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.
Unbiased1979:"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.
Michael RomneyBYU 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.
@U-PAC 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.
@AggieAndeeWhy 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.
wow!! I have never seen the ball held like that!! What do you think?
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
Hard work is the only answer. Hope he can learn that.
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.
He had be a great talent at some point and I think the expectations took over
when some good coaching should have.
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.
@bigv56 My thoughts exactly. Sitting on the sidelines and heckling someone
who keeps trying is nothing to be proud of.
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.
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.
@LovelyDesertYou would not have liked it had he stayed at BYU. Nelson was
bad, but Heaps would have been a nightmare!
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.
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.
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
Classy words Griswold
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.
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.
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.
@ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think he is a good QB. He should have stuck it out at BYU. I am glad he earned
Give it up Heaps, Your a bust! Best of luck to you in the future!
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?