True freshman Brad Kaaya beats out former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps for Miami's QB job


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  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Aug. 29, 2014 7:48 a.m.

    Ken says: "This guy sums up most byu players and fans very well. They'd be wise to save all the boasting and arrogance for AFTER they see what the scoreboard says."

    Based on . . not much at all. I read these boards pretty regularly, and nothing like this pops up except in the active imaginations of Ute fans locked into "little brother" mentality. Someone writes something optimistic like "If we can get past X, Y, and Z teams we'll have a chance at a BCS bowl!" and that's somehow "boasting and arrogance." Like I said, active imagination.

    As for Heaps, turns out he's just not very good at the D1 college level, like a lot of guys. Granted, his fall from 4-5 star guy to poor starter and backup is more startling than most, but he's not the first to take that tumble. It just goes to show how much tougher college football is than HS football.

    As for his lack of humility, or his dad, or his future, I have no idea. People act like they know the guy. You don't. He's a complete stranger to everyone here.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 26, 2014 2:23 p.m.

    I am very disappointed. I was really hoping to see how Jake fared behind a decent O-Line and really good athletes receiving his passes. I still hope he gets his chance.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Aug. 25, 2014 3:54 p.m.

    Time has vindicated the BYU coaching staff. Thankfully we no longer have to hear about how Heaps' lack of success was the result of mis-handling a thoroughbred talent.

    I wish Jake well in life, but he probably has a lot of re-thinking to do. I remember an interview he did with "Softy" Mahler on Seattle's KJR after he had graduated high school and was getting set to move to Provo. Seemed like Jake's biggest goal was to make marks in the college and pro games, then settle into a nice sports broadcasting gig, a la Steve Young. This kinda gets in the way of that plan.

    Aug. 25, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    We often learn more from our failures than our successes. And you never know what might happen in the course of a season of football. Best of luck to Heaps.

  • sherlock holmes Eastern, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    The biggest surprise in this article is that Donna Shalala, the UM Pres, and a former Clinton cabinet secretary, is aware of of a football quarterback, and that, as a true freshmen (never been to a UM class yet), he is a good student.

    This freshman may prove her right, and me wrong. But let's wait and see...

  • SharpHooks Lake Sammamish, WA
    Aug. 25, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    Heaps is a fine young man. He's just not as good a QB as we hoped he would be.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Aug. 25, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    The difference was in the amount of effort - Kaaya dove into the playbook and never ventured off campus (he did manage to meet and impress the Univ. President!). Kaaya gets what he has worked so hard for. I don't know what Heaps did but there were no observations about his work ethic. None.

    Chris B - read the comments, my friend - there are plenty of BYU fans here saying that Heaps was a bust. You and your friends don't need to get so worked up every time the letters B-Y-U show up...

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    Jake had some really good promise. I'm not sure what happened, but I'm fairly certain humility and a lack of entitlement that occurred after he committed didn't help him.

    Gee Chris B. I read comments all the time from ute players and fans about eventually winning an NC. That would seem equally ludicrous of a statement things being what they are with the ute program right now.

    But I don't condemn the desire or positive thinking in it. Nor would I ever expect to find any comments from you deriding it.

  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    I was never the biggest Heaps fan, and even though he won't get the chance to live out his dream on the next level, he's getting a relatively cheap if not free college experience, he gets to live in Miami, and he could be getting unlimited meals while he's at it. Sounds much better than Provo or Salt Lake...especially in another month or two.

  • Parkite1 Park City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    Love the comment about Utah, they have proved to be a JOKE in the PAC-12 the UNLV of the PAC-12. Shame controversial politics and Sunday play kept BYU out of the PAC-12, and insteed they went with the little sister team from up North. Heaps has been a wash-out just like Utah has been and will continue to be a bottom-dweller in the PAC-12 no Rose Bowl will ever be in Utah's future. Instead another no bowl season and Whittingham will be jobless. However Utah did have a chance had Colorado not upset Utah at Rice and ended their 23 game road losing streak!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    After BYU, Kansas and Miami, maybe, just maybe, Heaps really isn't that good. Maybe he should move to some other endeavor. There is more to life than football.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    @GoRed "I wonder what school Heaps will transfer next?"

    All jesting aside, if it were even possible to transfer it certainly wouldn't be the U of U. They are already well stocked with sub par quarterbacks. This would include the starting QB.

    It won't be near enough for surviving the SOS U are so proud.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Aug. 25, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    Good luck, Jake. Keep your head in the game, you may get some opportunities to play some meaningful football this year.

  • Robroy Murray, utah
    Aug. 25, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    Good luck Jake. Great arm but not really the gamer mentality. Looks like Bronco was right after all.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 10:33 a.m.

    Hope the best for Jake. I am sad it didn't work out for him, but he is getting a Master's from a prestigious university and will be relatively debt free when he hits the work force. Football doesn't define a man or the life he has a head of him. I hope, as all of us have, that we will use our life experience and continue to progress and grow as a man, husband, and father. Good luck Jake.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    Too bad, so much potential. But maybe he really sums up what a student athlete should be, student first! I'm glad he's been focused on degrees and not just on playing.

  • Idahotransplant West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    Humility, desire, drive and hard work sometimes trumps potential. Jake Heaps had the potential but not the humility and drive it takes to be successful. Was he teachable? I hope he has learned something from his time at BYU, Kansas and now Miami.

    Coming from The Seattle area, he may have been more successful at Eastern Washington.

    Aug. 25, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    Jake unfortunately has followed in the steps of Bret Engemann--all American status was assured in his own mind before his first college snap. Unfortunately, something went terribly wrong along his path to a normal life with the rest of us ordinary people who will never achieve athletic greatness. I am shocked to learn from Engemann's profile he did play for the Raiders. Wow. Maybe Jake has some NFL in his future after all!

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    One of the worst decisions I ever made as a kid--a mindset that stayed with me for years--was to quit my school basketball team mid-season in favor of playing time on the church team. I see the same mindset here, and it will affect Jake until he accepts that great effort--rather than looking for the easy way out--is the key to success.

    I have a talented son who had a horrible experience when his soccer coach changed, and wanted to quit mid-season. I tried to be gentle but told him we needed to keep our commitment to the team for the year. I wasn't completely sure I'd made the right decision in that regard, as it scarred him to the extent he said he didn't want to play soccer again, and took an "indefinite" break from the game. But now, a year later, he has found a good situation and has a renewed outlook to try to be the best he can be at the game. I am certain he would not reach his potential if we had allowed him to quit when things were tough.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:49 a.m.


    "Jake Heaps biggest problem was lack of humility..."

    I think you're correct. First time I met Jake, he had just arrived on campus and was attending a dinner for a departing missionary. Jake was sitting alone at a table already in the mode of big man on campus, while Brandon Davies was bussing tables.

    It's amazing how different their college careers turned out.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    I don't know what Heaps major is, but he surely earned a minor in "US geography". The Kid from Seattle goes to Utah, then to Kansas and then to Miami. He knows the terrain.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    Jake Heaps biggest problem was lack of humility and believing his own press clippings. I blame his arrogant father. Had BYU done the right thing and redshirted him his freshman year, and had Jake accepted that, he'd have had a much better career. Would have given him a better handle on the offense and allowed him to learn, which he needed. And them maybe Bronco could have instilled in him some drive. But then again that is all speculation.

  • Rose Bowl call yet? Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 9:04 a.m.


    Yes, BYU fans are sooooo much different than Utah fans who claimed they could compete with anybody and would be playing in the Rose Bowl as soon as the Utes joined the PAC 12.

    Take off the crimson goggles and see reality for a change.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    This guy sums up most byu players and fans very well. They'd be wise to save all the boasting and arrogance for AFTER they see what the scoreboard says.

    Go Utes!!

  • Chamberlain Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    I feel sorry for the way Jake's college career has turned out.

    Great kid with a great arm, but he never took the time to learn how to read defenses, he was too afraid to ever take a hit (which lead to quick passes, often before the receiver was in position to catch the ball), and, in baseball terms, he only had one pitch, a fastball. He never learned how to adjust his passes to the situation, always throwing bullets, instead of learning how to throw a change up and put some touch on the ball. And, Jake lacked competitive spirit.

    If Jake had had half the competitive spirit of Riley Nelson, he would have been an All-American.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 25, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    If he would have stayed at BYU, he would have won the Heisman. I just know it.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 25, 2014 7:49 a.m.

    I hope he's taking advantage of his education and getting a meaningful degree; because he sure isn't going to be playing on Sundays.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 6:10 a.m.

    Some hard lessons that this young man went thru and I can only imagine the mental cobwebs that have been left in his head for the rest of his life because of it.

    I wish Jake well. I hope the media decides to just leave the poor guy alone.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Aug. 24, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    Act like it's 2013 and not like you're 13. I'm with you Tom.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Aug. 24, 2014 8:08 p.m.

    I am with Johnny with this one. Many grad students would be envious. Debt free, education experiences in Utah, Kansas and Florida, life experiences that most will never have.... He has had an interesting run and I think he has made reasonable decisions along the way. Most college quarterbacks graduate with less playing time than Jake. The difference is the unreasonable expectations that were made about him.

    Well done Jake. I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Aug. 24, 2014 7:04 p.m.

    sweep - you represent your university well.

  • IQ92 hi, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    Anyone know what Heaps' major was/is at Kansas/Miami? If he finishes with no student loans, he's way ahead of most students. And that's nothing to sneeze at—especially if his major is not in communication, policy sci, history, art, sociology, philosophy, etc., etc., etc., etc.). Maybe recreation management...why not.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 5:47 p.m.


    I would hope that Jake is getting a pretty good Masters Degree. I wish him the best, and hope that this year puts him in a position to succeed in his future career.

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Aug. 24, 2014 5:47 p.m.

    Lots of folks pay for their graduate degrees; congratulations to Jake for getting a free education. He is still one hard tackle from being the starter.

  • Bountiful Guy Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 5:42 p.m.

    This doesn't surprise me. I wish Jake well, but he just needs to learn that success comes with lots of hard work. And hard work begins when you are a freshman and continues all year, even well outside of the football season. This could be a great lesson of life. Best to you in your future endeavors Jake.

    Aug. 24, 2014 4:03 p.m.

    I wonder what school Heaps will transfer next?

  • clwnuke Park City, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    So what does Jake do now? I wouldn't want to waste my last year of eligibility sitting on the bench. Might as well get a start on life rather than hoping to get in at the last 30 seconds of every game. Good luck Jake. Tell UM thanks and move on to get a job somewhere.