Former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps leaves Kansas football team


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  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    June 17, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    I hold no ill-will towards Jake, but to deny he's a bust in the football sense is absurd.

    Any evaluation of a career has to be adjusted for perceived initial potential. An un-recruited walk-on who becomes a serviceable sub is a success.

    Anyone who goes from being a recruit everyone -- literally -- would've taken in a heartbeat to a guy that can't even hold a starting job at bleepin' Kansas has got to be considered a massive flop. Sorry; it just is what it is. Hopefully he'll turn into a productive, happy civilian after his senior year at Miami and will be able to keep his football disappointments in perspective.

    There's a difference between being honest about the situation and taking delight in it. Turning Jake's career into a comment on BYU or Bronco shows nothing but cluelessness and would only be done by someone with an anti-BYU axe to grind. If someone can find an intelligent article written by someone who doesn't reflexively hate BYU that corroborates your theories about BYU's coaching incompetence, I'd love to read it.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 16, 2014 10:31 p.m.


    "I actually think the coached do a lot with what they have been given. See KVN two start recruit goes to high draft pick."

    KVN was a 4-star kid coming out of high school. High draft picks are where 4-star kids are supposed to go. So bad example there.

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    June 16, 2014 1:44 p.m.

    Michael Romney

    BYU has had the highest player selected in the NFL draft each of the last two seasons.

    The worm has turned. While BYU is adjusting to life as an independent and continuing their nine-game bowl streak, the Utes have fallen off the map into steady decline.

    How long do you think recruits will continue to choose PAC 12 stickers over playing in a bowl game?

    It's becoming more and more obvious that a player can be just as successful, if not more so, playing for BYU, than Utah.

  • BYU fan of the North usa, UT
    June 15, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    You have no idea what you are talking about.Dennis Pitta; was one of the hardest working players that BYU has ever had.He was a walk on player, and learned a lot at the Y.Pitta,loved Coach Mendenhall, and will tell you that not only did he learn about football; he learned about life and being a real man. I know Dennis, and know that you are full of it. Of course, he learned even more in the NFL, EVERY SINGLE PLAYER DOES.
    Have you ever been to a practice and seen them go? I have, and I know all of the players that you mentioned. None of them are lazy, or treated any different than any of the other players at practice.Bronson Kaufusi, and Jan Jorgensen; are some of the hardest working players that I have ever seen. Last year, I attended a closed practice/scrimmage.I saw Bronson push the D-line to the point of several collapsing.He was yelling to get up, and prove why Coach Mendenhall believed in them. It was awesome. Jake's attitude was not something that was shared by a single player that you mentioned.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 15, 2014 6:29 a.m.


    Why is BYU in particular, and college athletics in general, responsible to prepare athletes for professional sports?

    Let the Pros fund their own Development League(s) like baseball. Let colleges get back to providing a post high school education for students who can handle a more rigorous intellectual exercise and who can play sports as an activity. I suppose the Walter Mitty types who live and die for "their" teams will be disappointed.

    It is so sad to see and hear supposed college athlete-students who are functionally illiterate struggle in life having been "farmed" for their physical skills and dropped on life's adult door step ill-prepared for the next five decades.

    As to Mr. Heaps, sometimes things just don't work out. Life isn't fair, we all have to deal with it. We need a little more compassion for our fellow travelers on our life's journey. It makes our collective journey a little more enjoyable.

  • Greg LCNM Las Cruces, New Mexico
    June 15, 2014 3:15 a.m.

    wow!! I have never seen the ball held like that!! What do you think?

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    June 15, 2014 1:01 a.m.

    I wish Jake the very best in the future. He has humbly paid his dues and only wants to play football. Hopefully, he can find a small program where he can play right away and put up some big numbers. I would like his story to have a happy ending with or without the NFL.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 14, 2014 9:15 p.m.

    Wow! And think of all the aggies who were not prepared either.

    Of course, the potential wasn't there anyway.

    How many games have the aggies lost in the past twenty years?

  • Michael Romney Salt Lake, UT
    June 14, 2014 7:33 p.m.

    During the Bronco and Whittingham era they have recruited about the same quality of athletes, with Utah enjoying an uptick and better recruiting class 4 out of the last 5 years, thanks partly to our big time conference.

    But even with more more less similar recruits, bronco has put significantly fewer guys in the NFL. He focuses too much on firesides and making everyone feel warm and fuzzy and less on winning and going on quests and developing players.

    Heaps is a perfect example. A great number of coaches would have developed him into one of the best quarterbacks in college, as he was in high school.

    Not bronco

  • Unbiased1979 dallas, TX
    June 14, 2014 3:10 p.m.

    These comment boards really bring out the salt of the earth. A lot of comments on Heaps individually, and how BYU couldn't coach him up. Some real ignorance there. I can't say anything on Heaps individually or as a person, but I wish him well in whatever he plans to do. To me, he had some talent, laser arm, etc., but just didn't have that "it" factor. I highly doubt he failed because of bad coaching at BYU or at Kansas. A whole ton of so-called "5-star" recruits fail every year. Heck, a whole slew of NFL first round draft picks fail. Conversely, a ton of guys who allegedly have no talent out of high school excel, see J. Football. To all those who think Bronco or his staff are the reason the cougars haven't seen any "glory", I would like to welcome you all to reality. Who exactly do you think BYU recruits? Its not like BYU has a top 20 (or even top 50) recruiting class the past few years. I actually think the coached do a lot with what they have been given. See KVN two start recruit goes to high draft pick.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 14, 2014 1:16 p.m.

    What an upside down world.

    The guy is getting his degree, and people are wondering why he is not going to play college football for another year.

    In the real world in the old days, college students played sports until they graduated. At most schools, their academic performance had to meet minimum standards, or they could not play. Most sports were truly amateur, collegiate activities, with no special benefits or scholarships or fringe benefits of any kind. It was for fun and building character and personal satisfaction, and school spirit.

    Today, college sports, at least football, and nearly as much with basketball, are a business with coaches paid many times the salary of any professor, "students" who are excused from any academic or behavioral transgressions or shortcomings because they can throw a ball, and "academic careers" stretched to much longer than it takes to get a degree, just so they can keep playing sports. Scholarships and benefits are astounding, and those are only the ones that are publicly discussed.

    Be honest, college sports exist only because they are farm teams for the NFL and NBA, no longer amateur sports played by students.

  • Robyuuki Lewisburg, PA
    June 14, 2014 1:10 p.m.

    Hard work is the only answer. Hope he can learn that.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    June 14, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    Anyone who gets a D1 college to pay for their education via playing football, is no "bust".

    Just being good enough to get on the field is its own success, from which any young man should take away a good measure of personal pride.

    Not everyone with high aspirations of starting in college and playing in the NFL makes it. And, not all the ones who do make it have successful lives outside of football either.

    Smile when you look in the mirror Heaps and call the day good when you're done with it all.

  • Aggiefan21 Riverton, UT
    June 14, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    He had be a great talent at some point and I think the expectations took over when some good coaching should have.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 14, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    From a die hard Ute fan who misses the Ute/Cougar rivalry game. Fellow posters? I've found that leaping to the keyboard to pound someone when they are down doesn't help me to feel better about my own life. Just a thought. Good luck to this young man in and away from the football field, where--stuff happens that doesn't really matter much in the scheme of things.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 14, 2014 11:26 a.m.

    My thoughts exactly. Sitting on the sidelines and heckling someone who keeps trying is nothing to be proud of.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    June 14, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    Interesting that he set several freshman passing records at "Quarterback U" but subsequently lost his job to a gritty defensive back who couldn't throw. He then makes a terrible choice of going to play for one of the worst coaches in the country. I hope he gets some better input towards his next move and finally lands up at a quality program with a coach that knows what he is doing.

  • AggieAndee Holladay, UT
    June 14, 2014 9:47 a.m.

    BYU ruined the professional dreams of both Jimmer and Jake Heaps. The school failed these young men by not preparing them to play at the next level. Sad.

  • Logic, just Logic Layton Utah, UT
    June 14, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    You would not have liked it had he stayed at BYU. Nelson was bad, but Heaps would have been a nightmare!

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    June 14, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    My observation here is less about Heaps and more about a recruiting system that elevates and lavishes praise on young players before they have seen Div 1 defenses and speed. I have to wonder how different this would have turned out if the folks in entrusted in his care and the coaches that recruited him had given him a more realistic view of his value (at that time). The kid clearly has the tools, but I always got the feeling that he felt like he had already arrived at an elite status the minute he committed to BYU.

  • Manny Saint George, UT
    June 14, 2014 8:30 a.m.

    Even if jake played out a college career, not all college QB's get a chance at the pro's. Very few of the ones that do achieve any success at it. Then they have to figure out how to make a living without playing football.

    Looks like Jake has an early start at life and can also avoid concussions and other injuries that could hinder his golf game in the future. So, good luck to Jake and I hope he is successful at whatever comes next.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    June 14, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    I wish Jake Heaps well wherever he goes. He has tried hard and gave the effort. I am sure there are many schools maybe like SUU or Weber State that would love to get him. So he didn't work out for BYU. So what. Not every player does.

  • bigv56 Cottonwood, CA
    June 14, 2014 8:11 a.m.

    Classy words Griswold

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    June 14, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    Congratulations Jake. I wish you and you family a great future. There are so many opportunities in football, even if playing didn't work out. I would have been one who would follow your career, but now I'm going to trust that you'll continue to be a great husband and father. Life is great.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    June 14, 2014 6:47 a.m.

    The quarterback of the future is a running one. Tom Brady is still the "king of the hill" but Colin Kappernick and Russ Wilson are now the prototype. Jake Heaps appears to be a lot like Blair Kiel who was the number one qb is the class of 2010 and yet was forced out of ND for a running qb. Even such as Matt Ryan in Atlanta is suspect for the new philosophy. Cm Newton is only a better version of Young and Vick. Personal issues appear to have stopped both and Kappernick is developing the same model of not being able to handle the limelight. Both Heaps and Crist are "big gun" quarterbacks with arms like Tom Brady with whom Weis was associated. In today's college football world, strangely they can't make it.

  • financenco Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2014 6:31 a.m.

    That is what happens when you don't teach humility in the home apparently, or don't listen to your parents, if it was taught. He was spoiled where he played high school. A school that had talent, and all he had to do was throw the ball, and the gifted folks took care of the rest. Then he does a press conference, touting his abilities, and then doesn't have the actions to back up the hype. So he leaves to another school, sits out a year, plays, and is worse then when he was at the Y. Someone was busy reading their press clippings, and spending less time studying. Maybe if you learn from it, you will do well in a different career path.

  • my3cents Nashville, TN
    June 14, 2014 6:24 a.m.

    @ Clark Griswold. I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would take delight in the misfortunes of someone else. Perhaps it's a touch of the green-eyed monster.

    Good luck to Jake. I suspect you will do just fine in life.

  • gotold Ivins, UT
    June 14, 2014 6:19 a.m.

    Well, at the end of the day, he just was not as good as advertised. It's a shame he and others bought so totally into all the hype. He faced expectations he could never meet and tried again with another uniform which proved to be an even worse experience. I wish the young man luck and best wishes as he enters a more important part of his life. Time to move on and leave football behind.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    June 14, 2014 6:15 a.m.

    This shows that BYU did NOT mishandle him. Sometimes things just don't work out the way we think they will. Sometimes people peak in high school. I hope he has a chance to go forward in football--maybe in coaching.

  • Sentinel Ogden, UT
    June 14, 2014 2:37 a.m.

    It seems there is a pattern of leaving things unfinished by Jake Heaps. I hope this applies only to football and not to marriage, a career, providing for his family, etc. I truly hope things will get better for him and am glad to see that he is able to graduate with a degree. Good for him. It really is too bad his football did not turn out to be what everyone had thought and hoped for him.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    June 13, 2014 11:50 p.m.

    No, Jake, "your" (you're) NOT a bust. Most of us can be thankful that there is much more to life than football, and other sports. All the best to you and your family.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    June 13, 2014 11:20 p.m.

    Wait, where are all the people saying that Weis mismanaged him? I thought he was going to go save Kansas from itself! Looks like BYU was right and all the prognosticators wrong. Heaps was a good high school quarterback but couldn't make it D1 football. Now hopefully the Heaps articles will end, but probably not because it's fast approaching the dog days of summer.

  • evansrichdm west jordan , UT
    June 13, 2014 11:04 p.m.

    Hope you get a degree that can get you a job because I dont see the NFL happening.
    You had such promise but your lack of work ethic and not being able to take a hit lead to your downfall. You let you team mates at BYU down therefore you left and did not take the time to regain their respect. You have no one to blame but yourself.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    June 13, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    Good for him that he earned his degree. I'm not a big fan, but I'm not sure what heaping abuse on this young man by us bloggers will do for him or for us. Like many of us, he's had some big dreams go bust. I wish him well and say let's give the kid the same break we would wish for ourselves in life.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    June 13, 2014 10:35 p.m.

    I think he is a good QB. He should have stuck it out at BYU. I am glad he earned his degree.

  • Clark W. Griswold Sandy, Utah
    June 13, 2014 9:51 p.m.

    Give it up Heaps, Your a bust!

    Best of luck to you in the future!

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    June 13, 2014 9:27 p.m.

    More questions than answers about the highly touted Jake Heaps. Good luck to him in his future life. I am sure he and his parents had speculated after high school that he would have a lucrative NFL career following great college ball. What's next for him now since none of that panned out?