BYU football: Could Jake Heaps reach Jimmer status?

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  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 3, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    @Howard S. cont.

    Show a little class once in a while. It's fun to have a rivalry...and with it spar a little of course...but some of you people...zoobies...and myself at times included... take it way too far. There's room for both programs as well as all the others in the state of Utah. Right now with the different direction we're going don't you think we should be promoting rather than tearing down.


  • gchris rock springs, wy
    Feb. 1, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    I wouldn't expect the usual suspects on the board to think much of Jake Heaps, but for those of us who care about our own team more that someone else's, let it be said that Jake is going to be a very good quarterback, maybe a great one. BYU's schedule and national exposure should showcase his talents. But, that said, Jimmer is a phenomenon that comes along once in a lifetime. It isn't just the name, the looks, the "cool," the shooter's touch, the paralyzing cross-over, the life story. He might not even make it in the NBA (bet he does), but there might never be another college player quite like him. I took my grandson to see him play just so he could tell his grandson some daythat he did. Hope we can say the same about Jake!

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 1, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    Here are the actual standings of the teams Heaps destroyed !

    SDSU ranked 32 { gotta admit the ref helped this one, never should have been left up to a lame ref call, just sayin }
    Washington ranked 53 {Just one under BYU 52}
    UTEP ranked 77
    USU Ranked 89 {Opp's They beat up on Heap's, sorry to bring up a negative in this Hype spin piece }
    Wyo 103
    CSU 107
    UNLV 113
    NM 119

    I think that this is a very truth filled data sheet for our fair haired boy Jakey !

    Honest evaluations are always much more helpful to build from, not over blown wishful day dreaming. Just sayin, you want to help then start at the truth.


  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    Jan. 31, 2011 9:38 p.m.

    History is something you cling to when the scoreboard lets you down.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    Jimmer's freshman year wasn't anything spectacular. He worked hard every year and has become the player he is now. Heaps can work hard at QB and be even bigger. QBs are the MVPs almost every time. When all the dust is settled Heaps will determine his own future if he has what it takes. Hard work is what is needed. Heaps is a very hard worker just like Jimmer. The same naysayers about Heaps used to do the same to Jimmer only now they cast doubts on his ability to be a good pro. Work hard Jimmer.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Jan. 31, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    Heaps could be as big as Jimmer but BYU would have to pull an Auburn and go undefeated.

    That takes a defense, WRs and TEs which BYU currently does not have.

    Dalton did pretty well with TCU and he is not even close to Jimmer.

    Bball is more focused on individual play especially scorers. Football is more of a team sport.

    BYU being independent and playing name teams from major conferences helps. If Utah does well in the PAC then beating them means something for a change.

    IF BYU can somehow beat Texas and Ole Miss that will raise an eyebrow or two.

    As weak as the PAC South is Utah should win at least 1/2 of their PAC games. Utah has more talent than BYU. BYU gets more out of their talent.

    Heaps is good, time will tell if he is great.

    However, he can't catch his own passes.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    Re: Naked Truth

    You hold on to that history, my friend.

    You're going to need the comfort as you wait for the Big 12 invite that never comes and as you watch BYU sink into the self imposed oblivion of independent non AQ college football.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    Re: Bluto

    ESPN plopping down millions for BYU...

    The truth is that ESPN needed a replacement for BSU. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Want more truth?

    You don't know how much ESPN is plopping down for BYU.

    Prove me wrong by reference to a public announcement... You can't do it.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    Mike come on lets slow down the spin Doctor hype-O-hypodermic needle of Hype's on Heaps he came in with plenty to spare.

    You most keep it real with this kid. For starters, Heaps success's came against no one ranked higher then 46th. and lowly USU who finished in the basement of the WAC cleaned his clock.

    The lone victory against Washington came with Riley Nelson scoring the touch downs and Heaps getting a FG, so to start spinning the hype machine perhaps you need to get on the reality machine.

    You know you should not count your chickens before the egg's hatch, and so far the egg has simply been laid.

    Do not get me wrong, I am a true blue BYU fan first, not a Hyped Heap's fan.


  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    That is what I have been waiting for - some more of that 1984 talk. Keep it coming.


  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    It's easy to understand the frustration of the BYU-hating trolls.

    Even though they pretend it isn't so, the one indisputable fact that the Utah trolls simply can't spin is that Utah's best has only ever been...

    2nd best!

    1944 - 2nd best tournament winner
    1998 - 2nd in the NCAA tournament
    2008 - #2 in the AP (#4 in Coaches)

    Ty Detmer - Heisman WINNER

    As much as they would like to rewrite history, the record speaks for itself.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 5:22 p.m.

    Lets take a look a Heap's so far, hum did not beat a single team last year that was ranked higher then 46th place Opp's sorry LOST to USU in a laugher, Oh by the way, USU is ranked sub 100, just sayin.

    Now these teams that Heaps powered over all finished at the bottom of there conferences, just sayin.

    But to be fair I must point out the Washington Victory, you remember, the game that started off the fabulous year, Oh yeah Riley Nelson scored all the TD's and Heap's one field Goal.

    Lets not all get caught up in Heaps because he has not accomplished anything yet.

    Jimmer is for real and Heaps is still hype.

    I am a BYU fan not an over hyped Heaps fan.

    Poly Cougar Nation

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 31, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    Howard S,

    Funny how you would automatically assume that BYU fans would be willing to trade in their past success for an invite to the Pac-12. Maybe Ute fans would trade in THEIR football histroy, but not this BYU fan. Not in a million years.

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 31, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    Hmmmm, three out of the first four comments made by the biggest BYU haters on the DN blogs. Interesting. Howard S, hedgehog and Chris B must have each other on speed dial to let each other know when the latest BYU article comes out. I'm not insinuating that they're all the same person. Nahhh. Too many haters out there!

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 31, 2011 4:39 p.m.


    Classic hater MO, taking what a national reporter said as BYU chest thumping!! Absolutely classic!!

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    Oh you poor sad little ute trolls. Did the big bad DN post an article about the Y? Hurry, post a rebuttal ASAP.

    It is like having a child follow you around kicking at your heals and saying "Look at me" or "What about me".

    Don't worry, you will get noticed too. In fact, we are all noticing you right now.


  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    @Howard S.

    So now Legacy refers to the Navy and Army teams of the 30's and 40's ?

    Oh, the desperation in your arguments is a beautiful thing to behold.

    Keep it up, please.

    ESPN is not plopping down millions for Navy's and Army's brand, as they are for BYU's Brand.

    Seriously Howie, seek professional help. You are going to get an ulcer.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    Heaps will get more media attention then Jimmer if he and the team achieve football greatness as follows:

    1. Go undefeated the next 3 years
    2. Win the Heisman his Jr or Sr year
    3. Be the number 1 draft choice

    These are not likely but as long as we are speculating might as well go big.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    What is with the jealousy and obsession of wanting to be heard? The endless day dreaming about being taken seriously while offering nothing of value.

    Just imagine if the TUN was NATIONALLY RELEVANT and not the Cougars. I could only imagine the maniacal, self love articles.

    Get used to the hype "No Class Crew". If you think Jimmermania is sweeping the nation wait until ESPN is covering BYU football games with several other nationally prominent teams every year. They will get bigger and bigger and will feed off success of getting better each year. Your obsession will spiral out of control.

    TUN...not so much

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Jan. 31, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    Heaps is a special talent. Heaps freshman season was as good if not better than Jimmers freshman season. Heaps has talent around him that will be with him for 3 more years. Only time will tell but I will definitely be watching.

  • wyoming cougar Green River, WY
    Jan. 31, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    "crowntown1 | 12:21 a.m. Jan. 31, 2011
    Corona, CA
    i even read an article by some BYU writer stating BYU is the Duke U. of the west ???? Are you serious?"

    Funny thing- that article was in the Wall Street Journal, last I checked that's not a BYU publication, but apparently BYU must be doing some things right to get included in there.

    It's funny, even national publications are taking notice and y'all seem to think that you need to spew your venom about them also.

    Life's too short guys...

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    I don't think Heaps can carry his team on his back like The Jimmer :)

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    Jan. 31, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    The Ute trolls are the only ones on the planet that think being a bride's maid is better than being the bride.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 31, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    I love that for hedgehog we will always be "the team who shall not be named." We still strike that much fear in his heart.

    Maybe it's because in my 38 years on this earth, Utah has only beaten BYU 13 times.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Jan. 31, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    I think Heaps has a lot of potential. It was fun to watch his progress last season, and I can't wait to for next season. We'll see how it goes.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    Re: Bluto

    Legacy status is for has beens. Army has a legacy. Navy has a legacy. Neither have a place in the modern landscape of major college football.

    And neither does BYU

    Legacy can't get BYU to a BCS game. Legacy can't get BYU invited to a major conference.

    The only thing legacy has done for BYU is to secure them a few weeknight games on ESPN.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Jan. 31, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    hedgehog | 6:50 p.m. Jan. 30, 2011
    Ann Arbor, MI
    I just never stops does it. What is the tds obsession with being accepted?

    hedgehog, did you even read the article? Maybe you don't know how to read? This article has nothing to do with being accepted.

    This article's sole focus is with the love of the media and fans towards Jimmer. And soon to be Jake. Does it bother you that "the tds" is getting all the attention and you're acting out like a two year old who is being ignored?

    Or maybe you don't understand the power of the media. ESPN's coverage of Boise State has made them what they are. BSU will wilt into "just another non-BCS" team now that they are on The Mtn.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 7:26 a.m.

    @Howard S.

    ESPN "is" banking on "BYU's Brand", they won't be paying millions to televise BYU's "Past" but rather, BYU's "Present and Future".

    Why? Because their reputation proceeds them. Their Legacy Status is already established.

    Utah would have to match BYU's achievements over the last 40 years, and then establish a National fanbase, before the Utes could even be mentioned in the same breath as BYU. You and I both know, that is never going to happen.

    No Howie, BYU fans would not trade National TV, every game, Football and Basketball, controlling their Own Brand, making more money, and having more Access and Exposure......for your "Land of Obscurity in the Household of Washington State".

    You enjoy your mid-major status within your own Conference and then make sure you tune in to "All" of BYU's Nationally televised games and good luck finding Utah on any National broadcast.

    Even Colorado is receiving more $$$ than Utah, Colorado? Colorado?

    What worries U, is recruits will notice this, and your recruiting will echo Wazu's, in very short order.

    Now leave us be, while we negotiate another 2 million dollar game at Jerry's World.

  • The Expats Apo, AP
    Jan. 31, 2011 6:24 a.m.

    re: Howard S.
    BCS bowl wins, as nice as they are, are afterall just bowl wins. A BCS bowl win from 2005 or 2008 is not a national championship.
    Do you remember who won the 2001 Fiesta?.......(Oregon)
    So why should we care who won the 2005 (or 2007) Fiesta? (Certainly fun games to watch.)

    A fiesta bowl trophy is nice, but it's not a NC trophy. So, as long as college FB fans are content with just going to a BCS bowl game, then the BCS system won't change.
    What the Utes should want, is not a BCS appearance, or a BCS win. Rather, they should want what BYU has (and wants again) a National Championship.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Jan. 31, 2011 4:43 a.m.

    So Howard S. You would rather be in the PAC12 but you really didn't finish your sentence. You should have finished it with I'd rather be in the PAC12 and finish in the bottom of the pack than have all the trophy's and accomplishments that BYU has had and will have.

    Face it u fans, you will always be the little brothers and dream of being like your big brothers at the Y. Keep will never happen.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    Jan. 31, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    I have never seen a people pound their own chests as much as I have seen BYU fans. YOU HAVEN'T WON ANYTHING!!! You won a NC 27 years ago! BYU has to win to keep this TV deal and I promise you they won't. You are biting odd more than you can chew. i even read an article by some BYU writer stating BYU is the Duke U. of the west ???? Are you serious?

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    Re: Bluto -

    Ancient history is the last refuge of those whose greatest days are in the past.

    You can have it all. In fact, it's all you have.

    I'd rather be in the PAC12.... and so would you.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    Oh the loser Ute Trolls are off their medications again.

    It ain't braggin if you do it or have done it.

    You see Ute trolls....

    BYU already has...In Football

    A National Championship

    (by 5 Seperate Organizations, Waterford Chrystal Ball and all)

    A Heisman Trophy

    Two Outland trophies

    Four Davey O'Brien trophies

    Seven Sammy Baugh Trophies

    NFL MVP's

    Super Bowl champions w/winning QB's

    7 Hall of Famers

    16 consensus All-americans 60+ all told

    And ESPN at it's back. U've got a Conference that won't fully share with you for 5 years.

    Danny Ainge already won POY with the Wooden and Eastman.

    It's not likely Heap's ever reaches Jimmers status, but those who were here with Detmer, saw something close, but even that did not measure up to Jimmermania.

    His name will forever be mentionsed when incredible shots are made or when a team gets lit up.

    It's a lasting thing, a new phrase has been coined a new cliche has been born, not many people will ever have that distinction.

    Read it and weep uties read it and weep.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    Re: Howard S.

    At least he'll get a college degree.

  • Alpine Coug Alpine, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    Although I agree that this is really pre-mature, I am so totally sick of the 3-4 perennial haters who pop up on this board (we all know their names) to trash any and every article on BYU.

    Interesting article in a recent Bleacher Report that noted the Fifty all-time greatest football programs-which the usual suspects leading the way to include: Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, USC, et al. What was most intriguing was that BYU was listed at # 20 all-time most influential program while the Utes were nowhere to be found in the top 50. As a life-long Cougar, I applaud our friends to the north for their very recent success, but I suspect that it will be a very long time before Utah is noted for memebership among the elite programs. Gentlemen (and Chrisie, please cease the hate. It is not very becoming or civil.

  • Billy Bob Provo, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    As a BYU fan but a realist, I will try to be realistic about it. No, Heaps will not reach Jimmer status. Don't get me wrong, I think Heaps will be good. Optimistically, he may even lead BYU to a BCS game. But he will never have the hype Jimmer has. And he will never be considered for the top award in College Football, or at least not win it (and rightfully so). However, with all that said, I am excited for the next few football seasons with Heaps, just as I am excited to see how far Jimmer can bring BYU in the NCAA Tournament. Go Cougars!

  • BlueSaint South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    I'm sure the Utes would have someone to gush all over about, but they never get the best athletes, so they hate on elite programs that do!...Sad really!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 30, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    "Let Heaps lead them to the BCS before saying he should be a Heisman candidate - which is what you are saying when you say he could reach Jimmer status"


    Not a good comparison. Jimmer lead his team to a field of 62. If he had gotten them to the Elite Eight than I would use the BCS comparison for heaps.

    As it stands now - Jimmer can shoot the ball really good...nothing more.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    I don't know if Heaps can but one thing I know for sure is the wynn won't. LOL

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    A new "Quest" begins and we are still 7 months away from the beginning of the season. Must be a slow news day.

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    Can we just let the guys plan without heaping (pardon the pun) enormous expectations on them before they even accomplish anything? Fredette seems to be handling it OK but the team obviously did not in the defeat - although give UNM credit.

    In my opinion lots of publicity is never a good thing until something is won and done. Let the team advance a little in the finals before putting them on the stage. Let Heaps lead them to the BCS before saying he should be a Heisman candidate - which is what you are saying when you say he could reach Jimmer status.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    Re: fender @ 6:43 pm

    It's the DN..... So, yes.

  • Jade Provo, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    @fender: BYU's Daily Universe did basically write this column two weeks ago (Can Heaps eclipse Jimmer's feats? 1/18).

  • --JEFFE-- Cedar City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 7:24 p.m.


    Whats really sad is a person almost 2,000 miles away constantly and obsessively tracking a school he claims to hate. Than there is the fact that he has nothing better to do than spew negativity and false information. The painful truth is, you dedicate way too much time typing hateful and delusional comments on a paper 2,000 miles away from where you live.

    In the future you should try your hardest to present accurate, meaningful material for discussion. Hateful comments just make you look like a little person.

  • Cris B. Sandy, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    Can heaps achieve average qb status?

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 30, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    I just never stops does it.

    What is the tds obsession with being accepted? The endless day dreaming about epic grandeur is nothing more than delusion.

    Just imagine if the tds was invited into the Conference of Champions and not the Utes. I could only imagine the maniacal, self love articles.

    It's sad really.

  • fender Washington, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    who actually wrote this: the BYU PR people?

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    Could Heaps achieve Fredette level hype?

    Sure..... but just like Jimmer, Heaps will likely never achieve any meaningful post season success.