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Published: Friday, April 25 2014 8:25 p.m. MDT

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TFUDD
SLC, UT

Jake Heaps was waiting for his turn?

I'm pretty sure Heaps started quite a few games and was terrible. He transferred because he was given an opportunity and blew it.

flatlander
Omaha, NE

Overall a good article but I fail to understand a continued fascination with Jake. I understand every school and local media will hype their recruits as top notch but how does anyone get to be a "high school superstar". How can anyone decide that. You only play against local teams. I feel for the kid whom I believe was beat out this spring for the starting position his senior year

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

I wonder why teams don't prepare the second and third strings as adequately as they do the starters. There isn't a restriction on how many coaches a team can have nor a restriction on the amount of practice fields that can be used is there? The only restrictions I believe are the number of PLAYERS.

As I see it a coach needs to build a game plan, then prepare groups of players to fulfill that plan with specific goals and designs. The players are then to execute that plan. Those second to fourth string players while not as talented, fast or efficient as the first string would be more effective if the coaches plugged in groups of players familiar with each other to throw the other team off-balance and attack a visible weakness. I always felt BYU should have sent out its "option squad", the players used to prep for AF and option teams for a series or two midgame against a team weak vs. the rush. With up to 100 plays per game, having entire surprise squads ready will give the starters rest while tiring the defense.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Heaps is the prime example of how you shouldn't dwell on the hype of your high school press clippings. Bronco shouldn't have started him, and he shouldn't have transfered. And both mistakes have compounded from a "sure NFL prospect" to only starts half the time. Heaps should have gone on a mission.

Proud Ute
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Bronco better pray Taysom doesn't go down this year.
He's got zero game experience behind him. Wonder if there's any more Jon Hayes out there looking for a school?

CJHR
Springville, UT

Steven S Jarvis, comments like yours make actual coaches cringe. Your complete over simplification glosses over the countless functional/organizational aspects shows a real lack of understanding. Also, another significant flaw, do you have any idea how poorly scout teams actually simulate a team like Air Force? You don't walk out far inferior talent who are grossly under prepared and attempt to run a highly specialized system. I also hope you are not implying that an entire group is devoted solely to option scout all season.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Let them cringe. Anything on a board is going to be simple because we are limited to 200 words. When a team is playing 80-100 plays they need to have greater depth and you do that by preparing the entire team. The scout team doesn't play soft do they? They try to win right? Why not use that scout team mid-game to give the offense a longer break? If you overburden your players with high pace AND high amount of plays they will become less effective than your second through fourth teams. The big payoff should come later in the season by simply having more players available and healthy.

Colo. Aggie
Loveland, CO

For once in many years, QB depth will not be a problem at Utah State. It's fantastic to have Chuckie back next year. But, we also have Garretson waiting in the wings. He will certainly be a fine QB himself when he takes over after Chuckie graduates. It continues to be a great time to be an Aggie! Go Aggies!!

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

TFUDD "Jake Heaps transferred because he was given an opportunity and blew it."
Bronco blew it, not Jake Heaps. Bronco decided they didn't need a dedicated quarterbacks coach, so Doman split time between offensive coordinator and QB coach. Even if Jake Heaps talent matched the hype, no coach should believe a QB can self-develop. Credit Bronco for fixing his mistake by now having a dedicated OC and a dedicated QB coach.

CJHR
Springville, UT

Steven S Jarvis, haha, ever heard of getting your playmakers the ball? Any OC would be crazy to put a field full of non-playmakers on the field. Tell Oregon about your theory of high pace taking such a toll on the team. Your idea essentially wastes a few series each game. You don't rest your best players mid-game.

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