Jake Heaps and Kansas fall on the road to the Texas Longhorns


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  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    I wish Jake all the best. It didn't work out at BYU and there was a no-fault parting. Playing the blame game is pure speculation. Starting for a weak Kansas team may be more fun than watching Taysom Hill from the bench.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Nov. 5, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    Sad story but not unusual. High school stars often flame out in the next level. Heisman winners often fail in the pros.

    I agree that had Anae stayed in Provo, Heaps might have prospered. He would never have succeeded in the Doman offense. At KU, he's playing for a poor coach at a basketball school. He'll be able to say he was a starting QB in college. That's not so bad.

    I have a friend who was a starting DE at USC. He's in real estate now, making good money and he's a great guy.

    Heaps will find himself and move on, like most college players do.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Nov. 4, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    I like hearing about Jake Heaps, so I'm great with the articles. Enough people have interest that they keep coming. I also wished Heaps would have red shirted a year and tried to improve his game. Last season and after practices, Kansas reported that they had landed a jewel of a QB and Kansas was going to be relevant this year. Unfortunately, Jake still shows his old tendencies to be a poor passer and non-existent scrambler or option QB. Everything is too predictable. I wish Jake a great future as a coach in HS somewhere. He'll be ok. We loved his freshman year at BYU and have great memories. Thanks Jake.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    Dear Farid you apparently did not hear about a guy named Ben Olsen who was also a 5 star recruit. He went on his mission and went to UCLA afterwards when Gary Crowton was forced out.
    Wikipedia quote: In 2001, Olson was considered the top quarterback prospect[1] and even top high school football recruit in the country[2] following a highly productive senior year in which he threw for 2,989 yards and 32 touchdowns.
    College career

    Olson signed with Brigham Young University upon graduating from Thousand Oaks High School in 2002 and redshirted his freshman season. Olson then went on a two-year mission to Canada with the LDS Church.

    Olson transferred to UCLA from BYU in 2005, where he spent the year behind senior Drew Olson (no relation) on the depth chart.

  • FaifeauSam Lehi, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 2:18 p.m.

    Thanks, DN, for the stories about Heaps. I, for one, have been concerned about his playing time at Kansas. It's too bad that so many people cross out those who don't quite measure up to the attitude at BYU and want to throw them under the bus. I truly hope Jake finds a place to play and goes on to show the nay-sayers how life really is. We have all made mistakes in our lives and live to regret some of our decisions. Hopefully, Jake can find success soon before the opportunity passes him by. Please keep publishing stories on him and others who have left the program for whatever reason. Some of us care for the boys/men and are not so concerned about winning or losing!

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 1:40 p.m.

    You have to be surrounded by good players and one player doesn't necessarily make that big of a difference.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    DN, keep on bringing more reports on Jake Heaps. Some people like to know how he is doing and same with Kansas Jayhawks. We all know Jayhawks is for basketball! Thank You!

  • tarbaby5 Herriman, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    Ironically, had Heaps stuck around he likely would have been humbled, become teachable, learned a few things and then gotten another shot when Riley struggled last year. Instead, he ran away, didn't choose to humble himself, and now life is doing it for him. I hope he learns the important life lessons this time... cause he's about out of chances to prove himself in football, and it's the life lessons that really matter anyways.

    I predict that he will now learn what he needs to, and he will excel in his personal and professional life because of it.

  • Farid @ Pocatello Pocatello, ID
    Nov. 4, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    I appreciate these stories about Heaps and I think they are well received and widely appreciated.

    Heaps was the highest rated QB ever to come to BYU and many of us wanted to know, was it the system or the player that led to his poor play and ultimate transfer? Each week--thanks to these stories--we're able to watch how he performs and I think it's become obvious that for whatever reason, Heaps just isn't a great quarterback.

    I wonder if he loses his starting job at Kansas will he transfer one more time, to a lower division school where he doesn't have to sit out another year. Lots of D1 QB's used their final year of eligibility at a Montona or even at a D3 Mt. Union.

    I hope Jake has one great year before he's done, even if it's at a lower level school.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 10:49 a.m.


    When did anyone say a high star is all that matters?

    No, high stars don't guarantee winning.

    Neither does good coaching.

    Neither does practicing hard

    Neither does a good game plan

    Niether does lifting weights

    Neither does being fast

    Neither does having a good diet

    You going to tell us these things don't matter either since they don't guarantee success?

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    DNews-- Please stop writing about Heaps. He's not hear anymore. I wish him well and had hoped he'd do at least a decent job at KU. If people want to know how he's doing, they can find it. Your covering his every game is like watching a slow and painful death. I don't have to read it but why even have the headline out there? No reason for this strange and dysfunctional obsession.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    Too bad he didn't listen to seasoned advice to take a redshirt year and stay at BYU...he'd be in a MUCH different situation if he were still with BYU and now in an Anae run offense. Also good to see that Hill has stepped right up and continues to improve even though he's had a rough start. Too bad for Heaps, I wish him well but just don't see KU competing in much of anything.

  • dbrbmw Orem, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    Don't need to read on Heaps anymore.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Nov. 4, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    I hate to take a contrary view here, but I don't think there was very much truth in some of these comments.

    Jake did just fine under Robert Anae at BYU. Everything changed when Anae left. The O-Line was crumbling. Jake is not a scrambling QB and when the protection breaks down on every play you need a mobile QB like Riley Nelson (who could barely through a spiral). After two years of the Doman redesigned offense, Bronco thought the new offense was a problem and brought Anae back.

    A QB can't do it alone. Heaps made a mistake by going to Kansas because he has no support. Heaps has all the tools to make it in the NFL but only if he has the chance to develop. You can't do that with a crumbling O-line and receivers that drop well thrown balls.

    A QB's stats are rarely individual states. I take a team, and right now Heaps does not have one.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    @ Uteanymous
    You said "Jake's biggest problem - he's more worried about not taking a hit, than about making a play."

    Need to add - "His Jersey doesn't look dirty still." I remember everytime after each BYU games I have never seen any dirt on his jersey.

    @ Amorphous
    You said "Sadly,when Heaps was at BYU he NEVER worked in the weight room"

    How do you know that?

  • Superfly St. George, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    I dont think he is wearing enough pads. geez, play football brotha

  • 1978 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    But he was a 5 star recruit. He is in a BCS conference. I thought that was all that mattered.

  • Amorphous Draper, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    Sadly,when Heaps was at BYU he NEVER worked in the weight room. Regardless the position, you cannot skip the weight room. Watching him this year it is apparent that nothing has changed. He is still weak and afraid. High school will always be his pinnacle.

  • gotold Ivins, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    Jake Heap's football career is pretty much over and that's a shame for this young man who came to BYU with so much fanfare and high expectations. He now finds himself fighting for playing time with a freshman on an awful football team. Obviously, Jake will never play at the professional level and will be totally forgotten by BYU and Kansas fans in a few short years. Well, better he is playing poorly for Kansas this year instead of the Cougs.

  • buryme Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 4, 2013 7:09 a.m.

    Truly a blessing in disguise when he left the program. I could easily see the program struggling right now trying to force fit him into a starting position all at the expense of Hill.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 4, 2013 6:30 a.m.

    Jake's biggest problem - he's more worried about not taking a hit, than about making a play.

  • AFMech APO, AE
    Nov. 4, 2013 5:02 a.m.

    It's tough to see the reasoning behind writing an article about Heaps. He transferred away from BYU and it's rough to see him struggle at Kansas. But if you want to see it, you can watch the games for yourself, or tune into ESPN. Articles like this don't do anything for the BYU program now.

  • tarbaby5 Herriman, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 11:18 p.m.

    Clearly, Heaps left BYU because he felt he was not the problem, and BYU was. He was wrong. Unfortunately, he's just not a very good quarterback at the college level, and BYU was right about him all along. Chalk one up for Bronco. And you can't blame the Cougs for giving Jake every shot, because he's got all the tools and every other school wanted him, too. That's just how it goes sometimes, especially when you come into town with as much hype and self-aggrandizement as Jake did.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 11:07 p.m.

    Its hard to believe that Jake still feels good about his decision to transfer from BYU... at least to Kansas. I do feel somewhat sorry for him. His dream of someday playing in the NFL is looking pretty remote right now.

  • KTar Boise, ID
    Nov. 3, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    Uugh... So glad that guy moved on. Fumble + multiple failed drives following fumble = head case.

    We saw it at BYU, and now the Jayhawks see it in Kansas.