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Published: Monday, Nov. 12 2012 1:58 p.m. MST

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Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

It appears being compelled to be humble is working for Heaps. Too bad he needed to be compelled.

BYU_Aggie
LOGAN, UT

What? Sitting a year out using your redshirt is actually helping him? Maturing? Working on his mental game? Crazy ideas I tell you.

I honestly hope he lives up to his potential. I was sad to see him transfer, but it was pretty apparent that the coaching staff at BYU wasn't helping his progression.

matt4226
Holladay, UT

What is the idea behind requiring student athletes to sit out a year when they transfer between FBS schools? Is it to prevent 'good' players from transferring to 'better' teams? In the case of Jake Heaps it was a mutual decision for him to leave the program. It would be nice for student athletes in his situation to have a process where they can request to have this waived when both the original school and the athlete are in agreement of the departure. I know they already do this in situations where a school is placed on probation.

rafinsure
Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00

I think humility was a problem for Heaps. However, I think he would have done better at BYU with an experienced offensive coordinator. Coach Doman should not have started him as a true freshman to begin with. He did not have the maturity level yet to succeed. I'm surprised Ross Apo didn't pack his bags as well. Apo could have been NFL quality as well with another coaching staff and more opportunities to catch the ball. I think its obvious with Riley Nelson's horrific senior year (since he can't throw the ball), Taysom Hill's unnecessary injury, and Tom Holmoe's comment about a shake up on the offensive staff at the end of the season, there were obstacles outside of Heap's control. He was a missed opportunity. My guess is that Coach Doman will be fired when the season is over.

Still Blue after all these years
Kaysville, UT

How Heaps performs next year will be as telling for Brandon Doman as for Jake Heaps. The question is can Doman coach (and improve) a pocket passer. And what does that say about future recruits if Doman is long-term.

From Ted's Head
Orem, UT

We know Heaps can throw the ball...but can he stand in and take the required hits? I still have an image of him cringing as he was expecting to get hit, against the Utes, I think. The impression I got was not a fear of pain, but the possibility of an injury that would derail his fated NFL career. Sure, I expect the kicker to cringe a bit...but a 5 star recruit? Maybe married life has quickening his manning up.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

I hope he does improve.

For those who think BYU threw him away, he had many, many opportunities to prove himself. I watched him in person against Texas over-throw wide open receivers several times. And his slow snap count resulted in more 5-yard false start penalties than any 5 year time period in the history of BYU football. He had a great game against UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl, but that seems to be where his abilities ended, unfortunately. I won't rehash his performance in Provo against Utah, although given a special team that actually blocked so as to hit a field goal, Jake did enough to bring a victory against Utah in SLC. It just didn't happen.

So the best to you, Jake, in the future. Learn from your past and you'll be better for it.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

If Kansas can block for him next year, he'll have a great season. With a 1-9 record the bar is set pretty low. It won't be hard to exceed the performance of this year at the QB position. I will be looking to see how well he does.
In retrospect, his first year should have been a developmental year and I think he would have done a lot better last year. But as I have said before, you can't teach heart and toughness.

CT98
Saint George, UT

I wish the best of luck to Jake. He certainly struggled while at BYU and I was on the 'Bench Heaps' bandwagon but I admire how he handled the situation at BYU and hope that he finds success in Kansas. Can't wait to watch both Jake and Josh Quezada next year. Should be interesting.

Samwise
Salt Lake City, UT

In all sincerity, I wish Heaps success at Kansas. I think both he and the coaching staff deserve some of the blame for how things turned out at BYU. I am glad redshirting for a year seems like it is having a positive effect on him. I still wish things had worked out at BYU though. Oh well. We have Taysom Hill now, who I think will be better next year anyway if he can improve his passing game.

DaveKnowsWhatsUp
Bloomington, IN

wow, a quote from Heaps that was all about him and how he thinks he's getting better...didn't see that one coming.

BYU DUDE
Provo, UT

Bronco and Brandon blew it ,

ApacheNaiche
PINETOP, AZ

Blame Bush.

sg
newhall, CA

Jake Heaps will NEVER be the type of 5 star QB he was projected to be. He just doesn't have what it takes on a consistent basis and he will never be an NFL QB. I hope he's learning how to be a QB coach or offensive coordinator for a high school team in the future.

sammyg
Springville, UT

yawn...

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I'm glad the KU experience is treating him better than being the golden son of Provo, and I wish him more success in his future, but I think those of you wanting to watch him play in some games next year may be disappointed. Yes, KU's record is awful (to say the least), but since replacing Crist (an even more heralded HS recruit than Heaps), Cummings has playing pretty efficiently, nearly beating Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech, plus he is much quicker and more mobile than Heaps, which is a must for teams with bad offensive lines. My guess is at some point of the season, Heaps will get his shot, but as has been shown this year, nothing is promised.

toosmart, I find it hard to blame false starts on the QB, regardless of what tempo you think their snap count should be, when the OL spend 20 hours a week practicing with him, they should be used to it by then. Plus, I'm pretty sure they had more false starts in the game at Utah this year than all of last season combined, and Heaps had nothing to do with that.

Oregonian
Sherwood, OR

After Jake transferred, I asked a friend of mine, who currently plays BYU football,if he was upset that he left the program. He said, "Good riddance". He mentioned he was arrogant, didn't work, and felt entitled. Granted, that's only one data point. For my part, I wish him only the best at Kansas.

Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK

Heaps lacked the mind set to compete in college football in 2010 and 2011. I was lukewarm on him the first time I saw him play, and I never became a fan. I have replayed some Heaps games over the last few months, and I become less impressed with more review. The coaches do assume blame for his failure, their error was having him on the field at all. He needed a red shirt year to learn the game. He was immobile, lacked the ability read defenses, was incapable of responding to a breakdown and was terrified of injury. His last play in 2011 should have been his open field slide with 6:10 remaining in the 3rd quarter of the Texas game.

I wish him the best in his future endeavors. I think a red shirt year will provide him a much needed opportunity to learn.

BYUfaninWashSt
Everett, WA

Go Jake! Hope you can prove to everyone what many already know about BYU's coaching staff.

JMT
Springville, UT

I'll never forget the image. I don't remember the game, BYU won a close one near the end. As it was over and players were running about the field Jake Heaps went up to Riley Nelson and rubber the top of his head, messing up his hair much as a grandpa would mess up a little 5-year old grandsons hair. An 18-year old doing this to a 23-year was just odd. Spoke of his maturity.

Maturity is a big issue. I hope he has grown. As for Coach Doman. He was a run first, throw second attitude quarterback. He coaches this way. Reminds me of Gary Crowton, always running these designed quarterback runs and getting them clipped at a pretty consistent rate.

Throw first, scramble as you needed. If you want a ball run intentionally, give it to the running back. That is what they are built for.

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