Bummer.I believe Heaps had the potential to be a big-time college
QB. He had flashes of it the last part of his freshman year. What he seemed to
have lost since then was his confidence.Good luck getting it back,
My guess is that his Dad is already in contact with the Coach at Whitworth
University in Spokane, WA(Division III) where he will compete for the Starting
QB this coming Spring.This is all to Similar to one DREW
MILLER.....Take a look at his info sheet on the BYU Athletic sight for Past
Players.I hope he can make work at the next level(DIII) and play in
the Canadian League some Day!!!
Oldcougar- don't you remember he got married after his Freshman year? A
mission is a ways off.
The football pH had to be way too perfect for Heaps to perform as we were
promised. In the real world however, almost no quarterback has a perfect
offensive line, defense, and special teams to work with. The great ones work
with what they have and innovate. I hope this is a lesson learned
for Jake Heaps. While I'm not a football player, I once painfully had to
learn this same kind of lesson for myself. It hurts to admit you're
overrated, but it beats continuing on with the delusion, all the while wondering
why outstanding success eludes you.Fortunately, there is more to
life than football. I'm sure Jake Heaps will figure things out and do just
fine. Good luck, Jake!
I don't feel sorry for any scholarship player. Free schooling and
privelages that the average Joe doesn't get. I sure don't feel sorry
for Heaps. Isn't a division 1 QB and isn't a team player or leader.
He might be a decent high school qb coach, NOT!
If the ever egotistical Jake would have red-shirted his freshman year, his
career may have turned out differently. Shucks. Sounds like the Olsen kid and
his transfer to UCLA.
Thanks DesNews for including articles about Jake Heaps. I follow him every week
and look for the articles in Kansas as well. I followed the game and took
interest in Jake not starting. He's a fine young man and I wish him the
very best in whatever and wherever he goes. For those who do not wish to follow
Jake, please feel invited to not read nor comment. He is news to many, more so
than Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus, whom I choose to ignore. Good luck Jake.
I must say that Heap's arrogance put me off a bit when he came to BYU but
now I really feel sorry for the kid. I agree with the other commenters about
leaving the poor kid alone.
RepresentBlue,An O line would have helped Heaps. But he is lacking
still.Did you see the game against Texas when he threw the
interception? The Texas interceptor ran right by Heaps, who was walking off the
field and made no effort at all to make a tackle. I can't imaging a QB not
being frustrated towards the guy who just intercepted him and make an effort to
bring him down. Or did you see when Heaps tried to jump over the
ball in the end zone (Utah game).I don't know what was going on
his Heaps head. Did he believe he was so valuable that he couldn't risk an
injury? Was he afraid of getting hurt? I don't know. But whatever it
was, it wasn't good for team play.I am sure Heaps is a great
guy. I am liking our QB at BYU right now.
Um no he can not go on a mission he is married! People he can not pass, punt or
kick let alone run the option offense. He has no "it" Heart
people.Yes he is part of the BYU story.Heap's was that
"GUY" the last "Pure passing QB" at the BYU. The Bronco
uptempo offensive scheme's are the "Change of Identity" for the
"NEW" BYU.The BYU is a QB factory, the Pistol/Diamond/Play action
offense. BYU is now with mainstream of the NCAA Football landscape. Jake you came to the NCAA a couple decades to late.
Jake can still serve a mission after he retires in his old age and come back and
watch his grandkids play football.
Hopefully he succeeds at the most important thing in life which will be his wife
and family. I can imagine this has been tough and stressful for them. I hope
that he has a great life. There are a lot of unsuccessful highly
recruited quarterbacks all across the country. Notre Dame recruits them all the
time . . . Dayne Crist and Jimmy Clausen come to mind. That doesn't mean
that you should stick to 2 star quarterbacks, but I would say that coaches have
the best barometer on whether or not quarterbacks have success. Taysom Hill was
a 3 star quarterback out of high school, James Lark was a 4 star quarterback and
played like one with the limited time that he received, and let's hope that
Tanner Mangum (4 star quarterback) plays up to par because he is slated to be
the future at BYU's QB when he comes home.
I actually like these articles because it gives me the opportunity to keep
pointing out that 5 star recruits and membership in a BCS conference are the two
most overrated things in college sports today.
@ Chris B:When BYU beat Texas earlier this year, you kept telling us
how bad the Big 12 is and that they aren't a "prestigious"
conference like the PAC12. And now you are trying to tell us that that is all
it takes to make Heaps happy... inclusion in the Big 12 conference... in spite
of the fact that Jake is no longer starting. Baloney. I hope it
doesn't hurt when you speak out of both sides of your mouth, because that
is exactly what you are doing.Jake was always all about Jake. That
is why he never seemed happy whenever BYU won when Riley was the qb... and why
he transferred while the team was still doing well. A team player doesn't
do those things. I assure you that being on a team in the Big 12 is
the last thing Jake is currently concerned about.
For those of you who are critical of Jake, remember this:Jake is a
human being, not some object to be criticized and made fun of. He has hopes and
dreams just like you do. Sure, he made some mistakes, but who hasn't? I
live in Washington State. He was great in High School. He did a very good job
his freshman year at BYU. It wasn't until Anae left that problems began to
develop. It was obvious that Brandon Doman was a very good QB coach but needed
more time to grown into the OC job. Jake just needs a good team with
good targets and a decent offensive line. Give him that and he would be fine.
Problem is that Jake needs that now so he can develop into an NFL QB, something
that probably will not happen in his current situation.Just
remember, Jake is somebodies son, brother, husband, etc. and many of them read
these comments. Don't say something here that you would not say to their
With this one receiving nearly 40 comments in the first 12 hours since it first
appeared, like it or not, we should all be prepared for more Jake Heaps updates
@oldcougarWhat would his wife do while he's out on a mission?
He got married between his freshman and sophomore year...
What? Where was the pompous press conference at a bar? Did Jayhawk fans start to
backtrack their boasting about winning Heisman's and National
Championships? Can't believe I missed this, so glad the Des News is still
covering the almighty one!
Good point, OldCougar. I hadn't thought of that, but I still think he has
some football days left in his future. Thanks oddman for voicing what I have
felt. I tried to find news about Jake many times but only recently has the DN
given me what I wanted to know. Good luck, Jake!
@ crheadogNo it was a comment aimed at a disrepectful post, I cheer for
the U and the Y.Utah is a good team that has played a tough schedule.BYU has a schedule in the top 15% of college football and have 7 wins.That is impressive. Utah has an impressive shedule, but are not bowl
eligible.They did not beat me (I was involved in college athletics, but
not at the Y) I am not on the team.What is dumb is bragging about beating
a rival but not competing in conference. And it is true BYU is bowl
eligible and the U is not.Simple fact.Have a good day.
I will say this ...Jake was afforded every opportunity at Kansas to prove
himself and he just didn't get it done. I watched several Jayhawk games and
Heaps didn't play well in any of them. He looked tentative - his throws
were off target and he turned the ball over far too many times. I was really
surprised to see Jake play so poorly. Charlie Wise gave Jake every chance to
solidify his starting role and Jake simply didn't get it done. The window
of opportunity opens then closes when you don't play well as a QB. Jake may
be finished as a starter going forward. I think Heaps problems are not physical
- they are more mental not being composed as a QB and not seeing the field.
Robert Anae seemed to have Jake on a role at the end of his freshman year in the
bowl game ...too bad we didn't get to see that continue.
Isn't it time to stop talking Jake Heaps in Utah?
oldcougar: He's married. I don't see him coming back after a mission.
I wish him the very best! Also, not all of us, but MOST of us have heard about
all we care to about Heaps...More news, simply sounds like he's being
kicked while he's down---
BESMART dumb comment aimed towards a team that has beat you 9 of the last 12.
Every loss utah mounts up just looks bad on your team after you get beat by us.
it shows up everytime you play a team comparable to teams we play. Wisconsin,
Jake has a monster arm an could have been a great asset for the right team.
Wisconsin is a perfect fit for a QB like Jake. Huge Oline and a feirce running
attack that does not include your QB running the ball. To bad he was not smart
enough to realise who he is and were he needed to go. His choices ruined his
The prevailing BYU fan attitude towards Heaps is either pity or complete
indifference. I would think Ute fans would feel some kinship with
the kid. Since joining the PAC 10.2, the TUN has "accomplished"
approximately as much as Jake has in your respective BCS conferences. I
don't know him, but I tend to doubt he's as jazzed about being able to
simply hang around the fringes with the "cool kids" as certain of you
seem to be. I'm guessing he expected to actually accomplish some stuff."I LOVE my BCS membership!" If anyone locates a clip
of Jake on camera saying this, please forward the link. It's much more
likely you'll find plenty of video of him staring blankly into space from
the Kansas sideline or clinging defensively to his scrapbook of high school
press clippings.As for his future pro prospects, stop it. Just . .
stop it. I would love to see him succeed in whatever career path he chooses, but
his pro aspirations are about as realistic as Robbie Bocso's . . the
current 50 year-old version.
@Reno Cougs Fan 68It does not "prove" anything other than
Jake has struggled in both systems which have both struggled with their O-line.
Heaps was never cut out for an offense without good pass protection. We will
never know what kind of improvements he could have made at BYU if their O-line
had not been so horrible the last four years. Max Hall, who has more wins than
any other QB to play at BYU, would have struggled as well if he had played
behind the O-line BYU that has fielded since he graduated. There is a reason why
BYU has played running QB's like Nelson and Hill since then. It is because
their O-line cannot provide adequate protection for a pocket passer like Beck,
Hall and Heaps. The bottom line is Heaps had his chances at both BYU and KU, but
neither of those chances were particularly well suited for his abilities, and we
will never know what kind of QB he could have been at BYU if the O-line was
better. My personal belief is he could have been as good as Hall, but not as
good as McMahon or Detmer.
Enough already with Jake Heaps. I wish him the best, but don't want to
continue reading about his troubles. Thanks.
@oldcougarJake is married so he would have to wait a long time
before he can serve a senior mission.
oldcougar, the Church doesn't usually call young married men on missions.
@ Chris BBYU has achieved what all Utah fans want.A winning season
Chris BSalt Lake City, UTHeaps did achieve something that byu
fans everywhere want: Big 12 inclusion.===Not everyones dream
is to sit at the cool table, and suck up to the rich kids as they beat them down
week in and week out.------------oldcougarOrem, UTHe could still serve a mission,===Ummm,
Heaps' is married.Some people are comfortable being who they
He could still serve a mission, grow up a little, then come back and try again.
I wish him all the very best.
I have soughtg out news of Heaps every single week and I don't live in Utah
nor have any strong opinion re his abilities. That being said I am so glad to
get news of him in Dnews. Thanks. It is obvious that his heart doesn't
match what many believed were his outstanding athletic tools. There is an
intangible often referred to "it" that he obviously doesn't have.
Hope his education prepares him for life's struggles that nearly all
"Anyone can hand the ball off." Darn, I always wanted to play big-time
football, and only now I learn how easy it is to be a successful hand-off
quarterback.Fact is, Cozart is a successful OPTION quarterback, so
of course he has specific skills that made him successful on Saturday.
Unfortunately, Heaps has not shown the skills at Kansas to be successful as any
kind of quarterback.By the way, hobbes, Heaps is definitely
"apart of [from]" from BYU, although he certainly is no longer "a
part of" BYU.
Heaps did achieve something that byu fans everywhere want: Big 12 inclusion.
"I feel sad for Jake. He deserved better. He made a mistake coming to BYU
and compounded it by making a mistake by going to Kansas of all places."Really?? Heaps got a "fair shot" at both BYU and
Kansas and couldn't capitalize. Sad but true.
" ...... I feel bad for Jake, but he should have stayed here at BYU .....
" Why?? But, I guess Charlie Weis (like the Bronco
haters said about Bronco), didn't know how to develop a future all-american
quarter back. Baloney. Heaps just didn't have it at
BYU, nor did he have it at Kansas. That's the reality.
I think what this article proves is that all the BYU and Bronco haters were
wrong about the whole Jake Heaps and BYU situation!!! We kept hearing all about
how Heaps was mistreated and was giving no chance at BYU and how his change to
Kansas would prove that!!! As the old saying goes the proof is in the pudding
and Bronco and the other BYU coaches were right about Jake!!!Go BYU
I feel sad for Jake. He deserved better. He made a mistake coming to BYU and
compounded it by making a mistake by going to Kansas of all places. It's
too late for him now, he'll just be a footnote in the history of Cougar
football. But I still remember the Jake who was player of the game in his
freshman season bowl. I remember how he could throw the ball. I'm sure
had he known that Brandon Doman was going to be the OC, he would have gone to
Washington. I think we look at him and think what could have been...make that
should have been.
Maybe he's just not that good folks. He's had more chances at making
a difference at BYU and Kansas. I watched a couple games this year while
flipping through channels, he just isn't that accurate and the team did not
move the ball with him calling signals. He knew what he signed up
for 2 years ago when he left. Had he stayed, imagine what this BYU team would
be screaming about. Too bad for him. Unless the new qb gets hurt, he won't
see another down in college football again unfortunately.
FaifeauSamIf you are interested in Jake Heaps than it is as simple
as going to the Kansas news sites to learn about him. But since he is no longer
apart of BYU or the state of Utah, why is Dnews still writing articles about
him? I never said he was a lost cause, but we dont need to hear about his weekly
games at Kansas.
"it really wouldn't have mattered who the QB was since most of the
yardage was on the ground."The why couldn't Jake hand the
Hey, Hobbes and Souptwins, maybe some of us are interested in Heaps' play.
He was a capable young QB at BYU and could have progressed. Granted Hill is the
QB for the BYU system now, but like USNGary said, it really wouldn't have
mattered who the QB was since most of the yardage was on the ground. What kind
of team did Kansas beat and now they get a weak Iowa team to finish the season.
Is there any possibility that Heaps will be able to move into a D2 program and
do well? He still has plenty of football life left and we have all seen D2 or D3
QBs make it in the NFL or CFL. Don't bury him as a lost cause!
Some of life's lessons are very difficult to learn. I'm sure this is
a tough one for Jake. Wishing him the best with his back up plan for life.
Honestly Dnews, enough with the Jake Heaps updates. He is no longer apart of BYU
football and he isnt a Utah native, so why are we recieving weekly updates?
Leave the poor kid alone.
sounds to me it wouldn't have made a difference who was at quarterback
since it was a running game. Anyone can hand the ball off.
Nothing against Jake, but he just doesn't have what it takes to be a D1 QB.
Staying at BYU would not have helped him. I wish him the best in the
remainder of his life.
While at BYU he was a pre-communications major but hard to say if he kept it at
KU. Sounds very familiar that he lost his starting job to a dual threat QB.
Still seems warped that the DNews feels it necessary to report how he did after
every game. Leave the poor kid alone already.
I was hoping Jake would be a phoenix in Kansas, but I'm guessing he has
lost the starting nod unless there is injury.
I feel bad for Jake, but he should have stayed here at BYU. Hope he has a good
major to get a good job after college is over.