I wish success for Jake in every endeavor. Having said that, Dick, let it alone.
...that year we had 5 (6?) tight ends who were all supposed to be world beaters,
and they all dropped far more balls than they caught. The Utah State game saw 13
scoring passes dropped. I also got tired of watching so many passes over, under,
behind and in front of breaking receivers who were well positioned. I'm
glad Jake is a nice guy, and ultimately that will take him farthest in
life...but let's not pretend he's more of a ball player than he was
Skitter makes the most accurate commentary. Heaps' experience at BYU
didn't just happen to him. He had a primary role in creating it. He seemed
to come to BYU with a lot of chutzpah and not much understanding of the
difference between high school and D-1 college ball, where ALL the players are
all-stars from their high school days. Lack of work ethic and aloofness with
team members. Those are not habits that make a champion, and it showed in his
play. Utah could not have won that 54-10 game without Jake there to throw them
the ball all day. It wasn't just him...those teams had a lot of weak spots,
especially among receivers...(continued)
Thanks Dick Harmon for another great article and thanks for all the positive
posters and to those that posted negatively, they have lost some of my respect
for them. We need to start to learn how to develop our 4-5 star
players or we will not deserve recruiting any others. It’s
really our choice. 1.) We Learn to respect and appreciate those
stars attached to our most quality players and reach the next level in a P5
conference, or 2.) Continue letting 4-5 star players know that their
stars mean nothing to the coaches and remain a Mid Major team.
Jake is hard to figure out. His first year at the Y was steady progress and
ending in a very good bowl performance. Doman ruined Jake - forcing him to be
something he wasn't. I think Jake never recovered from his second year at
the Y. Kansas was a disaster. REALLY bad team and a coach that hasn't been
able to figure out the head coach job yet after several stops. I still think
with the right coach Heaps could be really good - hard to say if that will
happen in Miami or not. Hate to see a kid have to bounce around like this...
@ Brio"Perhaps they are upset of the reminder that it took a lot
of luck to prevail in one of their recent wins over BYU (that they often brag
about)... even though they were outplayed." - Another classic BYU response
2011 - Nothing lucky about a 44-point win.2012 - BYU
never led despite the fact that Utah was without its starting QB, RB, and three
safeties (two of them starters)2013 - Again, BYU never ledYeah, BYU hasn't even had a lead on Utah since early in the second
quarter of the game in 2011. That's not my definition of being outplayed.
I will agree with dick, heaps had a lot of highlights Utes will remember.What a hot mess.
Remembering Actual Ute Fan HighlightsThis is also very easy, since
they have nothing better to do than comment on BYU articles. Gotta love ChrisB
and the rest of the very bored Ute fans.
I have to wonder how Heap's career would have worked out had he been red
shirted his freshman years. Rumors were that signing with BYU was contingent on
Heaps not red shirting. Throwing a true Freshman into a situation where the
team has established loyalties to an older player is always going to be
problematic. Very few college QB's are ready as true Freshman. I truly
wish Heaps the best. I agree with Dick, Heaps has conducted himself
with class. It's too bad more of his critics aren't made from the
Best of luck to Jake. I hope he does well at Miami. Not only because Jake
deserves a shot, but also because Miami has been my second favorite college team
for a long time. I think his talent will show through once he has some
protection, and a knowledgeable coach.
Once again we get to see how some classless Ute fans (4 of the first 5 comments,
no less) jump on a BYU article that has nothing to do with Utah with weak
attempts at belittlement. Perhaps they are upset of the reminder that it
took a lot of luck to prevail in one of their recent wins over BYU (that they
often brag about)... even though they were outplayed. Whatever the
case, it's still humorous to see Ute fans continuing to pay their homage to
all things BYU. There are some things that never change. It's just another
feather in the cap of BYU to the in-state prominence of their sports programs.
Class act Harmon, I join the chorus in wishing him the best in Miami, but more
so in life after Miami. I'm not saying he is a Lincoln, but he is like
Lincoln, in being a gentleman always, and in getting up after being beat down.
Eventually he'll stay standing.
Bronco's weaknesses as a head coach showed. He didn't hire an
experienced OC after Anae left. He left it to a rookie to make it work. He
knows nothing about offense. He valued Riley's toughness which came back
to bite him the next year in several games because Riley wasn't the best QB
at the Y, Lark was better. At least now Anae is better and Hill seems to be
getting better with time. What should have happened is they should
have red-shirted Heaps his Freshman year. It would have worked out a whole lot
better for him and the Y. I however thought that Heaps believed his press
clippings. His Dad certainly did.
How quick we are to blame the coaches for Heaps failure. Here are some facts,
Bronco has basically had 4 starting quarterbacks start multiple games and move
on. Beck, Hall, Heaps, Nelson. 2 of them started in the NFL. Say what you
want about their pro careers, but they made it. And remember it was Doman who
was the quarterback's coach at the time. Also Charlie Weiss coached Brady
Quinn. Remember him? Heisman finalist, first round draft pick. Coaching was
not the issue here. People familiar with the program said Heaps would only show
to half of the voluntary workouts and practices in the summer. He did not have
the work ethic to succeed. The quarterback should be the first one there and
the last to leave. He should be leading the practice not ditching out. There
was a reason, nobody on the team has come to Heap's defense on being
Good luck, Jake!You deserve better. Stick with it and who knows?,
maybe you can get to the NFL yet!I like what Winston Churchill said:
"Never give up. Never, NEVER give up!"
Jake seems to have taken it on the chin from more than just the Florida
Seminoles. Maybe expectations were unreasonably high or maybe he just
didn't fit into the culture, but things went terribly wrong for him at BYU.
Kansas seems to have been better, but even at that, his coach couldn't
resist taking a swipe at him as he was going out the door. Through
it all though, Jake has stood in the pocket and taken hit after hit. It seems
like Jake's big crime has more to do with the opportunities he had growing
up than his performance on the field. College sports seems to breed that kind of
jealousy. I hope Miami proves to be an good opportunity for him to
really shine. Others would have folded their tent long ago. Jake just gets up
and takes the next snap.
As a Utah fan, I have to say that I really enjoyed Heaps.Thanks for
the free turnovers!
Thanks for the classy article. Good luck to Jake. Would love to see him
succeed. Often the best people do not work in certain situations.
Look at Steve Young. Tampa Bay and LA Express were disasters yet I think we all
agree that he was one of the greatest to play the game. Glad he did not quit.
Jake Heaps will be a gentleman long after he is finished playing football. Best
Wishes to Jake and his family. I hope he gets to start in Miami!
I agree that Heaps should be credited for being classy in his transition away
from BYU and now Kansas. I hope he succeeds at Miama, but am not sure that will
happen at this point because he honestly doesn't strike me as being all
that athletic. But, it does go to show though how much success is dependant on
the "supporting cast" as much as it is on the individual. I'm
reminded of the endless Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith comparisons. One went to a
dream situation for QB development, the other went to the worst QB development
situation possible, and their ultimate outcome was definitely affected by it.
Hopefully Heaps can find happiness and success at Miami. He should have gone to
It shows class above and beyond what is expected to keep thoughts and comments
from being public when you feel such utter despair and disappointment.
Here's another BYU fan hoping you rise like cream to the top and even
contend contend for the Heisman while at Florida. Thanks for the memories, and
I mean it. Persistence and commitment prevail over any other attributes and you
have both , what a rare combination.
Thanks, Dick, for a reminder of why cougar fans were so excited to land the #1
high school prospect in the country. I, for one, was very optimistic for
Jake's sophomore campaign, following the bowl game at the end of his
freshman year. Still can't figure out what happened down there his
sophomore year, but it didn't turn out well for anyone but Riley. Easy to
criticize and lay the blame on Jake (as evidenced by some of these reader
comments -- and it's amazing how that press conference STILL gets such a
rise out of ute fans), but I also wish the kid the best and hope he reaches the
potential brilliance of which we saw many flashes during his HS career and
freshman year at BYU.
Classy article. It is easy to tear someone down. After the NM Bowl game he posed
for pictures with my kids. He is a great guy and your article brought that out.
I hope for the best for Heaps and his wife. Never quit!
I agree with BYU Dude. If Robert Anae had remained at BYU I think this entire
scenario would have been different.Many of the comments here are
classless. People have feelings and constant reminders of a really bad game
show just how classless a person can get.
Good luck to Mr. Heaps, this article was a class write up all the way, very
Best of luck to Heaps. He get's way too much credit for the teams failures
his sophomore year. It will be interesting to see how he does with a real line
and some elite level talent around him.
Heaps only real "Y highlight" was a press conference at Iggy's
Sports Bar before even taking a snap of his Senior year of high school, where he
talked about Heismans and national championships. After that, it'd been
Riley,Hilarious!A true QB coach would have been able to
coach and mentor Heaps into a top notch QB. I put Heaps' problems right at
the feet of the coaching staff.Good luck in Miami, Heaps!
The situation was complicated and Jake Heaps was put in the middle of it.
Starting with rotating QBs in practice his freshman year.1. Robert
Anae left.2. Brandon Doman was a rookie that had no idea what he was
doing.3. The offensive line sucked.4. Receivers were dropping
balls.5. Jake Heaps was a Sophmore and yes he made his fair share of
mistakes. Joe Montana in his Prime could not have helped Kansas.Jake is gone his wife Brooke still wears BYU gear to this day , Jakes
dad Steve still attends BYU Football games. Steve Heaps is a very good Man that
has been through some difficult times. . Jake is in Miami and I for
one wish him all the best , I wouldn't count Jake out just yet this could
be Jakes time to rise above it all.<<
"Remembering actual Jake Heaps highlights isn't tough at all"How can we not forget the 54-10 beat down in Provo in 2011? I remember
BYU's first possession when Jake Hypes did a circus barrel roll in the end
zone to try and recover a bad snap. That was a classic!