."

    Nice try Utah troll; and good riddance; now, the only thing that would make your separation from BYU football even better is if you'd promise never to soil another BYU article again with your tripe.

  • UGradBYUfan Snowflake, AZ
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:40 p.m.

    I think that Jake could have developed into a great passer at BYU. He needed patience and a bit more humility to stay and develop in the system. I don't really think he is just going to walk into any system and take over the reigns and be the greatest QB of all time. There are very few purely drop back passers that can take over a system as freshman and become dominant. It is very hard to learn a system like BYU. It doesn't help when you stare at your primary receiver and you don't see alternative receivers very well. With experience and the patience that can come with that experience, he could have developed into a great quarterback. I always felt that calling that news conference as a high school student was a real big red flag. I could tell that if he struggled and didn't develop as fast as he wanted too (read this as he didn't win the Heisman as a freshman or sophomore) he might struggle with the BYU system that usually requires time to break into. He talks the humility part, but his actions speak otherwise.

  • CougarKeith Roy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    I wish him luck, personally he had a great oportunity if he red shirted next year, and learned other offenses through that year, then came back and started for two years. It's his loss and oportunity to improve. Maybe he'll grow up and learn some leadership skills rather than wimp out when the going got tough? That is my opinion, but hey, I'm a BYU fan not a Jake Heaps fan or a Nelson Fan, just a "WIN" fan, and they didn't win with a kid who was so wrapped up in himself he couldn't devote himself to the program that could and would have devoted itself to him when HE MATURED! Good luck elsewhere Jake, I'm sure we won't hear your name again in NCAA Division I of the BCS level, to bad, so sad. I truly wish him luck, but he is making a HUGE MISTAKE!

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    Best wishes and good luck to Heaps and his family.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    The Utah trolls and pseudo BYU fans bagging on Bronco and Doman are, as usual, clueless. Jake was given every opportunity to succeed at BYU, but he wasn't willing to put in the time or effort. Riley has more competitiveness and hunger in his little finger than Jake has in his entire body.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    @LP supporter

    Your logical breakdown of Jake Heaps pre-BYU days could have really come in handy reeling in the Heisman/National Championship talk from Cougar fans on this board the day of the Iggy's press conference!

    But I'd imagine you were just as giddy as everyone else.

    Logic only comes into play at BYU when things go terribly wrong.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:21 p.m.


    It's funny you choose to only call out Utah fans for their comments on the situation.

    You should go back and actually read the board before commenting.

    The comments from Cougar fans are all over the place.

    Some with the typical BYU spin. Nothing bad every happens at BYU, this is a good thing, no big deal, basically unicorns and rainbows.

    Some worried, and rightfully so, what this means for the future.

    Some worried this, along with everything else that has happened, is just another dagger to the program.

    If you'll remove the blue bubble, you'll see much of your own fanbase is reacting the way they should, taking this seriously and not just blowing it off.

    But for you to look at the situation, and the comments from your own fanbase, before just blaming Utah fans, you'd have to not be a BYU fan. Not in your DNA.

  • ItrustNo1 La Grange, TN
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    I think Heaps has a tremendous upside and that the BYU coaching staff failed him. Riley is a hard working tough guy, but Heaps is a potential NFL player. When you are trying to compete when recruiting, as well as on the field, great players want to play with great players. Heaps is the future. I think the coaches got caught up in Riley's size and his being such a tough guy, and let the "Gun" get away. Other great Quarterback recruits are going to look at this and not be very impressed with the on the job training of BYU's coaching staff at the expense of Heaps. I am a BYU life time fan and graduate, and watching this drama unfold in such an unprofessional way really bothers me. A text-book way of not doing things when you have a No.1 national recruit.

  • DaveKnowsWhatsUp Bloomington, IN
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    What about Apo, do we get to keep him?

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    Too bad it didn't work out for Jake. He's a great young man, but his sense of entitlement was his own worst enemy.

    Jake had exceptional talent, but he lacked the competitive fire of BYU greats like McMahon, Young, and Detmer. The best game of Jake's career wasn't even an average game for McMahon.

    Bronco and Doman made absolutely the right decision benching Jake in favor of Riley. Instead of fighting to regain his starting job, Jake rolled over and quit on the team.

    Hopefully, Jake will be able to get back on track at his new school.

    Good luck Jake!

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    I'm not sure any of you who have your man crushes on Heaps even watched him play. He telegraphed passes, he avoided contact at all costs, he has no touch when touch is required, he consistently overthrew open receivers down field, he got no better...same problems week after week. Sure, he might be a nice kid who is disappointed in how things turned out...but blaming the coaches is a real stretch. They're not perfect, but they're also not the reason Jake failed at BYU. Perhaps he can win throwing contests for speed and accuracy, but we need a QB who can win football games.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    Memo to all the "Know it Alls".

    Making NFL throws while in practice, wearing a green jersey,
    does not equate to...


    Riley has it, Jake as of now, does not.

    Hurts BYU's recruiting?
    LOL (see Tanner Mangum)

    BYU has had 10 All-Americans at the QB position. Jake is not the
    first, nor will he be the last, to transfer.

    Detmer will be the 5th BYU QB inducted into the College Hall of Fame.
    And none of them, were #1 QB's-5 Star recruits, coming out of High School.

    When Jake landed in Provo, his Parents and entire family moved
    to Provo with him. When the going got tough, well, Jake decided
    moving on to greener pastures was the answer.

    When Steve Young came to BYU, his family stayed in Conn.
    When Steve wanted to come home, his Father, "Grit", said,
    "You will stay put, work harder and quit your whining".

    Will Jake be the next Steve Young or the next Todd Marinovich?

    We wish you well Jake, but running is not always the answer.

    Dec. 5, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    Thank you Vai Sikahema, Brad Rock, David Loche, Gordon Monson for stirring the pot and making life at BYU so pleasant for a 19 year old kid trying to deal with a tough situation.

  • D'Anconia Providence, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:14 p.m.

    BYU fans have to pull for Jake Heaps to fail. If he goes on to live up to the hype it will make BYU look really, really, bad!

    Riley Nelson must come out next season and play very well. If he doesn't Bronco should be fired. There is going to be a lot of pressure on this coach and QB, especially when they head to Salt Lake City! It should be a lot of fun...

    As a mild BYU hater and good person, I wish Jake Heaps the best in his future endeavors.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    The coaching leadership caused this. Jake will do just fine when he finds a good coaching group and not a bunch of motivational speakers who do not understand talent. I thinkk this will be broncos curtain call.

  • Alpha Chicken Orem, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    For one reason or another, Jake Heaps did not develop at BYU. I think the problem lies with the coaching. In my view, Bronco has mismanaged this from the start. He has been fiddling around with two quarterbacks for the most part of two seasons. I don't blame Bronco for playing Neilson, but I don't blame Heaps for leaving. Both Doman and Bronco are from a different playing style than Heaps and its clear they didn't connect. Second number one recruit to be a dud at BYU, will this hurt recruiting? Is the quarterback factory closed?

  • Lori B. SPOKANE, WA
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    Heaps, what a disappointment. Some of the blame may belong to Doman and Mendenhall, new coach, new scheme, etc. But from what I saw, Heaps had neither the heart not the humility to learn from his mistakes. You can get away with staring down your receiver in high school; not in college and definitely not in the NFL. He never stopped doing that this season. Inexplicable. Nelson may not have the "great arm" Heaps supposedly has, but Heaps overthrew his receivers with the long ball every time he had the chance. Nor did Heaps demonstrate any creativity in the pocket when the play collapsed. Nelson, however, is the opposite and wins games. It may be ugly to some, but I'll take that over Heaps' perfomances this year any day. I hope Heaps finds success elsewhere, but if he blames this on BYU, coaches, or anything other than himself, he will be a failure anywhere he goes.

  • 4BS St George, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    Bottom Line.....Heaps had a great shot to prove himself. He missed wide open receiver after wide open receiver. It's not the coaches fault. He was overrated. See ya....

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    Heaps just wasn't a good fit at Byu, that's that facts.

    And utes fans, where is that sugar bowl Mvp playing nowadays??

  • Slic Layton, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    Well I guess the plan to redshirt Heaps next year and then play him the final two years during the final three years of his coaching contract backfired. Thanks coach for thinking about yourself and ruining it for the program. That is a great life lesson to share with everyone.

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:50 p.m.

    Jake was not convinced to feel a future part of "The Band of Brothers."

  • Archi Mclean, VA
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    The only good news is we don't don't have to listen to all the Nelson relatives and lovers bash Heaps all year long anymore! Thanks guys

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    How about Bronco Mendenhall leaving or transferring from BYU? Now that's a headline I would like to see. Good luck Jake!

  • LP suppporter Lehi, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    I have been reading all of the comments from all of the "experts" out there. Here is reality, the same coach that put 2 QB,s in the NFL is still at BYU. The same offense that has been run for 35 years with a few tweeks ia still there.It has been and will be successful. Take a look at film, Riley gets the play off with 10 to 15 seconds on the play clock and Heaps with 1 second to go.There is energy and drive with Riley. Heaps is slow to react, he does not like to get hit, and he makes poor decisions. Jake went to a QB camp every other week for 6 years.It made him a D1 QB prospect, but not a football player. Until Heaps can play with heart and grit it does not matter where he goes he will struggle. I wish Heaps well, he will need more than luck to succeed.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    I'm just glad it is done. All I care about is winning and Heaps simply didn't get the wins. Yea I wish he'd turned into the all everything stud he was purported to be, but he didn't. Now we move on. Of course BYU has the next great high school recruit in Tanner Mangum coming after his mission and we'll just have to see how that works out. One thing is for sure BYU doesn't have a problem getting top qb recruits but at least so far when they land the #1 guy, Olsen and Heaps, neither lived up to the billing. Hopefully Mangum will be the one that will.

    In the meantime just win games and I'll be happy.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    I wish Jake Heaps all the best in transferring. He's learn a lot. He'll learn more. Same for Bronco. As fans we know it all so there's no help for us. But best of luck to Jake Heaps. I hope he makes it to a team that has QBs he believes he can beat out and make it to a great season or two.

  • DaveKnowsWhatsUp Bloomington, IN
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    Does this mean I'm not going to get articles chock full of quotes from Heaps? I'm gonna really miss that.

  • Ballfan6 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    Well said. I totally agree. he was a great recruit i think. But he was not a good player for BYU. I think it was a good move.

  • Back Overland Park, KS
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    Jake has the potential...I hope it happens for him. I'm sad that it won't be for BYU, I was hoping that he would red-shirt and be patient, but BEST to him and his family!

  • tyndale1 Pullman, WA
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    I am sad to hear of Jake's decision to leave, but it makes me excited for James Lark. He is now going to get some valuable playing time. He may well be a better QB than Heaps. At least he should soon get the chance to prove it.

    Good luck Jake. But won't you lose a year of eligibility if you transfer to a major program? That will only give you one year to prove yourself. Are you sure that will be enough? Is it too late to take it all back and stay here?

  • Aggielove Junction city, Oregon
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    Leadership needed at BYU.
    Start with the coach.
    Heaps had some leadership challenges.

  • soupsandwich MANTI, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    good recruit does not always equal good player... big difference!

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    My neck is sore from keeping up with the Y haters' comments bouncing from one extreme to the next.

    Based on yoUr comments I can't figure out if:

    1) Jake Heaps was truly the overhyped, immature, lazy, cocky, No. 1 recruit who was destined to fail;

    2) Jake Heaps was deceived by Bronco, Brandon, Riley, Cosmo, the cheerleaders, 65K fans in the stands and legions of basement bloggers.

    3) Jake actually is the greatest thing since sliced bread and will prove all doubters and BYU faithful wrong as he resurrects some failing program in the PAC and leads them to smelling roses and a date with the inevitable SEC opponent in the January something, 2013 BCS championship game.

    I suppose Jake can be all these things (all logic and reason aside)...just as long as BYU looks bad?

    Here's how this ridiculousness is actually evidenced: The topic of Bill Reilly's show today is "How did the "Jake Heaps' problem happen, and who is to blame? "

    All is dandy on the hill....no QB issues there, right? It's hate the Y day!...Celebrate!

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    Eastern Washington here I come


    Jake Heaps

    P.S. That way he can play next year immediately by going to the lower subdivision and be closer to home.

  • AZJazzFan Gold Canyon, az
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:52 p.m.

    BYU gave Heaps more chances than he deserved. BYU gave more opportunities to Heaps than any quarterback in their history. BYU should have inserted Nelson earlier in the year. BYU's offense sputtered more often than not with Heaps. Many fans need to get over what Heaps did in high school and his strong arm. Is BYU really supposed to keep a QB as a starter just based on potential? What good is a strong arm if he is not accurate? Nelson has been much more productive and the team has been more energized with him. Go BYU!

  • bballjunkie Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    Heaps anywhere except the Utes pleasee. But if you want to put a dagger in and turn it, I understand the coach's and 95% of these fans deserve it.

  • bballjunkie Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    Nice Job BYU (Caoching staff). I offically delcare my seperation from BYU football and 95% of the fans who honestly want to think this is no big deal. Heaps will make Y fans and BYU look bad and I will laugh the whole time. Enjoy Riley! and your below average seasons from here on out.

    Go Tulsa and who ever else plays BYU until this coaching staff is changed!

    What a joke.

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    Ouch!! This one has got to hurt the football program all around. It's not too often the high school player of the year transfers within two years of the start of his career. This doesn't bode well for the coaching staff or the so called "Quarterback U" in general.

    I have no doubt he will go on to succeed under a different and more seasoned coaching staff.

  • lasermann Orem, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:45 p.m.

    I feel badly for the kid, but his coaches gave him every opportunity to succeed. I thought that he would have a spectacular season this year, but he lacked the grit, tenacity and the fire to succeed.

    Jake, you should have watched and learned from Riley this year, then come back next year and TAKEN QB #1 back. No press conference, no platitudes. You should have worked like a maniac to earn your starting role back. You should have worked to earn the respect and trust of your teammates, coaches and fans. You should have made it impossible for them to consider anyone else as the starter.

    That's what a true competitor does, not slink away quietly into the night.

    See ya, buddy. Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:44 p.m.

    Did Heaps have a promise to start every game, win or lose? Any intelligent sports fan could see Nelson led the team better than Jake Heaps. Did Jake not know he still had to make the team, produce on the field?

    Many forget the Utah State game when they criticize the coaches; I think they had to put Riley in, if they wanted to succeed...the new direction of a qb that can run and throw is the right one in todays game...

    Ute fans have to acknowledge in Hansen they have a qb who was great in high school because he could both run and pass.

    Jake is young, and I don't think his advisors care about which college furthers his career, they are all about Jake Heaps...but football is a team game.

  • Oklahoma Cougar Mustang, OK
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    For you many BYU-hating trolls calling BYU fans fickle, you do not have a solitary clue about "fickle". Here in Oklahoma, Bob Stoops-the undisputed king of college football lost three (imagine 3?) and they are howling for his head. A man that has taken the Sooners to a national championship, 7 Big XII championships and 6 BCS Bowls in a decade and they are calling for him to be fired.

    Same thing in Texas where the legendary Mac Brown is under fire for back to back mediocre seasons.

    These (and there are many other examples nation-wide) are "fickle" fans who expect nothing but NCs year after year.

    BYU fans are mild and humble compared to other fanbases. Disappointed? Yes, but fairly realistic.

    Utah fans on the other hand have a right to be fickle about their once mighty Running Utes, but don't really care enough to complain. Besides that they get way too much enjoyment watch the Cougars struggle for a season.

    Not to worry, the Cougs will be back soon enough. Long before the Utes will!

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    The coaching staff DID NOT cause Heaps to throw more interceptions than touchdowns. Heaps had his opportunities. He did not take advantage of them. If the team did not see him as a leader, who's fault was that. Even now, he has the choice to red shirt and grow or to quit and transfer. What did he choose? I think that given his decision, this is the best for both him and BYU.

  • LoveMySports Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    Goodbye Jake Heaps-of-overrated. Next time, be humble and don't declare yourself an NFL great before playing a down of college ball. Jake didn't win one game against a quality opponent.

    I think bashing Doman is the wrong target. You can't say Jake performed worse this year with Doman as OC because last year Heaps only won against bad teams. Nothing changed. Heaps just doesn't have what it takes and him quiting BYU won't help his confidence. Now he has to be the NFL QB he thinks he is where ever he lands. If that doesn't happen, who would be to blame? The fact is he had every opportunity to beat out Riley Nelson and couldn't do it. Apparently, he doesn't believe he can beat him out next year either or else he wouldn't be leaving. I think he'll regret leaving but I'm glad he is.

  • Cold Ute West Valley City, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    I remember many Y fan comments about Heaps = Heisman Trophy and National Championship. Well may come at a different school. Heaps did a great job in Provo (54-10).

  • BYU Grad Alpine, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    A sad day for both Jake Heaps and BYU. I wish both well

  • Give Me A Break Pullman, WA
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    Funny thing about hype Heaps. You start to believe it.

    Heaps would be welcomed up here at WSU, but they want to win games too. So I suppose that no matter where he goes, Heaps will have to learn how to better lead his receivers and aim above their knees, but that should come with humility and hard work. He had the world handed to him at BYU. Now he will have to work for what he gets.

    Good luck Jake. You may still be a great one, but inspiring others requires more than phone calls and tweets. May you find what it takes inside you, and the ability to bring it out into the open.

    As for those who say the coaches ruined him, oh I wish I could stop laughing. Heaps was the golden boy of the coaching staff. That's why they gave him so many opportunities as a Freshman/Sophomore. Personally, I never saw the talent there. Nelson outplayed him in every game the two shared time in. He should have redshirted next year and stayed at BYU, but I wish him well in the JC programs, or in his one remaining year of eligibility elsewhere.

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    I don't know what Bronco is looking at.

    I have it on very good authority that Heaps just does not have the work ethic, especially in the weight room. You can see it in his lack of toughness on the field, not to mention in his physique, his throwing and running motions. He has loads of talent and potential, but without that work ethic and toughness, he won't amount to much. That is why I support Heaps' transferring to another school. At another school he won't have coaches lying to him about how great he is. At another school, he will have coaches who can toughen him up and make him realize his potential.

    This is good news for everybody.

  • MJB Tooele, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    With the imminent dismissal of Andy Reid in Philadelphia, he would make a great head coach for his old alma mater. If only...

    Dec. 5, 2011 2:51 p.m.

    Those that think this will hurt recruiting need to think it out a bit.
    They think if they come in they will get treated like Heaps? Well yeah. Heaps was treated more than fairly and given every opportunity to step up and shine, and when he didn't, he was still given more chances. They see that a backup who worked his tail off and gave it his all when given the opportunity was rewarded with the starting job. Recruits will see that they too can have the opportunity but they need to work as hard and be effective. I think Heaps thought that he was going to be a 3 year starter and then go to the NFL. He was shocked when he was replaced for ineffective play and then asked to redshirt in order to mature and get better. He will still have to go through the same thing at his next stop. Hopefully he will realize that he will need to work hard, be coachable, and earn it.

  • newintown WOODS CROSS, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    Been a cougar fan for 30 years. Seen this happen before, but I'm sick of the pathetic Y fans who never have played the game, speak like they were experienced D1 coaches, whine constantly when their "team" consistantly wins 10 game, but isn't Utah.

    Heaps DOES have great potential, looks phenomenal in practice, talks an NFL future, but doesn't bring his A credentials to the game.

    I find it interesting that the last time BYU really had this problem, the heir apparent patiently sat the sideline, learning, filling in when needed and ended up with super bowl rings and MVPs and is in three HOM's. His name was Steve Young. The other guy also waited his turn, even when his talent was huge, and ended up winning a super bowl.

    This Heaps kid suffers from what so many athletes do today. He has a higher opinion of himself than his performance justifies and is unwilling to wait even a second for his time in the sun.

    I wish him well, but this is a case of giving up what is best for what he wants now. BTW, don't blame the receivers. They're catching Nelson just fine and winning.

  • Disgruntled Nephi, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    Would have liked to see him stick around and maybe redshirt next year, and work on the things that made him the back-up. Hope Riley stays healthy next year. Just a thought for all those blaming the coaches, what is the player's responsibility to develop themselves? I wonder how much time Jake has spent learning to read offenses, learning to put some touch on his throws, etc. Maybe he has, just a thought.

  • Kolobian FARMINGTON, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    And how many #1 recruits from high school don't make a transition to be a successful star in college? I would say just about as many Heisman trophy winners who don't make it in the NFL.

    Happens all the time.

    BYU will be fine. Not so sure about Jake Heaps. Just because he was good in high school does not mean he will make it in college. Way too many variables. In my opinion for him, he lacks leadership skills. However given this year and next year read shirting he may have been able to learn those skills.

    I think he is going to have a hard time making it at another major university.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    Just like whenever there was any kind of a pass rush, as soon as there is any pressure and things aren't going just perfect he ducks his head and bails out. Not a great precendent for adjusting to life, but playing qb takes a lot more than being able to throw the ball well.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    I wish Doman were transferingn instead.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    Prep Fanatic

    Re-watch the Utah State game tonight and comment again tomorrow. Jake had good protection from the offensive line and open receivers. He could not complete passes. It was not a case of dropped passes, he was clearly over throwing receivers. Coaches had him in a position where he could succeed, and he failed to do so. Against Texas he was able to progress down the field, but was impotent in the red zone.

    I expect he will excel with a year off and a fresh start. However, BYU is clearly a better team with Nelson as quarterback. The coaches made the correct decision.

  • Prep Fanatic Los Angeles, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    Norm Chow would love to have Jake Heaps' talents and abilities. He is a true NFL caliber quarterback, that has been ruind by a coaching staff that did not know how to coach him or handle him. Get him to a team that has the right coach, and you will see just how goo Jake Heaps is. As for Chase Hansen, Utah will not even see him until 2014, due to leaving on a mission straight out of high school. Following a year to work with Norm Chow, Jake could potentially come in and lead the Utes to a BCS championship. Just look at the talent that Norm Chow developed while at USC. The Utes would be a great fit for Jake Heaps, and being a BYU fan, I would love to see him get bitter sweet revenge on the Cougars. Good luck Jake!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:23 p.m.

    Hold on.... what am I missing. I have absolutely nothing against Heaps, but looking at his last game, how could you in good conscience keep the kid in. His performance was poor at best. Why, I am not sure, but his replacement didn't seem to have the same issues with the program, or the coaching that he did.

    It could have been a case of the wrong kid in the wrong system. But lets get real, it has been a long time since BYU produced an NFL caliber quarterback. If BYU is still a quarterback factory, it must have outsourced its production somewhere else, because it has been a while. Beck is the only one standing.

  • amicus Ann Arbor, MI
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    Over the past two years, Jake and Riley have faced two huge obstacles: Coach Mendenhall and Coach Doman. From the quarterback rotation to the ill-advised offensive schemes, Jake failed to overcome the adversity created by his coaches.

    On the other hand, Riley continues to get better every week. Last week, he looked much more comfortable in the pocket. Riley has a strong arm, but his height forces him to lob the ball when he can't settle into a passing lane. At Hawaii, he did a better job finding passing lanes and getting the ball downfield with a little zip.

    Good luck at your next school, Jake. I hope you end up in a scheme that better fits your talents.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    Now we have a football program with no quarterback. I guess we have written off next year as well. You have to be Bronco's buddy to make it at BYU...talent means nothing.

  • Cougar Cindy Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    How could you not love watching Riley play the game?! It's actually thrilling, unbelievable, fun. Not just mechanical. He has earned his spot, and there's a reason why fans and players and coaches love him and want more. I agree that he can and will continue to improve and impress.

    Excited to see what Lark can do as back-up. We've heard much about him but seen little.

    As for coaches? I think they gave Jake every chance. If there is anything to regret, it was letting Jake share the starting position as a freshman, rather than having him check his pride at the door like everyone else and learn while waiting his turn. He clearly came with skills, but lacked maturity. I wish him well wherever he goes.

    No one could have predicted when Heaps signed on what an incredible time of transition this would be not only at BYU but throughout college football. Coaches like Bronco and QB's like Riley are exactly what's needed in such times. Hang in there, Cougars . . . the shifting is not over.

    Last point: Are fans at BYU truly so much more fickle than anyone else's fans? Sure, whiners show up in these boards, but LES is full almost every week we play there regardless of the opponent, and almost regardless of the time of year and time of day--this season has shown that! We're not more fickle; but maybe more is expected from us. And so let's do it!


  • chubbuckidahocougfan Chubbuck, Idaho
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    well I'm glad that Heaps finally made the decision for Bronco on who will start next year and beyond. I'm sure if Heaps was still going to stick around for the 2012 season we would still be playing the "quarterback merry go round" of Bronco telling us that the Heaps is an NFL QB and Riley is a tough kid. He would also tell us that spring practice and fall practice is a dead heat between Heaps and Nelson for the starting job in the upcoming 2012 season. It's obviously apparent to me that Bronco and his offensive staff cannot evaluate QB talent and who should be the starting QB this year and into the future. Since I'm not at practices evaluating talent I can't say who plays better...but neither can the coaches and they are around these players all the time or maybe not since football is #5 on the priority lost.

    So once again, thanks Jake for making the decision for Bronco as we all know he was incapable of evaluating talent and making a decision. As far as Bronco as the head coach-time for a change. This mediocrity is killing the program.

  • Elmer Fudd Sandy, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    The issue of Jake Hypes transferring is in direct proportion to how BYU left the Mountain West Conference. It's that "I'm too good for you attitude" they both have in common.

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    @ Alpine Coug

    Reread my post! I never said anything about Jake Heaps transferring to Washington. I quoted long time coug who mentioned Heaps should transfer to Washington. My response was below his quote!

    Quite frankly, I don't care where Jake Heaps transfers to as long as it's not Utah.

  • Y Grad Pumping Gas Beaver, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:15 p.m.


    Smart move.

    The house of cards are falling!

    Band of Lil Brothers

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    This is bad for BYU...Nelson will get us nowhere. You don't get a kid with his talent very often, and with how he was treated, it won't happen again for a while.

    This has a feel like when Mallett left Michigan (who subsequently became terrible and went through the darkest years of their program) and went to Arkansas, where he restored them to a top-10 program.

    Bronco will regret this, let's hope not with his job.

  • M. Butler Brooklyn, NY
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    "for HE and his wife"

    Good job, Bronco. Your English skills are nearly as good as Jake's quarterbacking skills.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    I don't know all the details of Jake's decision and make no disparaging comments toward him or about BYU. All I know is that Jake Heaps has great potential and I truly hope he will find his place with a quality team where he can showcase his talents. I will be rooting for him all the way.

    The thing about college athletics is that there are a ton of young athletes that for what ever reason don't excel in one program. Timing has a lot to do with it, coaching has a lot to do with it, fitting into the style of offense has a lot to do with it, but fans and haters have have absolutely nothing to do with it.

    BYU is in a very unique position and there is a lot of criticism. I'm personally very happy that BYU does not make decisions based on what this fan thinks or on what any fan or hater thinks for that matter.

    Good Luck to a great young man, and great athlete who unfortunately is under a huge microscope.

    Go BYU! Go Jake Heaps!

  • Dick of the NW Bainbridge Island, Washington
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    Jake had the potential that was never realized. He was a boy playing with men. He didn't quite get the leadership he thought he had. As hind sight is 20/20, Jake should have red-shirted to give him another year to mature and gain mentally and physically. It will be interesting to see where he lands and what happens to determine what skills he realy has.

  • zeba North Ogden, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    Many comments about a mission would have prepared Heaps or other players to be better prepared... We are talking about football... And BYU history shows that the most successful college and NFL quarterbacks did not go on missions. It's a personal choice, so please do not be so judgmental. Many very good people did not serve a mission.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    "Heart" and "Toughness" are talents that many talented people don't possess.

  • long time coug SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    Remember ute fans if it wasn't for your 2 snow aided wins you wouldn't even be in a bowl game this year.

  • Prep Fanatic Los Angeles, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    I hear rumors the Jake is going to California.

    They were his second option in the recruiting trail behind BYU. Jeff Tefford will take Jake and make him into the NFL caliber quarterback that he is.

    To bad for BYU. And for everyone that is banking on Hill or Mangum living up to their commitments, you better think twice. If they both see how Jake Heaps was handled as a five start quarterback out of high school, what would make you think that they would want to get treated the same as Jake Heaps. The BYU coaching staff blew it, and won't even admit it. Pathetic. Both kids would be better off going somewhere else. BYU is not the quarterback factory of old, that they used to be. The passion for the passing game is no longer there.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    Remember that time at Iggy's when Jake Heaps announced that he would win a Heisman Trophy and a National Championship at BYU? Yeah....

  • nu2ut Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    Best of luck to Jake. I think he will flourish in a system that has a quality, dedicated quarterbacks coach. With two years of eligibility remaining, I'm sure he can make a great impact somewhere.

    As for naysayers who critizie Riley Nelson; sure, he's not the prototypical pocket-passer. But the kid has improved greatly since last year and he has the heart of an entire team. Not a bad combination!

    As for the future, I don't think it looks very bright for BYU football. Aside from the supposed "invites" to other confrences, I get the sense that the school is content to slip to the middle-of-the-pack in the ranks of the 'also-rans' instead of being willing to compete with the big boys. But until the school gives up competitive athletics (like at BYU-I.. actually not a bad idea), I'll be wearing my coug-blue!

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    Good luck Jake, wherever you end up going. I am sorry it didn't work out for you at BYU. If only you could have kept that starting QB gig. We wish you well in obtaining another one.

    But Nelson was hungry and was ready when his number got called. May you be like Riley. Get hungry. Fight. Become more accurate and more mobile and you will go far.

    BYU Coaches owed it to the school and to the fans to play the QB who would step up and get it done. They gave Heaps every chance in the world to be that guy. No other Freshman started so many games. But in the end, it hurt Heaps to play so young. He became cocky and didn't work as hard as he needed to, it seemed. Again, we wish you well. Learn from this and become better. Now lets get Lark some game experience.

  • Alpine Coug Alpine, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    @ PAC 10.2 Loves You

    Who said anything about transferring to Washington?

    Odds say that he will end up under the tutelage of the old pirate QB guru Mike Leach at Washington State-which ironically plays BYU in 2012 and 2013.

  • Prep Fanatic Los Angeles, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    I totally blame the coaches for this one. Not one time has any coach stepped up to the plate and taken the blame for the poor offensive production. Jake Heaps was thrown under the bus this year by Bronco and Doman. Go back last year, and as a true freshman, he performed in his last 8 games. He threw for over 3000 yards, averaged almost 40 pts per game, and went 6-2. Pretty impressive numbers for a true freshman. Then Anae was fired.
    This year, Doman is brand new, having never run an offense before. Offensive personnel are the same, with the addition of Ross Apo. Toughest stretch of the season and not only Jake is struggling, line cant block, receivers dropping passes, and running back cant run. Who gets the blame? Jake Heaps.
    Heaps set BYU freshman passing records for yards, touchdowns and wins while starting the final 10 games as a true freshman in 2010. The highlight of his season came in the 2010 New Mexico Bowl where he passed for 264 yards and four touchdowns to earn offensive MVP honors in a 52-24 victory.
    Maybe Robert Anae shouldnt have been fired?

  • Yeah Right! LAYTON, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    Any school would welcome a arm like Heaps. Everybody wants Tebow but I rather have Aaron Rodgers.

  • Alpine Blue Alpine, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    Guess who BYU has scheduled a home and home with in 2012 and 2013? Wazzu is who! Although he may need to sit out a year, I can envision Heaps putting a beating on the Cougs in Pullman in 2013.

  • Cougar Alumni Beaver, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    This is typical O'Tooles Law; Murphy was an optimist!

    What else could go wrong for the Cougs?

    I feel sick today.

  • Yeah Right! LAYTON, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    BYU is now a spread option and the UTES are a pro style offense. Wow how the world turns. What quality opponent has Nelson really faced. The problem is Doman not running the ball more and slowly developing a true sophomore qb in his new offense. When it faces a real defense ala TCU, Texas, and OL MIss. Heaps was your future. Now ride the Nelson a poor mans Tebow til the wheels fall off.........

  • PAC 12 loves U Sandy, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    @ long time coug

    "I can see the headline now "Heaps transfers to the Utes Chase's' Hansen to the Cougs". And anyone who thinks he would transfer to Wasington where he'd be third string behind Price and Montana doesn't know much".

    Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Coach Whit is a no non-sense coach and he will NOT put up with the drama and selfishness of Jake Heaps even if they are desperate for a QB. Utah is looking for a team player and a leader at the QB position and Jake has neither attributes. As far as Chase Hansen, he chose the Pac-12 over lowly Independence and he gets to showcase his talent among the elites in this conference.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    I'm not sure this is such a smart move. I think he would have done better to be a little more patient and allow himself to mature.

  • cougar76 Raleigh, NC
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    Please tell me he is going to u.

  • long time coug SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    I can see the headline now "Heaps transfers to the Utes Chase's' Hansen to the Cougs". And anyone who thinks he would transfer to Wasington where he'd be third string behind Price and Montana doesn't know much.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    I would like to have seen him stick around until Fall camp to see if he could beat out Nelson, then transfer if he did not. It almost seems like he is quitting without putting up a fight. There is no way he can think he deserves to start in front of Nelson at this point.
    I do wish him success wherever he ends up.

    I can now look forward to Hill and Mangum.

  • Me, Myself and I Blanding, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:37 p.m.


    His problems may be left behind at BYU. I don't think Bronco ever supported him 100% as a starer. To prove my point Max Hall imploded his Jr. year in the Holy War turning the ball over as many times as Heaps did this year. Not to mention Hall had more experience and was more polished when he did it than Heaps. Yet there was no QB controversy going into Hall's senior year after the worst game of his BYU career. Maybe Hall benefited from not having anyone to legitimately challenge him for a starting spot but if he had I still think Bronco would have stuck with him.

    If you're right and Heaps ends up at WSU he'll have his best chance to prove you wrong and make it to the NFL. Mike Leach is the new head coach for the other Cougars and we know what lessor QB's have done in a Mike Leach system at Texas Tech.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    Good luck, Jake. Sorry things didn't work out better for you - other than the 2 losses to Utah, of course.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    Heaps has every right to transfer, I don't blame him, though I had hoped he would redshirt and stick around. Best of luck to the guy - I think he missed opportunities to shine, and I think the coaching decisions did him no favors.

    Riley Nelson has been very good - too many whiners here. Yes, we lost the TCU game, but we played an entertaining game and really the punting game lost it more than the turnovers. And TCU is pretty good. If we played as well as we did in that game without the punting miscues, we'd win our share of games vs. top 20 teams.

    Riley has his next chance to shine against Tulsa...and why on earth do people assume he can't get better? Plenty of great college teams were led by guys with heart who are not built like prototypical NFL QBs.

  • Paul Revere American Fork, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    I hope jake can find a home suitable to his abilities and desires for his future. It's too bad he didn't make the decision to go on a mission after his first year. He would have returned more prepared to handle things and be more focused. Let's hope that Mr Hansen doesn't make the same mistake at the U. As for me I would rather have a mentally and physically tough QB that rallies and inspires his teammates to do great things, rather then a talent ladened QB who is not able to get the job done. BTW anyone see a much maligned QB over in Denver and he has accomplished. He keeps getting trashed by all the experts and yet he continues to win. How long it lasts is anyone's guess, but in the mean time you have to respect and admire his grit. The same is true of Mr Nelson. As for the U fans and all there derision I would remind you of your blanket statements regarding being in the Rose Bowl whereas all that came out of BYU was a stated goal and/or desire to compete in and for a National Championship. Isn't this the same thing you want for the U? If the answer is no then why did Cris Hill take you guys into a Conference where you might become like ASU, U of A and never really reach your potential. At least you can say you played in two BCS bowls as a member of a Non-AQ conference. Good luck in the Sun Bowl.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    Thanks Bronco for mishandling when he did play and showing no loyalty to a guy who could have played for any college in the nation, yet chose to go to BYU obviously because of his LDS loyalty.

    Jake Heaps was the victim of the worst play calling I have ever witnessed for the 1st 5 games, it was almost a constant run twice and pass on 3rd down, the worst scenario he could have possibly been put in.

    You have successfully turned the greatest passing traditions into a run first team, I am sick.

  • booyah801 slc, ut
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    This isn't going to hurt BYU's recruiting efforts. Everyone knows Hypes blew his chance. BYU has great QBs coming in.

  • RevK Glenwood, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    @Bleed Crimson, Independence is going great. Loving the huge ESPN contract. Going to a bowl game! Hows the Sac-12? Hows KJZZ, and whatever else the Ute games come on? Our high schools play on KJZZ too!

    Dec. 5, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    @Bleed Crimson:
    Typical Ute comment. Irrelevant to the article lol. But since we are off-subject, how's that Ute basketball team thing going?

  • Me, Myself and I Blanding, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:25 p.m.


    QB's never a problem at BYU? From Sarkesian to Doman I have more than a few names that prove QB's have been and can be a problem at BYU. Shoemaker, Feterik, Miller, Engeman and Peterson. Out of those five I think Feterik may have a winning record as a starter. Although BYU went at least .500 or better each of those four seasons 1997-2000.

    Dec. 5, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    First off, I wish Jake the best. I have mixed feelings but hopefully he chooses a university that is a good fit for him and he can be the starter.

    Secondly, gotta love all these ignorant comments about the reasons Heaps is leaving. Bottom line is that he is not the starter and wants to be, so he is doing what he needs to do to be that.

    Go Cougs!

  • Elmer Fudd Sandy, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    @ Jarka-rus

    "He's still better than Wynnie and Hays combined".

    Records and history books say other wise.

    Hypes 0
    Wynn 2

    Enough said!

  • Cougar Passion Riverton, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    It seems a lot of fans have short-term memory loss. Jake has tangibles--not intangibles--but tangibles don't always work. We have seen that in the past with other quarterbacks as well.

    But I am beginning to think Riley has the potential to get better. I am old enough to remember Steve Young playing, and I see several similarities. And one characteristic that goes hand in hand with "intangibles" is a burning desire to get better and prove naysayers wrong. Can Riley learn to throw the ball better, as Steve Young did? Probably. can he learn to make better decisions? Probably. Is he willing to put in the work to accomplish those things? I would certainly not bet against him. He could end up a very fine quarterback, indeed.

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    ... And there goes the poster boy of the "quarterback factory".

    I wonder how this will effect BYU's recruiting? I'm sure all incoming athletes are following this...

    Hand in there Band of Lil' Brothers.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    Everybody wants to blame the coaches and they do have to take some blame but it is not as though Jake didn't get his chances, he got plenty of chances and he just didn't play well, he would never have been benched if he had played they way (I think)he should have and the way most people think he has the talent to play. He didn't perform up to his potential or even close and so he was benched. I don't blame the coaches, they needed to win and Heaps wasn't playing well enough and Nelson was brought in and he performed better and the team responded better under Nelson.
    This could work out better for BYU and Taysom Hill , he will return from his mission in Jan. and go thru spring ball, learn the system and then be ready to take over when Nelson either gets hurt or the next yr when Nelson is gone.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    "Geez, Ute fans, chill! There is a good chance Heaps will be your QB!"


    That may not be a bad thing. Hypes has already established he can get the ball to the guys in the red jerseys!

  • Freight Train Houston, TX
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    Whoa Nellie, Baddog is actually right on. Heaps has WAY more ability than Nelson, that's for sure. But skill and ability don't always translate to the stat that means the most- WINS.

    Look no further than the tebow situation. If you've watched the bronco's games over the past 2 months you realize how terrible Tebow has been at times. But he's now 5-1 as a starter, becuase he is a proven leader who steps up in crunch time and wills his team to victories. Similarly, Riley Nelson's skills (and decision making) are quite average. But he competes like no-one else on the team and has a drive to win. He really is a mini-tebow in that sense. Heaps = Orton.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    @ Daddiooh | 12:48 p.m. Dec. 5, 2011
    Orem, UT

    It's Cougar fan who has turned on Heaps.

  • Dand_Ute WEST JORDAN, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    Is Apu going with him?

  • Alpine Coug Alpine, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    @ CougFaninTX

    You forgot to add Chase Hansen for the 2014 rotation after he transfers following his mission.

  • Bleed Crimson Sandy, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:14 p.m.

    How is this Independence thing going? lol

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    What a baby. He loses the starting job, loses it, and now he wants to leave? Stay and man up, face the team who doesn't like you and earn their respect back. Now you'll just be viewed as a talented kid who didn't work at it (earning back respect). Nelson probably should have transferred after last season but he stayed, stuck it out, won back the starting job, and showed his teammates that he's a team player and one who will work hard so the team can win.

    Good luck in the future, Jake, you'll need it. Chances are good that this type of thing will happen again at the next school.

  • RevK Glenwood, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    Here is the reality of it........BYU's BACK-UP QB chooses to transfer. THE BACK-UP! Feel me?

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Heaps was thrown into a spotlight that he just never had a chance to live up to. Leaving now just pegs him as a quitter and I doubt he'll recover in any quality program. If he and the coaching staff had the patience to allow him to work his way into the system I think he would have been a great qb. He was just too young and inexperienced at this level to start as a freshman. His ego got in the way and everyone bought into it.

    I think we have a wealth of quality qb's coming so it won't hurt the program.

    Good luck Jake.. you'll need a lot of it wherever you go.

  • boatersteve Fruit Heights, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:04 p.m.

    How about we keep Heaps and trade Bronco and Holmoe for a coach and athletic director to be named later.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:01 p.m.

    Baddog, you've obviously watched a lot of games with both Heaps and Nelson, NOT!

  • Arynen Midvale, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 1:01 p.m.


    Guaranteed just like the Colorado game?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:55 p.m.

    The trolls crack me up . . .

    In September, U were ridiculing Heaps for being the most arrogant, poor performing, can't take a hit QB to ever play at BYU.

    Today, U are acting like we lost the best player to ever set eyes on BYU and our program is now doomed forever.

    The truth is . . . Heaps has a ton of potential. He didn't reach his potential either because of the system or his own inability. He simply got beat out by Nelson for the starting QB. It's tough to ever recover from being the starter and being benched. Heaps situation is almost identical to Garrett Gilbert at Univ of Texas.

    I was hoping Heaps would stick around, but I didn't think he would. His ego is too big to handle being on the bench or redshirting. (Big egos aren't always a bad thing.)

    If Heaps goes to WSU, we'll get to face him in 2013.

    Heaps situation will have no impact on future QBs or Van Noy, Apo or Stout.

    The QB pipeline is still deep at QBU.

    2012 - Nelson, Lark, Munns (Ammon Olsen and Taysom Hill RedShirt)
    2013 - Munns, Hill, Olsen
    2014 - Hill, Olsen, Alex Kuresa (Tanner Mangum RedShirt)

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    The Ute trolls needed some good news this weekend, so now they are out like cockroaches.

    Sad but not surprised to hear Prince Jake is defecting. I don't blame Bronco or Brandon. Jake has had every opportunity to take it to the next level in the past two years, and he hasn't done it. The idea that he will be able to develop anywhere else fails to take into account that wherever he goes, he'll take his issues with him. Can't run away from problems. The only way out is through.

    Good luck to him, but the probability of him playing in the NFL has dropped, not gone up with this move. Wouldn't be surprised to see him back in Washington State. He's perfect here.

  • zeba North Ogden, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    I am a fan of Riley Nelson, and I think he earned his role with game performance. I think a key factor with the QB situation is that Anae is gone and Doman was not able to help develop and improve Heaps. Heaps has cannon arm, but never seemed to handle pressure well. It will be interesting to see how well he does somewhere else.

    Good luck at your next stop. Maybe this time he will choose somewhere with coaches with a proven track record of developing quarterbacks. Doman was a step back for Heaps. UW and Sarkisian would be a good fit. USC? Maybe Boise State and Peterson?

  • che loco Springville, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    This might be the last we ever hear of Jake Heaps.

  • BigFan Ogden, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    Utah Utes need a QB! What are the chances?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    Goll, he would have won multiple national championships here in Provo UTah.

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    jarka-rus | 12:28 p.m. Dec. 5, 2011
    Layton, Utah

    Botton dwellers of the PAC don't play in the Sun Bowl.

  • baddog Cedar Rapids, IA
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    Ah, so many experts, so little wisdom. Jake had his chances. He missed open receivers, overthrew receivers who only needed to catch the ball for a score.

    The name of the game is win. Jake could not. Riley can. That's the way of the world. The experts here blame the coaches. Jake had more opportunites than most. For whatever reason, he didn't produce.

    Bronco over-extended when he called Jake an NFL quarterback. Perhaps he is a potential NFL quarterback. At the moment, he doesn't fit the mold of a Division I quarterback.

    That aside, Jake still has time to prove us all wrong.

  • Daddiooh Orem, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    Geez, Ute fans, chill! There is a good chance Heaps will be your QB! Your welcoming committee better not be made up of the Ute fans like you guys.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    Best of luck to Jake in his future career, wherever that may be.

    IMHO Jake was not accurately handled or evaluated, but he was treated fairly...perhaps to a fault.

    From my own (layman) observation, I think coaches felt the pressure to get the top recruit on the field too quickly, hence the two-quarterback experiment Bronco admits hampered the progress of both quarterbacks and the team. Riley's injury forced Jake into action before he was ready. He really struggled, but pulled it together against weak competition. From all accounts, Jake wows in practice and drills, but it doesn't translate to the heat of the game.

    Anyone who watched this year observed that Jake was too eager to get rid of the ball, locked on his primary receivers, was next to immobile, feared to stand in and take a hit, and, most importantly, could not move the chains. It NEVER changed. He did not progress. His performance was a major reason for the Texas loss and the near-loss to Utah State. BYU won against Ole Miss and UCF in spite of Jake. They actually held on too long before the last ditch resort of bringing in Riley. You can only wait on potential so long.

    Doman coached Beck and Hall...I don't put it on him. Doman's "scheme" changed when it had to with Riley coming in.

    Not to worry, there are good QB's in the pipeline. Go BYU, beat the Golden 'Canes!

  • DC Alexandria, VA
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    I wonder if Bronco was smiling and giggling when he said all the nice things about Heaps. He's got such a man crush on Nelson that he has to be glad Heaps is leaving.

    Heaps was the future of BYU football. Hopefully Taysom Hill stays the course or else BYU is going to be hurting at QB.

  • Ballplayer Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    Just another example of what's wrong with the rising generation (some of them at least). No loyalty. No commitment to their word. It's all about him. I liked Jake and I think he could have developed the maturity to play at the next level by redshirting a year then taking over when Riley left, but he didn't have the patience. I wish him only the best, but if it were my son in this situation, I would have sat him down and said "if you want to get to the NFL you need to fix the problems that dropped you to second string. Transferring to another school isn't fixing the problems." He played well enough to win against the lesser teams on BYU's schedule both seasons he played. Transferring to a conference full of teams like that might improve his stats and number of wins, but it wont improve his game. If I were an NFL scout I would notice how he did against whom. I would not be impressed by improved numbers against lessor opponents.

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    You Ute trolls on here have a very short memory. Jordan Wynn was supposed to be the second coming of Alex Smith. How has that panned out? All is not well in the Ute camp when it comes to QB recruits. Your #2 QB was switched back from ILB. Give me a break. BYU has Taysom Hill and Parker Mangum headed here after serving as missionaries. I will predict right now that both of them have the mental accuity and toughness required to play at BYU. Utes have Chase Hansen coming. Should be an interesting few years to come.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:37 p.m.


    What are you smoking? A hurt Wynn beats a healthly Heaps twice.

    Go Utes!

  • jw_bluecoug SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    well, byu obviously has done a terrible job with this situation..

  • SpanishImmersed Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    Jake reminds me of the Drew Miller situation almost, except the last laugh is yet to come. Drew then went to Div I-AA and took Montana to the title game.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    Winning a starting spot won't be an easy task at any legitimate school other than a transfer to Utah. Ben Olson's seat on the bench may me a good model.

  • RevK Glenwood, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    Great Post @Spitvalve

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    I hope Heaps goes somewhere that BYU plays down the road and Heaps burns BYU badly...Bronco would desire it.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Hey utesies?

    What great pitch you got for recruits? Come play for a permanent bottom dweller Pac team, you'll lose to Colorado and have to sit behind Wynnie and Hays. wow, what an opportunity there!!! All they got to throw at recruits is if you like playing D come on down.

  • RevK Glenwood, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    I knew the Ute fans would be blasting this. "BYU thought their #1 highschool recruit was then next best thing" uh......yeah, he was the #1 fricken recruit in high school. You all did too! Then again, Id leave too if my back up came in and out played me. Good Bye Jake!

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Heaps: Talented kid who lost his confidence.

    This stuff happens folks all the time in college sports. No one to blame.

    Best of luck to Heaps in his future.

  • 61Cougar Seattle, Wa
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    Here's some Seattle news on Heaps' decision:

    "Heaps, 6 feet 1, 200 pounds, will not speak to the media right away, but he explained his decision to former Washington quarterback Taylor Barton.

    "I really respect and like coach Mendenhall, he's a great man," Heaps said in an interview . . . ." "I've learned a lot about football from coach (Brandon) Doman. There are so many great guys on this team, it's going to be really hard to leave them. I've had some time to think about this decision and it's not one I came to lightly. I have no idea where I'm going to end up, and haven't talked to anyone. There are a lot of great programs out there, and I'm excited to do some research and find the right fit."

    "Potential destinations for Heaps include Washington, Washington State, Cal and USC."

    I doubt any of the Washington schools, but USC . . . ?

  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    Bye Jake, I think you made a great decision to leave. The Coach apparently did not like you even though you have done an outstanding job. I hope you go to a great school. Look up Urban Meyer, I would bet he will jump at a chance for a QB of your caliber.

  • Spitvalve Denton, TX
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    I think he should have redshirted and stuck around. He could have the team for two years after that.

    Nelson earned the spot when he saved the team's bacon in the USU game. Heaps did fine against lousy teams, but folded in the Utah game. They should have yanked him then--Nelson might have given us a fighting chance, and maybe hung onto the ball and not thrown it to the bad guys so many times. And maybe Riley could have beaten Texas--everyone else has, apparently.

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    As a QB coach of 19 years I will tell you that Jake has some serious problems in his release. Feet are generally two close together and very little bend in his lead knee. He also has a fascination with throwing the ball harder than is required. It seemed to me, watching him in practice and games, that he was just as pleased with a good looking deep ball that was incomplete as he was with a short completion. That, along with his locking on to recievers and lack of mental and physical toughness doomed him as a BYU QB. He needs some maturity, plain and simple. Playing for BYU and their fair weather fans is tough on any kid. Does anyone here remember Robbie Bosco being booed his senior year after leading us to a National Championship the year before? I do. I was on that team as a freshman QB. I have come to understand why U fans hate Y fans. I don't like them either. But I love my Cougs.

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    Sad day for the Cougs. I was definitely frustrated with Jake at the first of the season but I felt he would develop into a great QB over the next 2 years. I wish him well at his next school.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    This will strengthen BYU recruiting, not weaken it. It says, everyone has a chance based on ability. Being the starter depends on performance, not on press clippings and your father's publicist.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    some have mentioned Washington State and Mike Leach.

    Do you really think "happy feet" Heaps will replace a kid with the mental toughness to play over half a game with a lacerated internal organ?

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    Sad to see Heaps go. I hope he lands on his feet somewhere. Tons of potential, interesting to see if it can be developed. Is he the next Ben Olson?

    BYU will be fine at QB and another #1 qb prospect is already in the pipeline. Could be tough when, not if, Nelson goes down again though.

  • SandvikSwede Vermillion, SD
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:20 p.m.

    Just an idea about being CIVIL during this Christmas season--

    WHY would anyone want to call Heaps a "BYU Black Sheep??"

    That's just mean-spirited...

    Come on guys--we Ought to Better than that!!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    It would have been interesting had BYU been able to get an invite into the BIG 12. I am betting Heaps might have stayed at BYU had the BIG 12 taken taken the Y. I think Heaps would have eventually caught on to the Doman offense but I really think it came down to Heaps knowing he was going to have to red-shirt next year whether he transferred or stayed and why red-shirt at BYU (a non BCS school) when he is most likely going to a Pac 12 school.

    Well - now BYU fans can get all excited for next season knowing they have a 5'11" running QB ready to go. BYU football is in trouble.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:18 p.m.


    He's still better than Wynnie and Hays combined. lol

  • Rocky Mtn Oyster Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    Awesome! Riley has found a way to upset both USU and BYU fans, but I think the real factor in this has been Brandon Doman by not hiring an offensive coordinator that matched up with Heaps skills. Heaps best move will be to find a program he likes with an offensive coordinator that understands him. Doman's ability to match up with Riley stood out. Too bad a Norm Chow type couldn't have been there for Heaps.

  • fan in orem Orem, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    Why will Heaps be so much better next year, but Nelson is as good as he will get?

  • Bastiatarian TUCSON, AZ
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    Heaps' loss of legitimacy and respect from teammates (and fans) started with letting the Ole Miss defender that intercepted his pass go right on by without even making an effort to stop him. Deserved, or not, Heaps has developed the image of 1) a prima donna, and 2) a bit of a wuss. Teammates will respect a less-refined hard-nosed QB who pounds through and has his best game ever three weeks after having a collapsed lung, but not the kid who seems afraid to play smash-mouth football like a man, regardless of the natural talent/skills he brings with him. I think it's just too hard for Jake Heaps to regain what has already been lost, and it's his own fault. Play hard, play sweaty, play bloody, or don't step out onto the field. I think Heaps can be a great (not just a good) quarterback, but he's got to stop being a kid.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    Once again a case of "counting your chickens before they hatch."

    Go Utes!

  • Alpine Coug Alpine, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    2011 will forever be remembered as a year of infamy in BYU Sports annals. A year that seemingly began with such infinite promise has exploded into a total disaster. Afraid that it may mark the beginning of the end for any relevance that BYU football program had built up over the years.

    The failure to finalize an invite from the Big XII was the major body blow to a program with higher aspirations and today's loss of Jake Heaps was the icing on the cake.

    I hope that I am wrong, but the future seems bleak for the moment. What a horrible year. Will gladly eat crow if the administration is able to return BYU to relevance as an independent.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    What a year for BYU football.

    Pac-12 - NO

    MWC - NO

    WAC - NO

    Independence - If we have to



    Followed by...

    Big-12 - NO

    Big East - NO

    And now...

    Another #1 overall high school QB recruit transferring.

    All the spin in the world can't help the Cougs anymore.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    Re: Go Utes "I guess the DN's prediction that Heaps was set to be the next Jimmer this year was a bit off. I now anxiously await the off-season hype for 2012." What a coincidence. I was thinking the exact same thing about your Utes & 2012. Since the Southern Division champ and playing in the Pac 12 Championship did really work out as scheduled (darn Colorado!), no doubt a BCS championship will be in order next year? Can't wait.

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    One of the things I hate about college football is the way it grinds up and spits out players. They function as cogs in the machinery of public image and money merchandising.

    Heaps had to deal with all of Provos loudmouthed arm chair quarterbacks who believe, between bites of hot dogs and popcorn, they could play the game better than he any day of the week.

  • fan in orem Orem, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    Realist101: Please enlighten us on the real world.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    I am guessing Washington State with new head coach Mike Leech. Someone else said Cal. Either way Heaps is going to be a REALLY good QB - he has all the intangibles including a big arm, quick release, 6'2" solid frame. Heaps is making the right choice no question. This was NEVER going to work under Doman and Heaps knew it. Had Anae stayed Heaps would have been great this year since he finished strong last year under Anae. BYU just keeps getting bad news after more bad news. No BIG 12 and now no future QB. Good luck BYU trying to attract a QB with the potential that Heaps had especially since BYU is left out in independent waste land. The shoe to drop will be Bronco leaving after his 3 year contract expires. BYU football is headed for mediocrity. Sad to see this once great football program crumble into dust.

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    I look forward to the Iggy's press conference where we will learn of his new school.

  • Conservative Veteran Layton, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    There are few others with as much talent as far as the fundamenals than Jake. Unfortunately, he lacked in his willingness to take chances on the field. I'm guessing someone coached him to avoid getting hurt at all costs. Additionally, he did not appear to provide the leadership role that was needed in that positon. To be successful in that position, you have to excell in each of these three areas.

    Nelson has excellent skills as well, but he also appears willing to take risks when needed and take on some of that critical leadership role.

  • Ville Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    Wow, not a surprise here at all. If R Nelson is the kind of QB we need, then it will be a long year in '12. For all those folks who love his hustle, grit, mentality, blah, blah, blah......talk to me when he leads the team over a ranked or even good team who is going to a relevant bowl game. It would also be nice to get BYU ranked again in the top 25, before beating another unranked team in a bowl game. ( that is if we can beat Tulsa? ) Somebody tell me where the upside is next year with him at QB. Here's looking towards 2013!

  • TheAtheist SLC, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    I wouldn't mind having him at the U, he would fit in great with the offense they run.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    This is a shame, but what is he supposed to do? The fans turned on him, his teammates turned on him, and so did the coaches. I suspect he will do very well in another program and BYU fans will be wondering how they let him get away. Another squandered opportunity.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    "Mike Leach at Washington State is a QB guru and may be a better fit."

    Alpine Coug:

    You're on to something there. Wazzou might as well hang out a sign:
    "Welcome BYU Black Sheep!"

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    BYU did Heaps a disservice by having him conduct a press conference and announce that they would win a national championship. It is well known that his teammates didn't really like him because it was all about Heaps. Hopefully he has learned that you need your team to win and that if you win the NFL opportunity will take care of itself; that it isn't all about personal stats.

    That being said, it was pretty clear that his throwing skills (at least velocity) were above the rest of the team when you watched the receivers not being able to handle his bullets.

    It is silly to criticize Doman for not supporting Heaps, isn't that why Anae was removed last year; Doman was in the Heaps camp? Perhaps if Doman was in the booth the first two games Heaps might have been able to do better.....

  • Rob of NV Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    Heaps is a great young talent with the wrong offensive coordinator. Might he follow wherever Rob Anae ends up? Whichever school, I wish him well. I truly hope the "BYU curse" that has followed potential and former Y quarterbacks does not follow him, ala Ben Olson, Brett Engemann, Sean Salisbury, etc. As far as Doman as OC, for me the jury is still out on him. Doman was never a great passing quarterback in the true BYU tradition, and struggled without Luke Staley behind him. Of course, he did not have the benefit of working with some of the great OCs of the past. Doman has yet to show me the potential and innovation of a Doug Scovil, Ted Tollner or Mike Holmgren. Even Norm Chow learned from and rode the coattails of these great offensive minds. BYU will be fine, and has some great quarterbacks in the pipeline. I do not know if the Y currently has the best coach for them. Ty Detmer seems to be more qualified to coach an offense, and has a great, innovative offensive mind.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    The rah rah is now over for the wonder kid at BYU. Never has such hype been overblown.

    Rather Heaps panned out at BYU or not, the hoopla was annoying nonetheless. These so called big high school signings are such an unknown. I feel the same about Chase Hansen. I have seen him play. he is a man among boys in high school. He will now have to play against the big boys.

  • spudlydoright McCammon, Idaho
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    Hopefully he can go somewhere where the coaches have as much potential as he does and where there is a coach that can see the talent that is there and knows what to do with it. I would be very surprised to see Mangum actually enroll at BYU. I guess he will have two years to decide what is best for him. BYU is rudderless right now.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Bronco fumbles again. If you were Heaps why would you stay with an OC that is still on training wheels? They dumped him for cheap wins over WAC teams. Let me repeat, they dumped him for cheap wins over WAC teams. This staff is not interested in building BCS seasons, they are going for meaningless wins instead of building for next year.

    Heaps has now gone from greatest of all time to a bumbler. Go cougar fooseball. 54-10

  • 61Cougar Seattle, Wa
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    This news hurts. Everyone who says Nelson is the better leader might be right, but Nelson will only be able to take the Cougars so far because he is as good right now as he is going to be.

    BYU will continue to struggle against the top-30 teams going forward because those teams are better equipped talent wise to overcome Nelson's combination of leadership with limited skill set. An improved Heaps, however, would have given BYU a better shot at knocking on the BCS door 2-3 years from now.

    Now, that BCS timeframe is harder see and will be at least 5 years away. Nelson will be as good next year as he is this year and BYU will once again beat the majority of their opponents, but struggle against the upper tier teams. After Nelson is yet another new guy . . . .

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Football is an animal sport; you are better than football Mr. Heaps----you will always have fans in Utah----sad to see you leave; will follow you in the future.

  • srh83 Hillsboro, OR
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    I wish Heaps the best in his new start. Riley has played exceptionally well, so I don't blame the coaches for this at all. They couldn't have done things much differently in my opinion.

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    Bummer for BYU, Jake and the fans. We will miss you brother but certainly our support goes with you.

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    As for Ute Trolls and Cougar fans with little intelligence that continue to let their dim light so burn opaque you really need to stop coming in here and making fools of yourself. BYU is going to be just fine. This years NC game proves that it is only to showcase the best conference in the nation (THE SEC) with all other AQ conferences only being an SEC strength of schedule booster all be it a rather weak one. Therefore, being in the PAC-12 is beginning to matter even less. Sure it is nice to have yearly battles with 'prestigious' institutions and a division and or conference title to play for, but that is only one very small aspect of why the athletes lace up their cleats to play. I bet most of them just play for love of the game. The best thing about today is that in 40 days all this quacky nonsense will go silent for a while.

  • Silly Rabbit Small Town, USA, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    Alpine Coug I think you are right he will go home to Washington State and play for Mike Leech, he is a throw first coach and runs that type of offensive. Jake Heaps has never been taught that there is a team concept to football, thats were he will struggle the most, he thinks its all about him not the team.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    Obviously, this is a coaching issue since Jake would have to sit out a year whether he stays or goes. Anyone with half a brain knows Jake has the best QB skills this side of Andrew Luck. Since Bronco's golden boy is named Riley, Jake is looking at another wasted year if he stayed. Redshirting at BYU next year would result in the same playing time as he will have anywhere else next year. BYU recruiting just took a big hit. This just tells kids that BYU's coaches cannot develop talent.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    Not a surprise here at all. I wish Jake nothing but the best wherever he ends up at. Things just didn't work out for him at the Y. This happens all the time at multiple colleges. But, in all honesty, Jake only has the person he looks at in the mirror for the main reason he failed here. He didn't produce this year, pure and simple. He had more than ample chances to succeed. With that being said, I'll root for Jake wherever he lands.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    Him and his young family?

    Not even going to touch that one.

    No idea how this can be spun into good news for BYU. This kid was homegrown and feed right into the BYU program. His development was awful from the coaching standpoint. You have to break a kid with his arrogance down a little before you can start building.

    The kid is a headcase, but I'd love his talent with some real coaching, like Whit and Chow.

    Talk about another big hit for BYU football.

    Remember the day he signed? Now let the backtracking from the jubilant posters of that day begin.

  • Realist101 Saint George, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    Haha so much for heaps being the next Steve Young. Byu fans are oblivious to the world outside of the little happy valley

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    Best of luck Jake. I will continue to follow your career, and wish you the best wherever you end up.

    For those concerned with Van Noy or Apo transferring with him: I can't imagine it will happen. Both are currently on track to play in the NFL. Van Noy is a clear leader on defense and is a point of focus during every broadcast. Apo had 9 touchdowns as a Freshman and already used his redshirt. Sitting out a year with a transfer makes absolutely no sense.

  • Coach Ogden, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    I love all the "ifs" and "buts" coming from all the armchair QBs out there...If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas!

    Bottom line is this, Heaps got beat out fair and square. Nelson has earned the right to start and be the guy. I wish Heaps well, but don't let the door hit you on the way out buddy...

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:54 a.m.

    It appears that playing exhibition games as an irrelevant non-AQ independent was not appealing to young Mr. Heaps.

    Welcome to the PAC 12 and big boy football, Jake.

    Dec. 5, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    I don't think that the guys Jake 'recruited' will leave with him. Apo is having a Boss year as a RS freshman, even with Riley throwing to him. If he leaves he will lose a year of eligibility. Van Noy, same. He could red-shirt, but with the year he has had I don't see him leaving to sit somewhere next year. Stout is red-shirting this year and if he left would lose a year of eligibility. The only reason they would leave is if they felt they weren't being treated fairly and I don't think any of them would feel that way.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    Jake Heaps made a good decision. The Cougars are going another direction with quarterbacking. With Doman as offensive coordinator, a dropback qb is not going to work. Whoever is coaching the OL cannot get it done. They are too soft in my opinion. BYU will always be suspect in the defensive secondary as well. Jake going to the University of California? Who can verify that officially. Jake is not tough enough to be a legitimate Division I QB in my opinion, and he is not elusive enough to stay out of trouble when plays break down. I think more thinking should go into who BYU recruits at the QB position. We need a robocop the way the collegiate game has evolved, and the lack of animals who want to block up front. Riley Nelson is as if he is on a survivor reality show. He is being brutalized out there. We need mobile, quick qb's with more depth at receiver (including tighends who can block and run after they get the ball. Not enough team speed in general and people who want to battle for 60 minutes. In short we need more animals being recruited. But wait; student athlete.

  • Weber State Graduate Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    Best move by far for Jake. Doman's offensive schemes did a huge disservice for Heaps based upon his skill set. Jake would never thrive at BYU with Doman as the OC. Nelson is much better suited for the new BYU "Domoffense." Too bad Doman was unwilling to adjust his offense...they could have been an explosive team with Heaps.

    Jake, good luck to you and your family!

  • NT Springville, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    let the "NFL caliber" QB go...and keep the QB coach?


  • Arynen Midvale, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    Fred Vader,

    I think you're too much in love with recruiting numbers and not reality. Heaps may have physical talent, but he has no mental capabilities of making decisions that will move the offense. Riley may not have the stats or physical talent because he throws an imperfect spiral, but he moves the offense and can rally the team. Riley is what BYU needs, not Heaps. Hopefully Heaps can develop into a star with his next team, but it's time to say goodbye. He can't produce the offense here like Riley can, and that is reality.

  • SoDakota Yote Vermillion, SD
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    I grew up as a Washington State Cooog fan and graduated from BYU...
    Young Man--This is a Great Time to move to Pullman and Learn From THE PIRATE!!!

    This way, everyone wins!

    BTW, Good Luck to BYU, too!

  • Two Cents Springville, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    After that garbage time 3 and out Saturday in Hawaii, I figured as much.

    Good luck to him. I hope he can learn to take an occasional hit.

    I won't mind watching him play elsewhere.

  • CanuckFan Vancouver, BC
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    Good luck to you Jake. You were fun at times to watch. There is enough current depth at QB and more coming up the ranks soon (e.g. Mangum) to keep the team strong and the fans happy. I'm sure the Athletics Department, the coaches and fans learned a few things from this experience. In the end, I think Jake realized with only two years left of eligibility, he was not likely to be the starting QB next year and this is the best move for him and his family.

  • Black Shirts South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:45 a.m.

    Apo is next! BM handled this kid all wrong. Riley is AVG with no upside. QB recruits will see this as a negative. This program is sinking faster than the housing market!

  • dustman Nampa, ID
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    I hope Heaps can transfer somewhere that can use his talents. Have a good one!

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    I'm sad to see Heaps leave and I wish I could've seen him succeed at BYU. That being said, the future talent coming in would make it hard for him to ever regain his starting position. Good luck Jake where ever it is you land.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    Note to potential QB recruits to BYU: those with QB skill sets need not apply. If you have a linebacker mentality come on down.

  • Cougar Nation #1 Provo, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    Worst season Bronco has ever had at the Y (just a year after his best season). Both he and Doman bungled this one. At least BYU has a great basketball program. I don't see BYU winning big-time games against TCU, Texas and other elite football programs with riley nelson at QB. Please start someone else next year besides riley nelson.

  • dustman Nampa, ID
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    Will Tanner still come to BYU?

    BYU wants a running QB that throws. Tanner's not a runner. Tanner can throw like no other, but if BYU can't develop him, or won't use him, he may be better off somewhere else.

  • Robert Rexburg, ID
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    I don't think this is a loss for BYU football. Heaps just didn't work, period.

    He may have a good career somewhere.

    Dec. 5, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    I wish Jake the best with whatever team picks him up. To those that don't think the coaching staff gave him a chance I would disagree. They kept him as the starter until they really had no choice but to give someone else a chance. Don't you remember when you where screaming for the coaches to take him out. IMO he just was not ready. Not long ago an article ran that mentioned the frequent meetings that Bronco and Heaps were having. I can't say for sure but I think Bronco probably suggested red-shirting next year with the opportunity to earn the starting spot back and play as a junior and senior. For whatever reason he didn't feel that he could do that. Maybe he had it in his mind that he would be leaving BYU next year for the NFL anyway.
    Again, Jake, good luck and sorry it didn't work out for you.

  • Alpine Coug Alpine, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    Say it ain't so Jake! Where is our National Championship? Sad that it didn't work out for you and BYU, but wish you best of luck wherever you end up.

    Mike Leach at Washington State is a QB guru and may be a better fit.

    All the best Jake.

  • Bleed Crimson Sandy, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    Well, so much for the number 1 recruit out of high school. I thought you Y fans beleived Heaps was the quarterback of the future and not Riley Nelson? Jake Heaps turned out to be the biggest joke. I mean seriously, what kind of high school kid has a public press conference at a sports bar to announce his college of choice? Then when he plays he underachieves! If you want to have a good laugh, watch Jake Heaps play quarterback in the 2011 Utah-BYU game. haha

  • rogerdpack Orem, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    wait shouldn't he at least play in the bowl game?

  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    Good luck Jake. Wish you were sticking with BYU. You could still have a great career here. Doman's credibility and reputation takes another hit. Promoting Doman to OC is looking more and more questionable by the week.

  • Fred Vader Oklahoma City, OK
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    I am a huge Cougar fan, always have been, and always will be. And I usually don't comment in the sports section, but felt angered enough to comment on this news:

    1st, BYU makes no effort and chokes at getting an invite to the Big 12;

    2nd, BYU makes little effort and chokes at getting an invite to the Big East;

    3rd, Bronco's "man crush" on "No-talent Nelson" has cost BYU one of the best recruits they have ever had, Heaps.

    I hate to admit it. No, I really, really hate to admit it, but I think Chris B. has finally got a prediction right: The Cougars are in a nose dive straight toward mediocrity.

    I guess I will just have to get used to "looking forward" to future bowl games against power-houses like Tulsa and UTEP.

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    What NCAA rules apply to transferring from an independent status team? Does he have to sit out a year? Heaps has a lot of talent and I hope it works out well for him.

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    I guess the DN's prediction that Heaps was set to be the next Jimmer this year was a bit off. I now anxiously await the off-season hype for 2012.

  • SCUte Rock Hill, SC
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    Who's going to replace the mouth that was Jake now? Hope he can find a better place to talk and maybe even play. Too bad - he fit in so well with the BYU PR machine - just not with his TEAM! BYU will be better off for sure - I may even root for them on occasion next year - maybe. Go Utes!

  • 1232 Ogden, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    Moderate -
    Message to QB recruits - come and play with passion and leadership or somewhere else would be better for you.

  • RobSing Minneapolis, MN
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    More Importantly: Was this announcement made at Iggy's?

  • Parkite1 Park City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    Best of luck to him and hope he learned some humility and lost some of his arrogance! Heaps should go to Cal or USC and pour it on the utes. Bronco and others say heaps will be a excellent NFL qb, maybe but that remains to be seen I think Nelson proved that that a pocket qb is too predictable and byu needs to go after qbs like nelson. Quite frankly if I was an nfl coach I'd rather have a qb like nelson or tebow than a heaps anyday.

    Dec. 5, 2011 11:35 a.m.

    Good for Jake, hopefully he'll go somewhere his talent is appreciated and his receivers can catch his passes. Heaps is a much Better QB than Riley, Bronco himself said he's an NFL QB. Love how BYU just let's our most talented QB in years go, Can't wait for the Mangum kid from Idaho to come in and run the show though. He can flat out play! Hopefully next year BYU can also get a Solid Runningback to step up instead of running a 30 man rotation in the back field, freaking rediculous.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    Bad choice, Jake. Your best chances for success are with BYU. You still have a chance to be great here, but I doubt other programs will give you a chance. I thought you weren't a quitter. I guess I was wrong.

    But, in Heaps' defense, the coaching staff hasn't exactly been fair to Heaps.

  • Fed Employee Lehi, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    Good luck to Jake. Everyone has to make life decisions. Here's to hoping that he lands on his feet and can make the best of the situation he chooses for himself.

  • Provo4Life PROVO, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    We all saw this coming! Bronco did a horrible job of dealing with this QB situation and all his comments seem so unbelievable. I wish Jake the best adn hope he gets a chance to come back and stick it to BYU. This coming from a BYU fan that feel like Heaps got robbed

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    BYU was known as "Quarterback U", and Bronco calls Jake Heaps "an NFL quarterback".
    Message to QB recruits "We don't know how to develop NFL talent. If you have that potential, apply elsewhere."

    This hurts future recruiting.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Let me guess Cougar fan:

    Now Jake has gone from the greatest to the worst.

  • IdahoAl Boise, Idaho
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    going to Cal

  • Bluecat82 Minneapolis, MN
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    Not a great surprise, but let's see if anyone else leaves with him...

    Dec. 5, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    Thats ok, there are about a half a dozen quarterbacks in the next couple of years that may have better skills than Heaps did, have that Hill kid coming and that kid from Idaho, quarterbacks will never be a problem at BYU.

  • Arynen Midvale, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    Congrats on finding your wife at BYU, and good luck at your next university. Hope it works out better for you!