While BYU was running over the Longhorns, Jake Heaps had himself a decent debut in Kansas

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  • localblue Sandy, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 2:15 a.m.

    @Chris B - You brought up the rankings. Have you checked them lately? Utah even after their two "wins" are way down the list. It's tough always having to luck up at your competition.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Sept. 10, 2013 12:46 a.m.

    Apparently this writer didn't do his homework; last year, Kansas opened up against the same team, won the game, and it was their only win...after one game.

  • spokaloo Adin, CA
    Sept. 9, 2013 11:54 p.m.

    Chris B,

    What will you do when there is no such thing as the BCS next year? What will your identity be? Utah will have to go unbeaten to make the college football playoff just like BYU. Utah will have no conference advantage granted by the BCS after this year? Not that it matters when you are battling Colorado for PAC 12 south doormat status.

  • Coug in China China, 00
    Sept. 9, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    Chris B - You are real "cute", kind of like my 9 year old daughter who ends all of her emails and texts with LOL... grow up, will you?

  • newwest Ferron, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    Yes, I'm sure all the NFL scouts are drooling over Heaps after he torched South Dakota for 110 yards.
    After all, he's playing in a BCS conference.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Sept. 9, 2013 2:04 p.m.


    Oregon State 69
    uta 2

    Get used to it little sister. Game on!

  • SoCalTrueBlue2 San Diego, CA
    Sept. 9, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    Although I wish him well, once Heaps has to face Big 12 defenses, I suspect we will all be reminded that he did not succeed at BYU because there is a big difference between being a good passer and a good quarterback.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 12:38 p.m.

    down under,

    Just remember, we own you on the field!


    Best of luck Jake the rest of the season on a BCS team, with BCS athletes, with BCS bowl potential!

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Sept. 9, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    Thanks to posters who helped me recall tidbits, and provided insight into the scenario. I wish Jake Heaps well too. I have relatives who will be cheering him on as a Jayhawk.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Yes, way to go Jake for beating a South Dakota team. It is the same as Utah playing Weber state.
    I love the false confidence that is being built up in SLC.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 10:33 a.m.


    I think most of the attention is the Texas meltdown.

    If the national media thought so highly of byu, why would they punish texas by dropping them from 16 to out of the rankings? That wouldn't have happened even with a 20 point loss to any ranked team.

    By the way, did you see what a go fast go hard offense did against Virginia?

    Oregon 59
    Virginia 10


  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Sept. 9, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Wishing Jake continued success at Kansas.

    Meanwhile, Taysom Hill and BYU are receiving national recognition:

    - National Offensive Player of the Week, CBS Sports
    - National Player of the Week, Athlon Sports
    - Featured prominently in ESPN weekly wrapup

  • icetre421 Layton, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    And don't kid yourself, Chris. Utah may be in a BCS conference, but they won't be in the BCS any sooner than Kansas will. Translation - it will be a long time.

  • icetre421 Layton, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    @Nan BW - There are differing opinions about heaps, but from my perspective it was a combination of Jake expecting to take over and be successful just for showing up, and the coaches not handling the whole situation as they should have.

    I've heard he wasn't the hardest worker out there and that turned off the coaches. I've also heard he had a prima-donna attitude.

    But I think the coaches messed up by being to quick to give his job to the other QB, Riley Nelson, who was an LB/DB playing QB and not a legit option at QB. He had a weak arm and was known for making questionable decisions. But the coaches liked that he was a scrapper and an intense leader. It didn't help that Jake's 2nd year was the 1st year for offensive coordinator Brandon Doman, who made a lot of mistakes calling plays and setting up an offense that was likely a bit too complex for a young guy. Felt like they gave up on Jake too early.

    So a combo of all these things made things not workout for Jake at BYU, in my opinion.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Sept. 9, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Nan BW - did you ever see the Lion King movie ? The scene where Rafiki whacks the cub across the head with stick, and cub responds "What did you do that for ???" And the wise old Rafiki responds, "It doesn't matter, it's in the past".

    He lost his starting job because he wasn't living up to what people expected, in a pressure cooker environment, there were unbelievable expectations for historical reasons and he chose to walk away from it and get a fresh start somewhere else with his young wife. He had options, and exercised one. Charlie Weis was glad to take him on.

    And I hope the guy does well there just like I hoped he would at BYU.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    Good luck to Jake.

    He realized he could better accomplish his goals of winning a real bowl game and preparing for the NFL on a 1-11 Kansas team than he could at he previous location.

    We wish you well Jake, you are a tremendous talent and with some decent coaching you can be great.


    Fellow BCS member University of Utah Utes

  • LVIS Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 7:09 a.m.

    Well, good for him. Hope he does well. Now, is this the last of the Heaps stories we'll see in the DesNews?

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Sept. 9, 2013 6:54 a.m.

    I am not a football fan, and if I were, this would be a really stupid question, but what did happen to Jake Heaps at BYU? I wouldn't be asking, but I may be asked that question by committed Jayhawk fans, and I'd want to have a good synopsis that is accurate.

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    Congrats to Jake! Best of luck in the rest of the season.