BYU football: Jake Heaps showed different leadership this time

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  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 15, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    I usually refrain from posting on BYU articles, but I have to say that some of the comments on here are downright laughable. People laugh at Utah fans for getting excited about a conference win streak, and I have to admit that all the talk of the possibility of going to the Rose Bowl is a little bit ridiculous, but to seriously believe that UCLA is a worse team than Idaho is the definition of delusional. If you don't believe me, just look at the Sagarin SOS ratings.

    The better team this year between the two schools was decided back in September. Get over it and hope that next year the cougars actually show up to play. BYU will finish the season with 9 or 10 wins and look good on the surface. Utah will finish with 8 or 9 wins and look like the lesser of two schools, but personally, I would rather back a team that loses its starting QB and still manages to find ways to win against a tough schedule than a team that schedules cupcakes to ensure a nice win loss ratio.

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 15, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    Was I watching the right game?
    Heaps did throw an INT on the goal line right? Against Idaho? Heaps did have three turnovers in one play against Utah, right? Then several more later on in the game?

    TCU is better than Utah, but Riley had over 250 yards, some touchdowns and 3 turnovers. Heaps had nothing against a lesser Utah team.

    Who are these people who continue to spout "Heaps!" I mean, he still can become a good qb, but there isn't anything yet to support it.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    Jake played well, probably the most efficient he has been this season. However it was only one game and the opponent was not very good so I donno how much we can take away from this one. I just hope it was a confidence builder for him and we see him build on his performance in the coming weeks if Riley isnt healthy enough to play.

    ute trolls, I find it funny your posting on a BYU article about a BYU QB. I guess when you have a FCS level QB like Hays you would envy BYUs QB situation. BYU has two capable QBs that can get the job done. Utesies offense consists of John white the 900th and nothing else LOL

  • Noblepromise PROVO, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    Its unfortunate Riley, didn't have the adequate protection from the season or vetern offensive line against a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team. Heaps did go as the backup quarterback, just like he did last year replacing Riley went Riley was injured.

    BYU will experience a tough test in Hawaii and New Mexico State, is a FCS team that hasn't been to a postseason bowl game. It will be interesting to see who BYU plays in the Armed Forces Bowl.Hopefully the opponent will be ranked because BYU won't be based on our schedule this year of playing a majority of FCS teams and losing to two teams )Utah and Texas) from BCS conferences and one (BSU) that will be in a BCS conference next year.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2011 5:57 p.m.


    Unlike U, BYU fans don't have to pretend that college football began the same year college basketball ended.

    The Cougars have had as many AP Top 25 finishes in the last decade, as the Utes have had in their entire football history.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 4:19 p.m.


    Still stuck in the 80's, eh?

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    BlueCoug: "Idaho wasn't the stiffest competition, but then again, MWC teams like New Mexico, Wyoming, UNLV and Colorado State haven't been much better over the last few years."


    Every schedule has its cream puffs. The SEC routinely plays FCS teams and lower-tier FBS teams, always at home. Utah's schedule, according to Sagarin, includes the numbers 59 (Pitt), 61 (UCLA), 70 (Montana State), 77 (Wazzu), 80 (AU), 99 (Oregon State) and 111th (Colorado) ranked teams. Ironically, #70 is Montana State. Four Pac schools are worse. All are rated below BYU.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    BYU is at a cross roads and I don't think Nelson is going to inspire any confidence nationally. Nelson will win the Idaho's and New Mexico states but that's it folks. Top 20? Forget it. Is BYU settling for mediocrity? Seems like it.

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    Nov. 14, 2011 3:10 p.m.


    Still reliving your glory days as hall monitor?

    The problem with Utah trolls is the entire Utah fanbase only has a knowledge base of a half-dozen years of top calibre football.

    Get back to us when you've been a perennial Top 25 program for over a third of a century.

    Until then, you're simply wasting our time with your clueless ankle-biting.

  • There's always room for Jello Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 2:38 p.m.


    So glad that Mom is here to "correct" us when you think we are wrong. What would the world do without Super Troll to save us?!

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Nov. 14, 2011 2:38 p.m.

    Amy: I appreciate your opinion. But it is wrong.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    oh man, Jake was awesome! Loved watching him perform at the highest level, his position mastery was formidable. Utah only wishes they had qb's in their system who were half as good as Jake is.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 2:08 p.m.

    "So why are they so concerned with BYU?"


    I can't speak for anyone else, but as a Ute fan I monitor comments on BYU stories to correct the tripe and spin from Y fans that take shots at the U. So, maybe you'd better address your "obsession" comments to the U-obsessed Y fans such as Bluto, Duckie, sammyg, (thinks he's)smarterthanyou, SnackPAC, et al, that have little else to do now except try to make the Y look good by comparison. You are right, it can't be done at this point, because since 54-10 it's no longer apples to apples.

  • I4C4U Wellsville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    I believe BYU's future success in football will depend on Jake. In the long run he will be the better quarterback. I still believe that no matter how well he plays Riley will start when he is well enough. I just don't think coach Mendenhall will replace Riley because of an injury. That is just what my crystal ball tells me.

    GO BYU!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 1:24 p.m.

    It is obvious the Ute trolls are still suffering from very low self-esteem. If Utah is in a great conference, has climbed to a much higher status, why are the trolls even bothering with the lowly BYU Cougars? Since when did "royalty" every concern themselves with the peasants? BYU and Utah are no longer in the same conference; the BYU-Utah games are meaningless except for in-state bragging rights and they won the last one convincingly. So why are they so concerned with BYU? It's obvious that deep down, they are not convinced of the very things they keep beating BYU into the ground about. It's true that you only try to lower those you feel are in a higher position than you. So the very comments they make are proof that their new status is in their imagination.

  • man of few words Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    "Whittingham: 51 years old. Took over at Utah when Meyer left at the end of the 2004 season. 62-24 in six full seasons coaching the Utes. 6-1 in bowl games. A defensive coach. Last three seasons: 13-0 in '08 (beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl), 10-3 in '09, 10-3 in '10. Turned down an offer in 2010 to be head coach at Tennessee. Has been at Utah since 1994, and was defensive coordinator from 1995 until he was promoted to the head job. Has the kind of longevity with and loyalty to a program that is admirable (sound familiar?)."

  • Deep Thoughts Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    I ran across an interesting comment on the Nittany Lines regarding candidates for a new coach.

    "Mendenhall: 45 years old. 62-24 since taking over at BYU in '05. In his six seasons, they've won four bowl games and have finished the season ranked four times. A defensive coach. Been coaching since 1989, mostly at schools around the pacific coast. Blonde hair, looks younger than 45 (let's be honest here, if they're gonna hire an "unknown," then hiring a younger, clean-cut, energetic coach WILL help in restoring the fan base ... same idea in Penn State's hiring of men's hoops coach Patrick Chambers). And Mendenhall has a phenomenal first name.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    "Just like the Ute fans of old, the season is a success if you beat BYU."

    Big Pappy:

    And just Y fans of old, you're still happy to win the WAC.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    I don't give a rip about the "long term development" of anybody on this BYU team. Any QB on the BYU roster could have led the team to victory over Idaho. Heaps did this last year in the soft part of the schedule.

    I'm very tired of how everyone is so concerned about the development of Heaps. We are here to win now and give the starting job to the best QB now, not to a supposed "NFL quarterback."

  • Dan the Fan PROVO, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    @ Robert(rexburg)Heaps went 15-20 and one long pass was dropped by Jacobsen and one by Apo. So it looks like you need to watch the game again and see how open receivers he missed. Also, Jake has 2 losses, while Riley has 1. Not much of a difference. Jake still has a battle ahead of him, but he looked better, especially after receiving practically no reps in practice. So wake up, stop the man crush on Riley and embrace Jake Heaps as the QB of the future!

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    Papa Smurf UTE

    UCLA is a very mediocre team that was destroyed by the worst team in the PAC 12. The Bruins may not be as bad as Idaho, but beating them at home is still nothing to beat your chest about. BYU would have handled the Bruins just as easily as the Utes did, but it's doubtful Utah would have generated as much offense against Idaho as BYU did. There's not a team on Utah's entire PAC 12 schedule that BYU wouldn't have had a very good chance of beating.

    The only thing 54-10 proves is that BYU can't beat Utah when they give up seven turnovers.

  • fan in orem Orem, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:50 p.m.

    Hey guys! There is a great article on our ute basketball team. Let's all run over there and make a comment or two!

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    Jake did everything he was called on to do. He came into a situtation where the starting quarterback was injured an engineered 5 scoring drives. He has a little rust, but it is a challenge to take it from the practice field to the game. The next question will be in the next game will Doman be able to put in a game plan that will match the NMS hig scoring team. By the way Timp the Armed Forces Bowl should be very entertaining.

    "Heaps looked good against Idaho. He'll also look good against New Mexico St and a down Hawaii team, as well as a mediocre UTEP-like team in the Armed Forces Bowl."

    The third place team in the C-USA will be the invitee to the Armed Forces Bowl. And no matter who that is it will be a pretty good team.

    The top three teams in the conference are:

    #11 Houston 10-0
    #20 Southern Mississippi 9-1
    Tulsa 7-3

    And Tulsa's three loses were to #5 Oklahoma, #2 Oklahoma State, and #10 Boise State.

    Playing any of these three teams would be a real challenge and a game worth seeing.

    Facts speak loud.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:26 p.m.

    Cougars- Dumber Older Borhters,

    Don't kid yourself for one minute if you think that UCLA is as bad or on the same level as Idaho. Heaps has not played that well against a team of UCLA's caliber, and he wont get the chance to this year. In the games Heaps has palyed agaisnt teams with a winning record, he is less than stellar. However, he is lights out against the high school teams he plays on the Y's schedule. New Mexico St will also not be the test Heaps needs. He will have to wait until next year to play a good team, and prove himself. That is if he doesn't transfer out of the inept program.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:19 p.m.


    The reason Utah fans don't brag about their WAC championships is because the Utes don't have any to brag about (well, almost none) - Utah football was practically non-existent between 1964 and 1994.

    And, from the looks of things in the PAC, it'll be a long time before the Utes sniff another conference championship considering Utah won't even come close to a championship this year even with the top three teams in the conference eliminated from the competition for the mediocre south "championship".

  • Two Cents Springville, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    For those afraid to be cold this Saturday night: Lava Buns brand seat cushions. You microwave the inside and it stays warm for a few hours. Loved it the other night! We stayed for the whole game.

    Best wishes to Riley for a speedy recovery.

    Jake did well and looked more relaxed. This was a good confidence builder.

    NMS will be a little tougher and Hawaii more so.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    Jake Heaps is now poised, confident, and truly accepted as the one and only true leader of the Cougars. He has his priorities straight, no more press conferences with his pr staff (until the NFL combine that is), just Jake the leader.
    He showed why he was the greatest high school player ever recruited to a Utah college, and we've just seen the tip of the iceberg that is Jake's greatness. Riley, thanks for helping Jake through this tough time and for filling in for him while he re-examined his priorities, you've been a big help for him and his team in making it through the past few games, but as of now, Jake's got this!
    Now it's the beginning of Jake's run to the national championship!!!

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    AK Cougar and We wear Blue

    Couldn't agree more; lots of whimpy fans and whiners out there.

    We took our two-year-old daughter and 10-month-old son to the Miracle Bowl 30 years ago and everyone had a blast. Our son, several daughters and our 8-month-old grand-daughter were with us for the Idaho game and everyone had a blast. Idaho wasn't the stiffest competition, but then again, MWC teams like New Mexico, Wyoming, UNLV and Colorado State haven't been much better over the last few years.

    Die-hard BYU fans aren't going to be deterred because of a little cold weather or a less-than-spectacular opponent. The whimps and whiners will be back when the weather and competition improve.

    BYU's late season schedule will be much better in coming years. Boise State will replace Utah as BYU's late season finale. The Broncos will never replace the Utes as a rival, but they'll still be an interesting opponent to look forward to at the end of the season.

    Go Cougs!

  • niners SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    So if the WAC standings end up with both Nevada and BYU undefeated, do they just share a conference title, or is there a tie breaking procedure? Not saying its likely BYU beats the powerhouses NMSU or Hawaii, but I am just curious how this will play out... Maybe BYU will get another one of those WAC championships BYU fans constantly brag about?

  • Robert Rexburg, ID
    Nov. 14, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    Watch the game again to see how many open receivers Heaps missed against a severely out-manned Idaho defense.

    Heaps is still the guy who has lost a lot of games for the Cougars. I hope Nelson heals quickly! A broken rib is a bear to live with.

  • Freight Train Houston, TX
    Nov. 14, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    It truly is unfortunate that we don't have a fair evaluation of Heaps with the quality of Idaho, and this week's opponent is no different. I would've liked to see Heaps against TCU, who is easily the best team on BYU's schedule this year. (yes, the Utes are decent, and Texas is very average- I was in Austin for the game- but the rest are very weak).

    My feeling all along was that Heaps is better than Nelson, and I still feel that way. Nelson can't throw the ball, and is fortunate that his receivers have prevented several int's during the past few games by making great plays (just like the duck to Hoffman for TD vs Idaho). If you want to pattern your game after the Denver Broncos, then Nelson is your man. If you truly want a "pro style" offense like Doman claims, Heaps is the long-term solution. I'd like them to stick with him through the bowl game when we may see a ranked USM team...

  • pleblian salt lake city, utah
    Nov. 14, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    Anyone who reads anything into a game against Idaho doesn't know anything about football.
    Heaps looked good. Idaho looked bad. Tomato-tomahto.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    "Normally a NFL QB wouldn't be backing up a QB that wouldn't be starting at Utah State."

    Tell that to Steve Young.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 11:20 a.m.

    The ute trolls berate Jake while their team runs up the score on PAC-12 bottom dwellers. Go utes, please.

  • AZCoug10 Queen Creek, AZ
    Nov. 14, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    I didn't keep watching the whole game, but from what I saw Heaps didn't do much different than he did before. He was still taking a three step drop and firing the ball quickly almost every snap. I don't know why Doman can't tell Heaps to be a little more patient and let the play develop. Give your receivers a few more seconds to run their routes. Stop rushing everything!! Your line is giving you time!! The one or two times I saw he wasn't too urgent turned out to be big plays for us. I still feel like I'm watching a QB who only knows how to check down to the easy targets. That got it done against Idaho, but it won't work against any real opponent. If Heaps figures that out, he has a chance to be great because of his extraordinary arm. Hopefully he can make the switch.

  • Target Provo, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    In Stitches

    Agreed. I was in another state and had to watch the game on ESPN instead of in the stadium. The ESPN commentators couldn't say enough about how impressed they are with Bronco (both as a person and as a coach). It is only the sorry Ute trolls who don't like him -- and that has more to do with his firesides than football.

    You all are not fooling anybody. Please feel free to "leave us in your rear view mirror" like you promised.

  • In Stitches Provo, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    DR Hall

    I see UTEville is back to their "Fire Bronco" campaign....

    Nice try.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    Still can't get excited about BYU football, but glad to note that Mendenhall is giving Heaps some kudos.

    This season has not been as much a disappointment as a worry. I don't see BYU positioning itself to get into a legitimate position to move forward in its sports -- although intercollegiate athletics is not the biggest thing in the world to worry about. I just don't see quality leadership directing a plan of action that is well conceived.

    I don't particularly feel smug about having written several weeks ago that I thought Nelson would get hurt and that Heaps would be back. BYU's big games this year have already been played. I would be surprised if the Cougars finish the season without losing another game (or even two).

    But, as Mendenhall said so appropriately, there's not a lot to do in Provo beyond cheering on the Cougars. I miss the days of yore and will never forget the game against SDSU when Marc Wilson's first four passes were for touchdowns.

  • Cache Valley1 Logan, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    Seriously? Different leadership? Yeah, because it was against Idaho. Heaps played well last year against Wyoming, UNLV, CSU and UTEP as well. He hasn't faired quite so well against good teams.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    Mr. Mendenhall, don't say Heaps is an NFL QB (he may very well be), it adds to un-necessary pressure.

  • DaveKnowsWhatsUp Bloomington, IN
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    does this mean we get six more weeks of quotes from Heaps talking about himself?

    I really haven't missed those...

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    It is indeed a cold, cruel world of critics out was my feeling that Riley would be hurt in the Idaho game, and he was, and that Jake would take over for the remainder of the season, if he has learned his lessons.

    The offensive line has had difficulty all year of protecting the quarterback. I do not know if it is there lack of skill, or poor execution, or the coaches who are not teaching them well or not putting them in the right schemes?

    The best indicator as to the caliber of a football team, in my opinion, is the strength, or lack of it, in the O and D lines. Great teams have great centers, nosegards, gaurds, and takles. Recruit, Recruit, and spin no more!

  • Timp South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    Heaps looked good against Idaho. He'll also look good against New Mexico St and a down Hawaii team, as well as a mediocre UTEP-like team in the Armed Forces Bowl.

    If that is the case, please don't start talking Heisman this summer...

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    stay with Heaps Bronco - BYU is a passing team, not a running team.

  • TheCrow American Fork, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    My wife and I attended the game. Loved it! Anyone willing to give up their tickets - we'll take em'. We've 4 boys and they're always begging to go to the game. I know that most of the complainers are Utes but there were 15,000 empty seats. Usually we do have people offer their seats but for some reason no one did this past week. Anyway, football games are fun! Go and enjoy it. It doesn't have to be a Big 12 or SEC team every week for it to be enjoyable football.

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Nov. 14, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    I agree with We wear Blue. Bundle up Cougar fans and enjoy the game. To the fairweather fans, please give you tickets away to someone who really appreciates the opportunity to go to a BYU Football game whether against Idaho or anyone else.

    Where is worse weather than Provo? Get a clue folks, Utah Valley and the Salt Lake Valley is not really the Garden of Eden. The northern teir states easily play in the snow and cold. I was at a Nebraska game 20 years years ago with 6 inches of snow and a cold rain during the game. Great game anyway, with lots of very appreciative fans who loved being there.

    Non fans whine about the team, the schedule, the coach and now the weather in November? It is supposed to be cold in the middle of November. When will the whining

    Here is to hoping Riley gets well and rejoins the team in Hawaii. An Renolds heals his leg and is back in action at NMST.

    Go Cougars.

  • rogerdpack2 Orem, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 9:32 a.m.

    go heaps!

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Nov. 14, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    Jake did great! Michael Alisa's production has added a real run threat that did not exist at the beginning of the season. That also helped Jake do well.

    Jake, Glad to see you set up and show is how it is done.


    "Don't worry Jake, they will replace you at a moment's notice to beat another lousy WAC team again since they were more interested in winning than your long term development. Try not to look over your shoulder too much."

    Now that wasn't very nice. Football players are people. How would you feel if somebody said that about your son?

    Now go say something nice about Jake.

  • We wear Blue ogden, ut
    Nov. 14, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    I was at the game. We bundled up are whole family and headed off to watch the Cougars. We had a blast! There were about 15,000 less than usual (still 15,000 more than go to Ute games) but it was fun to be there with true fans. All the whiners and downers "gave their tickets away" , well i say, "YEAH!" Shorter lines at the consession stands and bathrooms.
    Thanks Cougars cant think of a better night out, beats going to movie.

  • YouthforEagar MONROE, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    New Mexico State is going to be a tough game for the Cougars, with or without Nelson. I really hope Nelson gets better, I'd hate to see his career end, like Pendlton's, when both are NFL material.

  • Hawk Littleton, CO
    Nov. 14, 2011 8:51 a.m.

    Jake WILL be an NFL QB -- at least he will get a shot. Is he ready now? Of course not. Are there many college sophomores who are? Still on the learning curve, but he's scoring well in many of the NFL scouting metrics -- arm strength, footwork, release, etc. His game management (excellent at the end of last season) is getting back to where it needs to be. Needs to stay with the mid-range patterns a bit longer to let them develop, but he can complete the 7-yd out pattern ALL DAY to keep the chains moving -- a tough pass for most college QBs. So mock Bronco all you want for his statement, but just maybe he knows a bit more about it (and about Jake) than most of us know.

  • Oklahoma Cougar Mustang, OK
    Nov. 14, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    @ Weber State Graduate

    Of course he didn't look like a doe in the headlights this game. It was lowly Idaho after all and not Texas or Mississippi or Utah putting unrelenting pressure on him. And since there are no other big-time opponents with the possible exception of Hawaii this season, we probably really won't know about Heaps true improvements until sometime early next season when they face off against Georgia Tech or Utah or Manti Te'o at Notre Dame.

    Hopefully by that time the combination of maturity, experience, and humility will have worked their magic and transformed Mr. Heaps into a fearless leader and future NFL prospect.

    All the continued best to Jake and his teammates in their quest. In the meantime let me repeat Morpunkt's plea for our pressing need to soon be a part of a serious league. And as we say here in Oklahoma, the "sooner the better!"

  • carver Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 8:38 a.m.


    Why would you use the user name "Coach" and make a comment like that? My bet is that you have never been a coach in anything.

    Ute trolls or byu trolls seem to have the same goals in life. That is to look at the negitive side of everything. How much fun can it be to pull everytning down so you don't have to rise up?

    How do you come up with a better schedule than BYU has this year, when you have a few months to put it togrther? Some of these comments are???

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    The man I really on the football field is James Lark!

  • Coach Ogden, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    Was it really anything that Heaps did or was it the fact that they were playing Idaho High School? I love BYU and want more than anything for Heaps to pan out; however, I'm not jumping back on that train until he shows the toughness I think we all want to see!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Nov. 14, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    What is the mentality of people posting classless comments on here demeaning Jake Heaps or anyone else? Why do they feel inclined to ridicule other's successes and rejoice in other people's struggles! Maybe Max Hall had a point?

  • Weber State Graduate Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 7:42 a.m.

    "Will Matt Reynolds sit this week because he allowed a tackle from Idaho to launch an untouched missile at our QB?"

    Good point...I hope Reynolds is man enough to own up and apologize to Nelson. Reynolds certainly got caught sleeping and allowed his quarterback to get zinged.

    I noticed Heaps didn't look like a doe in the headlights (this game). Maybe he learned that a quarterback is also a "footbal player" from watching Nelson at work this year. Hopefully the kid will remember this important lesson if he wants to be a good football player.

  • BleedRed Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 14, 2011 7:06 a.m.

    Article Title; Jake Heaps showed different leadership this time.

    Yes, Humility

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Nov. 14, 2011 6:47 a.m.

    Rational, I agree, if I lived there I would be there. Bundle up, buy lots of hot chocolate and cougar tails, and watch the Cougs light it up against NMS.

    Patience fans, it won't be long till bigger games will be happening in LES. If you can't wait that long, get to the hill and watch the Utes lose to some quality PAC 10.2 teams.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2011 6:43 a.m.

    Fairweather Cougars?


    "and 2) why are we playing games in late November... and it bothers me."

    Unless you are a fan that drove up from Washington, UT and had tickets for the game, I really don't think you have a valid complaint.

    Would you like to lodge a complaint for UCLA for playing in the snow in November in Utah as well?


    "...BYU may be in a "heap" of trouble, and I mean long term.
    I love BYU, but I can't stomach these games."

    Is waiting a year or two really that bad? As this schedule improves 2013 is really shaping up to be something great.

    Or I suppose being in a conference at half talent year end and year out is what you really pining for?

    Independence will work out quite nicely in a year or two.

  • Cougars - Wise Older Brothers Anaheim, CA
    Nov. 14, 2011 6:30 a.m.

    I see our jealous little brothers have been spamming the blogs again with their inane comments.

    Jake played much, much better coming off the bench cold than their DII QB with weeks of starters reps. Don't kid yourself little brothers, pathetic UCLA isn't that much better than Idaho.

    True BYU fans are proud of Jake for the way he's handled himself with honor and dignity through what has certainly been a more difficult and disappointing season than all of these jealous naysayers could possibly imagine.

  • Wiley Old School RIC, VA
    Nov. 14, 2011 6:07 a.m.

    "As I've said many, many times, I think Jake is an NFL quarterback." This line will be repeated over and over in an attempt to keep Mr. Heaps from transferring.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Nov. 14, 2011 4:54 a.m.

    So BYU beats a horrible Idaho Vandals team and many notice a change of "Leadership"????!

    Always good to start Monday mornings off with a laugh!!

  • ER in EUR Belgrade, Serbia
    Nov. 14, 2011 3:58 a.m.

    Heaps still looked at the 2-3 yard pass instead of the 7-9 yard pass. He failed to notice wide open recievers and threw the ball with mustard EVERY time. No touch. He will throw a bullet to a back doing a screen pass. His body may be an NFL body and arm, but he does not yet possess even a college level mind for football. Look at the difference in Yard Per Pass with Riley. You will see a big difference.

    I was on his bandwagon at the start of the season and excited, but his first 5 games and now this one cause me to eagerly anticipate Riley's return.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Nov. 14, 2011 1:17 a.m.

    We have to be brutally honest, BYU needs to be in a serious league, very soon.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 11:47 p.m.

    Whatever pioneer blood remains in BYU fans has been severely watered down, and I mean severely. It's too cold for football?

    Put on some winter underwear, put a couple hand-warmers in your gloves and socks. Seriously. Never been on a winter campout with the Scouts? Never slept out in sub-zero weather?

    A Wyoming fan wouldn't complain about the weather. A Colorado State fan wouldn't complain. A Utah State fan wouldn't complain, and they don't even have benches or chairs in their end zone, just concrete to sit on. (What's up with that?) A Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Buffalo, Montana, etc, fan wouldn't complain. You get my drift.

  • Big Pappy west jordan, utah
    Nov. 13, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    Hey 54-10 How does it feel to be in the middle of the PAC 12. Just like the Ute fans of old, the season is a success if you beat BYU.

    Jake Heaps looked better last night. I know we played a pretty bad WAC foe, but Jake hung in the pocket and looked more poised than ever. Keep it going Jake.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Nov. 13, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    "As I've said many, many times, I think Jake is an NFL quarterback." - BM

    Normally a NFL QB wouldn't be backing up a QB that wouldn't be starting at Utah State.

    Maybe BM needs to stop telling Jake he's an NFL QB instead ask him to show that he's a college QB.

  • DR Hall Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    I think their coaching staff needs more wisdom and leadership talents to notice abilities and to develop talents much better than they do now. Perhaps new head coach for a start.

  • hrs4 Mapleton, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    I would like to hear Bronco and Doman publicly apologize to Jake for making him take the heat for Doman's inexperience in the first 5 games.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    Two questions: 1) will Matt Reynolds sit this week because he allowed a tackle from Idaho to launch an untouched missile at our QB? and 2) why are we playing games in late November that start at 8:15 pm? That is nonsense, and it bothers me. Sure if the weather's perfect, but this is Late November in the mountains of Utah, and it could be 5 degrees and snowing that night--and nobody will come to the game. ESPN should apologize, pay BYU there money anyway, and let the game start at noon.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    Well, a nice win...but beating high school teams is just not in the cards for excitement.

    I gave my tickets away, and I had several friends call and offer me their tickets...

    uh, that just doesn't happen friends. BYU may be in a "heap" of trouble, and I mean long term.

    I love BYU, but I can't stomach these games.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 9:40 p.m.

    Here we go, the beginning of the build up to next year's BCS run.


  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 13, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    Don't worry Jake, they will replace you at a moment's notice to beat another lousy WAC team again since they were more interested in winning than your long term development. Try not to look over your shoulder too much.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Nov. 13, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    Mr. Heaps played very well Saturday and there was a difference that one could observe from his early season efforts. He hs improved a great deal and I personally cheered for him during the game.