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.
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.
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.
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 and even top high school football recruit in the
country following a highly productive senior year in which he threw for 2,989
yards and 32 touchdowns.College careerOlson 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
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!
You have to be surrounded by good players and one player doesn't
necessarily make that big of a difference.
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!
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.
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.
1978,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 hardNeither does a good
game planNiether does lifting weightsNeither does being
fastNeither does having a good dietYou going to tell us
these things don't matter either since they don't guarantee success?
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
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
Don't need to read on Heaps anymore.
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.
@ UteanymousYou 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.@ AmorphousYou said "Sadly,when Heaps was at BYU he NEVER
worked in the weight room"How do you know that?
I dont think he is wearing enough pads. geez, play football brotha
But he was a 5 star recruit. He is in a BCS conference. I thought that was all
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.
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.
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.
Jake's biggest problem - he's more worried about not taking a hit,
than about making a play.
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.
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.
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.
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