New QB Jake Heaps impressive in Kansas spring game


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  • ApacheNaiche PINETOP, AZ
    July 30, 2013 6:58 p.m.

    BYU ruined Jake Heaps by making him share time with Riley Nelson. I hope the Cougs have learned a lesson from this.

  • wYo8 Rock Springs, WY
    April 18, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    Just glade the grit is done playing. Ol would not improve a weak arm.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 18, 2013 5:41 p.m.

    Heaps of praise.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    He should do alright, I'm pretty sure the Big12 banned defense a decade ago anyway.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    April 18, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    "Jake is the best argument for not starting a freshman qb"

    Tell that to TX A&M's QB who won the Heisman as a Freshman and went to powerful Alabama and won.

    Tell that to Kellen Moore of BSU who was a stud from Freshman to Senior year.

    Any QB can shine under the right circumstances. Any QB can start at any college year. Jake is playing for a good coach. He'll be fine. Had their been different circumstances at BYU when he was here, he likely would still be around. Imagine being a freshman QB when your team goes Independent and expectations to do well the first year are through the roof. Add that to playing on ESPN all the time too. We need to give the guy a break.

    I want him to do so well at KU and silence all the BYU fan haters out there.

  • That's A Good One Salt Lake City, UT
    April 17, 2013 2:38 p.m.

    "At Kansas, with a Major Conference OL, he will have the last laugh on bronco and riley."

    That's like saying "At Utah, with a Major Conference OL, Jordan Wynn will..." Wait, never mind.

  • beuhman Sandy, UT
    April 16, 2013 5:41 p.m.

    Awesome! As a BYU fan, I hope he does well in Kansas and develops as both a football player and as a young man. I'd love to see him have great success.

    April 15, 2013 9:33 p.m.

    @eastcoastcoug - exactly what has the "Talent" done, other than perform well in practice? Seems BYU got the same stellar result in practice. I'm guessing Ziggy, Van Noy, Collie, Pitta, and probably everyone on the team would strongly disagree that BYU does not develop its talent.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    April 15, 2013 8:37 p.m.

    Just shows what "Talent" can do when combined with real coaching. BYU does not develop its talent, much as I love my Cougs...

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    April 15, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    Jake is the best argument for not starting a freshman qb. Had he sat out a year and returned I think I would have done a good job. Too much pressure on a freshman to be a big time qb.
    Good luck to Jake. I hope he does well.

  • brownderby Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 15, 2013 5:44 p.m.

    Jake Heaps is not a student at BYU. He will never return. BYU will never play Kansas while he is there. Let's just drop the subject. Wish him well but please, please, no more articles about Heaps. He is gone. Gone. Gone

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 15, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    Papa Smurf UTE--Jake Heaps is miles ahead of anything the utes can muster. I wouldn't cheer a team not bowl worthy, or capable of winning of winning half their games. Period.

  • Hondo Scottsdale, AZ
    April 15, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    There is now way Jake was "mismanaged." He had everything a kid could want or need - strong academics, housing paid for, food paid for, school paid for, firesides, and the BYU Creamery.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    April 15, 2013 3:20 p.m.


    What you say makes sense except for one thing. At least Rily was willing to throw the ball out there for a receiver to go get. I remember being frustrated that Jake would never throw the ball down the field like he did his freshman year. Maybe Doman wouldn't let him, but that doesn't make any sense. That was his biggest strength.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    April 15, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    I honestly believe that if BYU would recruit players with arms on their backs, and another set attached at the knees and an 8 foot pair out the top of their heads, Heaps would have had a sensational careeer at BYU. But since they do not have such sets of arms, Jake needed to take his time to learn and practice hard to become a great passer. BYU was likely not a good fit for him, because Doman could not create an offense that worked for Heaps' development needs. The pressure was too great to win games, and Jake could not deliver a pizza, much less a football. I think Jake should have sat out a year and come back to the new BYU of 2013, but since he didn't, I wish him the very best at Kansas. He's a great young man and deserves his best shot! Go Kansas and Go Cougs!

  • Provo4Life PROVO, UT
    April 15, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    Despite ample opportunities I do believe Jake was mistreated here at BYU. The role of a backup QB is to come in and create a spark. It is a player the other team hasn't schemed for. That is what Riley Nelson did against Utah St. But anyone who watched that game knows he threw a lucky hail marry to the middle of the field that somehow M jacobsen caught and then a tipped ball td to M Matthews. Yet, somehow he became the starter after that game? Jake had a very short leash and Riley it appeared could make mistake after mistake and not see any reprecussions. We saw how that played out. Bronco loved the guy and wouldn't make a stand or admit he was wrong. Is that a leader, or a stubborn man?

    Also, remember there was ZERO running game. It wasn't until later in the season that Alisa broke through. On top of that a horrible O Coordinator that would soon be fired. he carried more about keeping his job than developing his QB. Remember the reports that they hadn't talked for weeks! Good luck Jake!

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    April 15, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    One of a Few,

    Yes, there is plenty of blame to go around, but that doesn't change anything. Where is it written that sophomore QB can't be a leader? Max Hall seemed to do well for a soph, and Jonny Manzeil did pretty good as a freshman. Stay and train with the guys you go to battle with every week.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    April 15, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    Papa Smurf UTE
    Herriman, UT

    “I have seen a QB at yBu given more of a chance to excel than Heaps was given. His name is RIley Nelson. Riley had more chances and opportunities to become a good QB at yBu and he just couldn't do it.”

    Actually, I think Riley had more asked of him than he was physically able to provide, and he gave it his all. It wasn’t enough, but he gave what was asked of him. I personally respect and admire the man. Glad for a new qb, but I have tremendous respect for him. And Wayne, that's why I defend him every time you take a pot shot at him.

    “Heaps was mis managed. Every QB there other than Max Hall has been mis managed since Bronco took over.”

    Why is it that all of the U posters universally agree that the qb was “mismanaged?” Is that just a little ironic, considering the recent qb trials at Utah? Yes, I am questioning your credentials to judge in this situation.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    April 15, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    Pleasant Grove, UT

    "Heaps will dominate and yes all cougar fans that wanted him out he will be a NFL QB! Oh and how well did our QB do last year? Nice job cougar fan."

    I don't think Heaps will dominate because he doesn't have a dominating support staff. But he may play well enough to get a shot in the NFL.

    "Look for Ross Apo to be moving on soon, then the typical cougar fan can tell us all how bad he was too. You have to love Bronco and staff! (and 80% of cougar nation)"

    Actually, 80% of cougar nation has watched Apo under-perform and we wonder “why?” Cody has exceeded expectations. Skyler too. Even with a difficult qb situation.

  • One of a Few Layton, UT
    April 15, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    Here's what I remember, watching the bowl game last Dec. Lark is QB, nothing spectacular but no mistakes and seems to be warming up to the game. Wait there's a sub, Riley, the toughest player ever at BYU, is in the game finally. I turned to my uncle and said there will be a turnover in a minute, and sure enough Jensen came through. Thankfully, that's the last time Coach thought it a good idea to play a QB with a broken back. I also remember hearing about a locker room that made it clear they wouldn't block for Heaps and I saw more than one game where it looked like the O line quit on him. Obviously, Heaps wasn't a leader. But where is it written the sophomore QB should be the leader? He's the play caller and a passer but there are plenty more positions for leadership. For whatever reason the real team leader, Coach, couldn't lead when it was needed and for that Doman was fired and kids who should have had a better chance, Heaps or Lark, didn't get one.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    April 15, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    Just to clear a few things up. Heaps had a parent who coaches refer to as a "helicopter parent". They hovered over every decision of the football staff, and if they didn't like something, Bronco got a phone call. basically a pain in the butt. Heaps also didn't work out in the off-season with the team. Once school was out he went to an elite training facility in Southern California that was paid for by his parents. Maybe that had something to do with the lack of cohesiveness between him and the receivers. It may also explain some of the drop off between his Freshman and Sophomore years.

    Let's also consider that Jake could have red shirted and had the same years of eligibility that he has at Kansas, without Nelson. All you have to do is watch the 54-10 game to see that Heaps had some issues with physical contact.

    Mismanaged? Maybe to some degree,but the bigger issues were with Jake himself. I hope the fresh start at Kansas does him good and that he is able to reach his potential.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    April 15, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    Papa Smurf - great ones make it happen. Wannabe's make excuses, as do their fans. Riley clearly was not a great one, but I think we got the very best of his limited abilities. Please let us know of all the great quarterbacks who are afraid of taking a hit.

    BTW - Riley was a forgotten commodity through many, many games, until the writing on the wall was too obvious for even the most stubborn (Mendenhall) to ignore. Heaps got all the support until Mendenhall's job was probably on the line by keeping him in. The hype, hope, encouragement, support, loyalty, and game-time opportunity given to an underperforming quarterback like Heaps is unparalleled in BYU's modern football era.

    Beck improved every year at BYU, despite what you think is poor management. Heaps actually digressed from his freshman to sophomore year, and his fear of getting his demolished his accuracy, timing, and poise.

  • bballjunkie Pleasant Grove, UT
    April 15, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    Heaps will dominate and yes all cougar fans that wanted him out he will be a NFL QB! Oh and how well did our QB do last year? Nice job cougar fan.

    Look for Ross Apo to be moving on soon, then the typical cougar fan can tell us all how bad he was too. You have to love Bronco and staff! (and 80% of cougar nation)

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    April 15, 2013 9:26 a.m.


    I have seen a QB at yBu given more of a chance to excel than Heaps was given. His name is RIley Nelson. Riley had more chances and opportunities to become a good QB at yBu and he just couldn't do it. When the head coach is firmly entrenched in your camp, telling everyone how much leadership and Grit you have, only to watch you fail, and fail miserably over and over and over again, but yet keep you in the game with a bad back, a poor arm, and no real "on the field" leadership qualities.

    Heaps was mis managed. Every QB there other than Max Hall has been mis managed since Bronco took over. Beck before Bronco got there was managed poorly, & even in 05 Bronco's first year he wasn't managed correctly. It wasn't until the Utah game in 06 that Beck finally won a big game. Hall came in as a transfer from AZ St, and was fine, but since then every QB since the beginning of the 2010 season has been managed worse than an employee at Mcdonalds. Anae is back with Bronco, so I see much of the same for years to come.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 15, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    I do wish Heaps well, after all, he signed my BYU autographed football.

    I don't fault Heaps for not wanting to take the hits from 300 pound linemen. I wouldn't want to take those either. Nelson probably would have been a lot more effective if he wasn't playing injured from taking all those hits. I do fault him for not even trying to tackle the Ole Miss DB who he threw the pick to, or at least try to push him out of bounds. If it wasn't for KVN heroics, this play would have cost BYU the game.

    I also fault him for his lack of accuracy. I was at the Texas game when M. Jacobsen got wide open on a deep route. Heaps saw him and threw the ball 10 yards over his head. There was no pressure from the the D line. It wasn't like he missed him by a few inches.

    I'm still surprised he went to KU. Even though they're in the Big 12, Nevada or Fresno St. would have been a better opportunity. It's the team, not the conference, as U will find out.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 15, 2013 9:07 a.m.


    "And those many opportunities to shine -- on the 60th+ ranked BYU offense. Who wouldn't prosper in that environment!"

    Uh....Heaps was part of that "60th ranked offense". It wasn't that everyone else on it was bad and held him back, he was as culpable as any of the rest of them. I like the "it's everyone elses fault he didn't perform" claim though.


  • dustman Gallup, NM
    April 15, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    Quit hating! My goodness.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    April 15, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    Hmmm, let's connect the dots shall we? Heaps transferred to Kansas after the offense he ran sputtered. The offense sputtered even worse a year later under a different quarterback. The mastermind of that offense is now selling bball back boards.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 15, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    Good quarterbacks don't get mismanaged. They perform despite the odds.

    Heaps left because he wouldn't beat out Hill, or Ammon Olson.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    April 15, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    Great players, in any sport, rise to the challenge and shine, even if the rest of the team is terrible. Sometimes they can't win a lot of games because of the rest of the team, but great players will shine individually anyway.

    Saying Heaps couldn't play as well as Riley because of the coaches, or poor offensive line, or because he wasn't as mobile as Riley, is just a lot of excuses from people who deny the basic fact that if Heaps was great, he would have overcome those challenges. Yeah - Heaps would have been great if only all the defenders got out of the way to relieve the pressure. Come on, Rock, you're telling us that a lesser quarterback can have moderate success and win bowl games with a poor O-line, but an NFL caliber quarterback can't at least match it?

    I'm not holding my breath to see either of them playing on Sunday.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    April 15, 2013 6:17 a.m.

    @ Tators

    You have some interesting "facts". Yes, Riley did out perform Jake. Was it because Riley was more mobile and could turn broken plays into something? Or was he actually better?

    Jake also would have had a much better year with a decent offensive line.

    We will see which one makes it in the NFL.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    April 15, 2013 4:55 a.m.

    Jake was mismanaged. If he had played for Lavelle and Norm he would of been an All American his sophomore year. At Kansas, with a Major Conference OL, he will have the last laugh on bronco and riley.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 15, 2013 12:48 a.m.

    Hope Jake does well at KU, but he would have been T Hill's backup had he stayed. That's why he left.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 14, 2013 11:43 p.m.

    Heaps has the leadership skills of a gnat. BYU ought to schedule Kansas just so Van Noy can eat Heaps for lunch.

    The big mistake by the Y coaches? They didn't redshirt him his first year and let him learn whatever system Doman had concocted. The kid came in with a big head and left with the same.

    I still prefer Lark over Nelson, but Nelson did have a fire in him but had a lousy O-line.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    April 14, 2013 10:12 p.m.

    "I wish him well and will always regret how he was treated at BYU"????

    I guess it's all about perspective. Seems to me it was his position to lose, which he did all by his own little lonesome. Best passer in BYU history??? Wow. Could have fooled me on that one.

    Heaps was not willing to fight for his position at BYU - end of story.

    I wish him well at Kansas. Hope he does some great things.

  • gbo Draper, UT
    April 14, 2013 10:15 p.m.


    The fact is Riley was as tough as nails, a good leader but very limited on talent. Not a knock on the kid. He can't throw, he's small, and possessed marginal speed. He was never afraid to take a hit. Watch the films and judge for yourself.

    As a man, he will bless the lives of a lot of people. And that wasn't just a comment on Riley. Thanks for allowing me the chance to clarify.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    April 14, 2013 9:12 p.m.

    Good Luck Jake! I am with Y Grad/ YDad and Duckhunter on this one.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    April 14, 2013 9:02 p.m.

    @Rational - why would any commenters here volunteer to stand behind a poor offensive line and risk getting hit? Who of us are nationally acclaimed quarterbacks getting a scholarship for our football prowess? Is that what passes for a "rational" thought from you?

    Guess who is willing to stand in the pocket, even when his teammates can't protect them? Any good quarterback, that's who, and a lot of mediocre ones as well. Having the same offensive line didn't stop Riley Nelson from trying to make something happen until the very end of every play, regardless of the pressure or the size of the defender coming at him.

    I guess it was Doman who made Heaps afraid of taking any kind of shot, and who forced him to make horribly uncatchable passes even when he had time to throw. Think HARD about it.

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    April 14, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    How about we forget the past and wish him the best in the future.

    Everyone is right on the past yet no one agrees. Funny how that works and how we are all experts and none of were there on in his shoes.

    Best to Jake, KU and more importantly to us fans, BYU.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    I am disappointed that there were so many critical comments about BYU. Jake had huge opportunties in Provo. He broke many hearts of loyal fans becaukse of too many over or under throws on 3rd downs. A swing pass to an open receiver on 3 and 5 should be a gimme but they were not. The other big problem appeared to be in the locker room. For whatever reason the team seemed to play better with other QB's. Not sure why and I doubt anyone will ever know.

    Having said all that, I wish Jake the very best. Perhaps if he could have had a redshirt year at BYU he would have been better prepared for college football. Huge kuddos to his wife. She seemed to add a lot of stability to his life. I hope they have a long happy marriage.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    April 14, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    Anything over 1 win on the season is an improvement for Kansas. I'd say Jake is a pretty safe bet to improve that team.
    Regarding the Heaps mismanagement and an earlier claim that the idea is "absurd". Riley Nelson was a 23 year old returned missionary as a junior; Jake Heaps was an 18 year old just out of high school. Bronco Mendenhall made the comment that he felt the talent was about even, so he was going to make his decision based on leadership. Well, gee, I wonder who is going to be the better leader at that point in his life? Bronco set Jake up for failure with his teammates. Bronco should have been the "leader", not a 17 year old freshman or 18 year old sophomore. Bronco should have made the decision to redshirt his talented freshman.
    Of course, all Heaps did was make the Freshman All-American team and pass for more yards than any other freshman in BYU history. Then his offensive coordinator, a guy who'd had five 10-win seasons in six years, was replaced. Doman came in and started calling option plays for a pocket passer like Heaps? Really?

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2013 6:27 p.m.


    "I love Jake, but I too am sick of hearing how he was "mis-managed" at BYU. People love to say this with no valid documented circumstances to back up such an absurd claim. "

    You are right. There is absolutely no evidence that Anae, the offense coordinator who helped Heaps succeed his freshman year, is better than Doman, who lead BYU to two years of pathetic offense. None whatsoever. Or maybe there is. Think about it. Think HARD.

    I also love the comments about Heaps being afraid to of getting hit. I mean, who is afraid of getting hit by 300 lb lineman or 240 lb linebackers running at you at full speed, especially when you have an offensive line that is universally touted as well below average. Certainly commenters on here would courageously volunteer for such duty!

    And those many opportunities to shine -- on the 60th+ ranked BYU offense. Who wouldn't prosper in that environment!

    Good luck to Jake, and good luck to the Cougars and their new/old offensive coordinator.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    April 14, 2013 6:20 p.m.

    That's nice to see that Jake is doing well and has made a couple of friends at Kansas...but it really boils down to missing out on having a real team to back him up or a legitimate coach who can develop his potential...which Jake does have a lot of... if he can just whet his ego and conduct himself accordingly....something he definitely fell short of doing when he left BYU in the manner that he did.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    April 14, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    Jake was quite impressive at BYU during the spring.

    But that didn't translate to the regular season.

    come to think of it riley nelson was sort of impressive during the spring as well.

    I hope Jake does well but I'm not holding my breath..

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    April 14, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    @gbo - I wonder if I'm the only one to see the irony of you calling Thomas Jefferson petty for his comments about Heaps, then referring to Riley Nelson as gritty with no talent. I guess it takes a petty commenter to know one.

    @Wayne Rout - please give us the statistics showing Heaps as the best passer ever at BYU. I don't think he makes the top 20. A strong arm does not a great passer make. His passes were consistently overthrown on long routes, uncatchable bullets on short ones, and in the grass at medium range. His terror of being hit permeated his performance.

    I'm with Y Grad/Y Dad on this one. I wish Heaps the very best, but any consistently solid performance with Kansas will be the result of him growing up, improving his skills, and overcoming his fear of large defenders - not any proof that BYU mishandled him. I've never seen a quarterback at BYU given more opportunity to excel than Heaps.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    April 14, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    Fact 1: Jake lost his job because Riley out performed him.
    Fact 2: Riley would have had a much better year with a decent offensive line.
    Fact 3: Jake quit his team before finishing the year... their bowl game.
    Fact 4: Playing a no qb hit practice game against a reserve squad defense means almost nothing.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    April 14, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    I, for one, think BYU should have fought harder to keep Jake Heaps here. There's a reason he was ranked one of the very best at QB coming out of high school. His confidence took a big, BIG hit the season he finally left but I think coaching was responsible for a big part of that.

    I think Heaps will excel at Kansas and we'll live to regret the day he walked away.


    (P.S. - I think Taysom Hill is going to be AWESOME but if Heaps had stayed, this would be his senior year and Hill could still be learning the ropes, ready to accept the reins his junior and senior year. 'Too much, too soon' can easily damage an athlete's confidence and once their confidence goes, it's light out....

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    April 14, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    I live in Washington State and work with a close relative of Jake's. I know things that are not publicly known.
    Jake may have been mishandled but that is not why he left.

    Coach Doman is a great guy but he changed too much too fast. The entire offense sputtered. The O-line had their problems. With no protection and every play becoming a broken play it is little wonder that a scrambling QB would become a starter.

    I wish Jake nothing but the best. He has talent and deserves it. I want to see him in the NFL.
    As a BYU Cougar I also look forward to an amazing season this year (hope I am not disappointed).
    I was saddened to see Coach Doman leave BYU and coaching. He could be great with a bit more experience. I also wish his nothing but the best as he joins his families business.

  • bribri86 Phoenix, AZ
    April 14, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    Why are we constantly berated with these humdrum articles about a has been BYU quarterback who transferred to a bottom dwelling big 12 school and was able to 'shred' the bad defense because he picked a favorite receiver and threw it to him most of the game? He transferred...get over him!

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    Good luck, Jake. If you had stayed at BYU we would be hearing the same sniping we heard about Riley Nelson.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    April 14, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    I love Jake, but I too am sick of hearing how he was "mis-managed" at BYU. People love to say this with no valid documented circumstances to back up such an absurd claim.

    Jake has more than paid the price and deserves some success in his life. This whole ordeal was very costly to him and his family as his parents marriage did not survive this. I wish him and his family nothing but success.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    Jake didn't have a problem in the skills department....he just threw everything five short in the dirt....and I do mean everything!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 14, 2013 11:30 a.m.


    Heaps was most vertainly not the best passer ever at BYU, not even close. He couldn't hit the broad side of a barn his sophomore year. Not to mention there were some guys at BYU like McMahon, Young, and Detmer, that were near 70% completion percetages for their careers. I believe Young even completed more than 70% one season.

    Your bitterness and over the top hyperbole on this subject are pretty tired, get over it and get on with your life.

    As for Jake I absolutely wish him the best, I hope he is hugely successful and I think he has been extremely classy about his entire BYU situation. I wish he had stayed and kept working on it here but he had to do what he thought was best for him and I support that.

    Good luck Jake.

  • rok Boise, CA
    April 14, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    IF he does well, blame for his poor performance at BYU will shift from Jake Heaps to Brandon Doman.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    April 14, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    Count me squarly on both sides of the fence (a rather uncomfortable position). I wish Jake absolutely and without regret the most success in the world. I hope he does lead his team out of the wilderness and into the promised land, and that he goes on to have a wonderful pro career.

    But if by being mis-managed by the coaches while at BYU you mean that he was given every opportunity to shine and lead, but did neither, and that somehow the coaches were responsible for this, then I am not in camp. If his trajectory had continued from his first year, things would have been different. But Riley didn't steal the starting job from Jake - he squandered it.

    So he appears to have learned, to have grown. Good for him! I'd hate to have all that pressure as an 18 year old. And I'd hate to have all that talent and not be able to use it.

    But he would not have been able to make more of the struggling offense than Riley, Taysom or James did. And sorry Wayne. Fielding punts would not have helped him either.

  • SoCalTrueBlue San Diego, CA
    April 14, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Not surprised that Jake Heaps performed well in a scrimmage where "quarterbacks could not be hit." His major weakness while at BYU was a fear of being hit. I am tired of all the comments about the coaches handling Jake poorly while at BYU. He was given plenty of opportunity to shine, and he failed to do so. I wish him well at Kansas but doubt he will lead his team to more than 3-4 victories in the tough Big 12.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    April 14, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    I wish Jake all the luck in the world at Kansas. I am one Cougar fan who thinks he was mismanaged while at BYU.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    April 14, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    They like his leadership. Jake is probably the best passer ever to attend BYU. He now has a coach that will support him and help him to develop. No, he does not have to field punts. He will be a star. I wish him well and will always regret how he was treated at BYU. We more than paid the price for our mistakes last year.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    April 14, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    "I'd like to thank my publicist" looks impressive.

    I wish "I'd like to thank my publicist" the best and a great career.

  • gbo Draper, UT
    April 14, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    Jake Heaps was handled poorly at BYU by the coaches after Coach Anae left. Thomas Jefferson wishing him ill demonstrates pettiness. As mindgames said, Jake has been nothing but professional after his departure. I wonder what last season might have been like had BYU had a good QB and O-line along with the defense. Could have been a special year instead of relying on grit with no talent.

    I wish Jake all the success in the world and hope he has terrific junior and senior years. He's a class act and has earned the opportunity for success.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    April 13, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    Congrats to Jake. Hope he is very successful with his new team. It was hard to see him transfer, but it seems that it was good for him. He has kept a good attitude about his transfer and has kept the bad-mouthing out of his interviews. I am sure there was a lot more to his transfer than was talked about, but it is his decision and he seems to have adjusted to the changes well.

    Sitting out a year had to be hard, but he seemed to be successful with the scout team. Good luck Jake and I hope your college career is a success.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    April 13, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    "Just being efficient," said Heaps, the offensive MVP of the game. "Don't turn the ball over and be out there for my teammates. It was a lot of fun to be out there and enjoy the moment."

    Looks like maybe he's learned some things since leaving BYU. Didn't see enough of those things while he was here or he may still be here.