Soon the question will be answered, "Did Jake Heaps improve because of his
time on the bench?" Will he show improved poise or will this game be a lot
closer than it should be because of mistakes he makes?Personally I
believe that the game will not be a blowout because Heaps will throw at least
one interception and get rattled in the pocket. If Riley Nelson was starting, it
wouldn't even be close. However, the Cougars will still win, most likely by at
least 10 points.
There You Go Again,I guess the Independence idea was worse than we
all suspected. They play repeat teams.EGAD!
@One of Vai's Cousins"...I also hope Jake plays very well. It
will be interesting to see what happens in the bowl game if Jake plays extremely
well against SJSU and Hawaii...".Didn't the Cougars already
Steve Young could not play in the NFL for the first few years he began his pro
career and Heaps is having a problem getting traction, however he has the
wherewithal to lead the team. He will be the person who will win for the
Cougars despite what others may say about him.When Nelson played TCU
he could not throw one thing downfield. Each lame duck he threw up was up for
grabs. He is no doubt a scrambler but Heaps has the abilities that Nelson is
missing. I think Bronco may have missed the boat when he says Nelson will
continue to start when he returns.
Beware BYU. New Mexico State is a mighty foe. Note the sarcasm here.
I also hope Jake plays very well. It will be interesting to see what happens in
the bowl game if Jake plays extremely well against SJSU and Hawaii. Do you just
hand the ball back to Riley and sit Jake the whole bowl game? Anyone
who knows football knows Jake has one of the best pure throwing arms that BYU
has seen. Can he improve in some other important areas? Sure - and maybe this
experience will help him do just that. Remember John Walsh? Great
arm but little else. I think Jake will develop the other skills he needs whether
it is through a redshirt season or just through continued maturity the remainder
of this season and spring/summer ball. Riley Nelson is tough and
athletic. But his arm is mediocre at best. If Jake could acquire even part of
Nelson's toughness, grit and leadership he would be an NFL player. But for now
he is still just another John Walsh. I hope we see that starting to change
Good luck Heaps, I'm placing all my bets on you this weekend in hopes that you
beat another PEE WEE Football Team!!! Has the Cougars committed to
that weak conference out East yet?
The cheap shots at Jake Heaps need to stop. He started the season
against some really tough competition, the first 4 games were not impressive at
all offensively, there was 0 running game, so of course the pressure was on
Jake's "golden arm". This was not Jake's fault. BYU coaches were
simply out-coached (one of the perks in having a first year Offensive
Coordinator). I blame Doman and his play-calling for the loses, not Jake. BYU rushed for 270yds in the first 4 games combined. Including only
43yds in the loss to Texas and a pathetic 11yds in the loss to Utah.Once
again, this is not Jake's fault.I have enjoyed watching Riley play,
he is a great leader and a fierce competitor, but he has reached his ceiling of
potential as a QB at BYU.Jake is young and has a lot of maturing to
do, but I think the time he has spent on the bench will be extremely beneficial
to him. And I believe we will see a different Jake now that he gets a second
chance. I hope he makes the most of it.
I'm excited to Heaps to get playing time again, he's a great talent, give him
more time, he's still very young. I think time away from starting has only
helped him. I think he'll do well this week. I haven't given up on him yet. He's
twice as talented and physically gifted; everyone progresses different, don't
give up on him yet.
Just enjoy the Monday night (Saturday)game and you won't know how many people
will already be asleep!
Unless we can read Jake's thoughts, I don't think attempts to closely interpret
a statement will be productive. I don't take his comment that he is feeling
comfortable as arrogance. I want a quarterback who feels comfortable -
comfortable in making his reads, comfortable standing in the pocket, comfortable
making the throws. How's a guy supposed to satisfy everyone? Earlier
in the season people slammed him for his deer-in-the-headlights demeanor, now
they criticize him feeling comfortable.I frankly don't know how he
will play Saturday, although with NMSU on the defense, he should do well. I
think Riley has shown more leadership, but to a certain degree, a person can
learn leadership skills. We may well need Jake to be a strong leader in the
future. A lot of people yapping about his short-comings doesn't seem like an
effective way to foster these skills. Most of us have no idea what is on his
mind really, or what he has been doing with his thoughts over the past few
weeks. I would hate dealing with people who refuse to believe that I
might be able to improve.
Good luck dude.
I am 99.9% sure that Heaps will transfer the day after the bowl game. He has
been treated horribly by the coaches and fans. Bronco allowed Doman to blame
Heaps for Doman's mistakes. It will be sad to see Jake go because of an
I want to believe that Heaps is all he was hyped up to be. Maybe if he wasn't
so arrogant, our expectations wouldn't be so high. Even in this article, I'm
put off by the quote "I feel really comfortable with where I'm at right
now." Why not say, "I've really been working hard and hopefully I'll
be more productive than I was the last time I started."If he
says he's comfortable with where he's at right now, I'm expecting 300+ yards of
passing with 5 TD's and 1 INT or less.
The 2 quarterback system works well for the best team in the country. one passer
one rusher. Why doesnt byu give it a shot too? Teams would have to prepare for
both riley and jake. Jake has a good arm (sometimes too good) and riley can play
his smash mouth football
I wonder if Heaps can "carry" the team to a victory against new Mexico
state? Will need a huge game out of Heaps.
BlueCoug | 3:28 p.m. Nov. 17, 2011 Orem, UT,A "great
quarterback" shouldn't be needing to fight for a starting spot (and might I
add not even starting for the last few games).Heaps is eager to play
because he hasn't. Obvious. He got a scholarship to come PLAY quarterback. Wow,
he can only play because Riley went out injured. This is a no brainer, of course
he is eager.I can only hope he does well, but it will not earn his
starting spot back. The team was more excited to play at his command and the
fans (the majority, anyway), cheered louder when Riley came on the field than
they did with Heaps.Jake Heaps is a bust. I hope he has fun playing
powder puff football teams in the 4th quarter with 5 minutes left when Riley is
Robert | 4:09 p.m. Nov. 17, 2011 Rexburg, ID Beware: Heaps is just
as bad now as he was in September. He could lose this game for the Cougars, even
against New Mexico StateWrong!
Broom Hockey Champ"Even if he performs well, it won't be much
in terms of making a statement. I don't think NMSU will provide much
resistance".Funny how when Riley went through that tuff part of
BYU's scheduel, he was the next great thing in D1 football.Jake
would have been so much better off today if he would have been in there all this
The Top Five list of reasons why Heaps is eager to start this Saturday:#5. "I can't find any videos of me on YouTube anymore!"#4.
"My bionic arm is getting a little rusty."#3. "My wife is
tired of me moping around the house all the time."#2. "If I
don't play well, Bronco said he may bring in Jimmer at QB."#1.
"It will be just like playing in High School again."
All I saw earlier this season, was the team was not run very well by young Mr.
Heaps. Riley came in and LED the team as the QB.I am not anti-Heaps.
I just hope he has matured and learned from Riley what it takes to lead a team
rather than run a scrimmage.If Jake has grown, he has the skills
needed to be great. If he is still too worried about getting hit and the impact
that might have on his PRO career then it will be very disappointing.Go Cougars! Show us Jake!!!!!
"I hope Heaps can go out there Saturday and make some heads turn."Even if he performs well, it won't be much in terms of making a
statement. I don't think NMSU will provide much resistance.Wiley -
Yes, when the stakes are higher.
BlueCoug,You are one of many who still think Jake Hypes is a god.Let me refresh your memory.He is terrible. He only won last
game decently because it was ummm.... that one football team in Idaho.Any
QB could throw a ball around those guys.Yet when Hypes plays a decent team
he looks just plain bad.I really wonder why people are so set on
this kid still. 2 seasons to prove he is somebody, but hasn't even started.
Nelson is more of a QB than Hypes will ever be. If you compare him to the great
QB's at BYU, it should not be that hard to see.
Heaps said:"I feel really comfortable with where I'm at right
now"Look - with all due respect, no one including Heaps should
make a statement like this. It's like the musician who advertises how good he is
just as he is entering the stage. Sorry - just shut your mouth and SHOW the
folks how good you are by your performance. Having said that - I
hope Heaps can go out there Saturday and make some heads turn.
Broom... did you really say "when the stakes are much higher?" You
might want to check that bowl schedule again.
BYU is very lucky to have such a highly talented back-up quarterback when Nelson
goes down. Probably the best thing to do is to not redshirt him next year to
have the great insurance if Nelson has to sit out a game or two.Go
Despite not really liking Heaps and advocating for Nelson to be the QB before
the season began, I am a proponent of letting Heaps play in the next game or two
without giving any thought to injecting Nelson back into the game. My reasoning
is that I want Nelson fresh for the bowl game when the stakes are much higher.
The test for Heaps will be Hawaii. They will come after him. It will be a good
measuring stick. I hope he does well.
Beware: Heaps is just as bad now as he was in September. He could lose this
game for the Cougars, even against New Mexico State.
Jake just needs to calm down and stay within the confines of the offense. No
turn overs. Jake has the arm to log alot of yards in the air - his problem early
in the season was accuracy. I think if he has a good first half he will rack up
the yards in the second half. It will be nice to see BYU actually throwing the
Even though its against NMSU I'm eager to see him start. Hope he does well!
Let's be honest. At least last year, Jake excelled against the "lack
luster" part of the schedule. No doubt he'll do the same against New Mexico
State and Hawaii. Good luck, Jake. I think these games will be critical to
determine whether he'll stay or transfer. This will still be Riley's team in the
bowl game and next year.
I predict this will be Jake's big coming out party, he'll dominate NMSU and will
once again gain the love and trust of his teammates, coaches, and fans and will
be right back on track to the national championship we all know is coming.
Write it down, Jake is BACK!
I was in the end zone, directly behind the goal post to watch Manumaleuna's
blocked FG, that was a fun moment. Not quite as much fun as sitting
in the middle of the Crimson Club to see Beck scrambling for what seemed like
forever before finding Harline all alone in the end zone. And none
of those will ever compare to sitting in the end zone at the top of Jack Murphy
Stadium watching Clay Brown catch Jim McMahon's hail Mary pass.But
they were all great moments in BYU lore.Glad to see that Jake is
eager to be starting on Saturday. He's going to be another great BYU quarterback
by the time he finishes his career at BYU.