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Published: Monday, June 16 2014 7:10 p.m. MDT

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Clark W. Griswold
Sandy, Utah

"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!

Lindon, UT


Provo, UT

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.


Y Ask Y
Provo, UT



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!

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

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 all downhill.


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.

Sore loser
tampa, fl

Good luck to Mr. Heaps, this article was a class write up all the way, very gracious indeed.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

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.

Clovis, NM

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!

Littleton, CO

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.


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.

Salmon, ID

Hopefully Heaps can find happiness and success at Miami. He should have gone to Washington.

Jimmy James
Salt Lake City, Ut

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.

Centerville, UT

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!

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

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.

Las Vegas, NV

As a Utah fan, I have to say that I really enjoyed Heaps.

Thanks for the free turnovers!

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

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.

Enid, OK

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!"

Orem, UT

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 benched.

Kearns, UT

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.

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