Jake Heaps, Kansas offense falter in a crushing defeat to TCU

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  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 15, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    Why do we even care about Kansas football?!?!?!?!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    7 on 7...

    I've watched each of the Kansas FB games.

    Jake looks like a 7 on 7 phenom who never learned to translate that ability to game day.

    Jake is not the first nor will he be the last HSQB to fool recruiters.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    Oct. 15, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    Jake Heaps isn't the first highly regarded high school quarterback to fall far short of expectations at the next level.

    Jake's biggest short-coming was lack of competitiveness. If Bronco could have merged Riley Nelson's grit and determination with Jake Heap's arm, he would have had a Heisman Trophy quality QB.

    One play in particular epitomized Jake: early in the 2011 season Jake threw a pick at the goal line versus Ole Miss. Instead of trying to tackle the interceptor, Jake just stood there and watched the interceptor run past him for a 95-yard touchdown return.

    Riley Nelson would never have allowed that to happen without at least making a concerted effort to stop the interceptor.

    I hope Jake eventually develops some fire and has some success at Kansas, but, as a BYU fan, I've long since moved on.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Oct. 15, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    Another softball question, Scott . . he was just a great HS quarterback whose game didn't translate to NCAA D-1. He's not the first; he won't be the last. It's a lesson fans never seem to learn . . overall average "star" ratings may mean something to a program, but an individual player's rating is an unreliable predictor of success.

    FYI, not that it matters to the discussion at hand, but five minutes online research shows that Heaps turned down UW; they didn't "pull his offer." No matter; even if you're right, he reportedly had over 25 D1 offers. BYU didn't invent the Heaps Hype any more than he invented press conferences. Utah would've offered him in a heartbeat if they thought they had a chance.

    I'm not even sure what you think we're debating; your reply seems to be refuting statements or claims I haven't made, or facts not in dispute.

  • WhyAmIhere? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    Like a lot of kids who do great in HS.. Heaps bought into the fairy tale and bit on it. He was fed by his coaches, his classmates, and his father. He did have a glorious HS experience but he has just not been able to advance to the next level. Has he peaked in his abilities or is he too much of a prima donna to work at being better?

    I for one, wish him well and would like to hear of any progress in his career. I also think it was best for BYU when he decided to leave.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Oct. 15, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    Well, Scott, the answer to your question would be "a lot of perennial top NCAA programs."

    I'm far from a Heaps apologist -- they may well be extinct -- but he did not invent the concept of holding a press conference to announce his college choice. I may be off by a few, but I think he's number 3,488 to do so.

    When every credible source in the world of college football scouting has you as a top-tier recruit, a lot of people are going to be interested in your college choice. The announcement wasn't a problem for me, and if his career were proceeding as predicted, no-one would remember the "pomp and circumstance."

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    Oct. 15, 2013 5:26 a.m.

    I called the Jake Hypes debacle the day of his press conference in Salt Lake.

    Who in their right mind would sign a player that ushers himself into collegiate football with pomp and circumstance.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Oct. 14, 2013 11:16 p.m.

    I'm not sure why this is in the paper. I don't wish Jake ill, but I'm also long ago over hearing about him.

    BYU coaching staffs and the front office hopefully learned lessons from jake's stay in Provo, and will not have to re-learn them in the future: Let the princes of the sport go to other teams who care about stars above all else, and we'll take the kids who want to be here, know how to work, and buy into what BYU stands for, and everyone will end up happier in the end.