Heaps splits time again as hapless Jayhawks get destroyed by Baylor

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  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Oct. 30, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    Doesn't Kansas have way more star athletes because they are part of a BCS conference? I think he has plenty of talent around him. I've seen him make some fantastic throws while at BYU, but I've also seen him make some horrific passes. His time at BYU was wasted with a poor offensive strategy from the coaches.

    I'm sure he has talent given all the extra coaching camps he attended prior to his entry into college. It is a shame that he will be replaced shortly at Kansas and his football career will be over.

  • Zorro Bakersfield, CA
    Oct. 29, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    It was strange how after a good freshman season and bowl game Heaps had a hard time. I think he made a mistake going to Kansas. I thought he would have done better if he went to Wazoo. Back in WA, with a throw happy coach. Oh well, he has been given an opportunity too bad it isn't working out.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 29, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    Recruiting is not perfect.

    Nothing against Heaps, but so many over estimated his abilities.

    On the other hand, Chuckie Keeton was under estimated. He's better than any quarterback on the Texas Longhorns, and was probably not offered.---Dennis Pitta was a walk-on.

  • MrPlate Lindon, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    Tell us, Sportsfanatic, about the BYU division when Heaps was playing. You must mean the division of Heaps and his daddy on one side, and the entire rest of the team on the other.

    Not given a chance to succeed? Surely you jest. Riley rode the pine from the time Heaps was named as the starter until nearly the 4th quarter of the Aggies' game the following year. Interesting how Bronco's alleged man-crush on Riley didn't translate into any notable playing time for Riley, until Riley became the starter by simply outplaying Heaps in real game time. That, at a point where Mendenhall probably would have been fired if he persisted with his stubborn loyalty and support of a woefully ineffective and downward-spiraling Heaps who was terrified of defenses and threw horrible passes. But, apparently BYU owed it to Heaps to lead a sinking ship even with other available options.

    BTW - sitting out a year for the transfer did not cost Heaps a drop of eligibility. If this made him gasp for air to catch up, that says a lot too.

    Great players rise up. Fans of others make excuses.

    BYU dodged a bullet!

  • evansrichdm west jordan , UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    I totally support Heaps when he was at BYU and watched him play a great game in Albuq and his last game at BYU, but when he transfered my support for him died. It showed a bad attitude, which many of the other players where expressing about Heaps. Heaps thought it would come easy for him and then found out at BYU it is more important to have a winning QB then anything else. Heaps second year he just got worse and worse, thus enter Nealson. When Nealson was injuried the second year it seemed that Heaps grew up a little bit, and learned a thing or two from Nealson. Then came the transfer and my first impression is that is the end for Heaps and contuines to go that way. I feel bad for the kids, but he should have done his time on the bench here in Provo and grown up a bit. With how Hill is playing I am not sheding any tears over what could have been, but never was with Heaps.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Oct. 29, 2013 4:44 a.m.

    I feel sorry for Jake. I thought he made a serious mistake going to Kansas with a coach who never found success in college ball. While I still feel he was not treated fairly at BYU, he made a mistake going to a program that can never support him properly. There are more important things than football. Let's hope things go well for him in the longer term. No one can make Kansas a winner in football...at least not this decade.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 28, 2013 9:05 p.m.

    You are forgetting that Jake did well his freshman year.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Oct. 28, 2013 5:43 p.m.

    So, whenever a QB doesn't play well in college, it is because he "didn't get the development he needed?" Or the coach was bad? Or some other excuse?

    Couldn't it be because Nelson outplayed him and took the job away? Could it be because Heaps couldn't throw an accurate pass? And when he actually did throw a pass to a receiver, there was never any touch on the ball, which made it harder to catch? Could it be because he "heard footsteps" all the time and was afraid of taking a hit?

    Look, I wanted Heaps to succeed just as much as the next guy. I sure did hope he would go to Kansas and get what he needed to become a better QB. But the fact is, he has shown no improvement at all. His Freshman season was his best year. He hasn't approached that level of play since. Blame Doman, or Bronco, or whoever you want. In the end, Heaps just isn't that good. He may have the talent, but in my opinion he lacks the heart.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 5:39 p.m.


    "After all, when he was looking amazing during KU's camp the DesNews reported on that as well."

    And most of us were tired of the news then as well.

  • armchair quarterback DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    It's simple...the reason there are continuing articles on Jake Heaps is that people read them, AND comment on them! Naturally there is interest in Utah about how his career has gone since leaving BYU. It appears that the interest goes both ways: with some hoping to see him succeed with his new team and some glad to see him struggling. I, for one, hope that he can get something positive going. He seemed like a decent enough guy who just wants to play football and do well. Hopefully he can get things turned around at Kansas. HIs old team is doing just fine without him, no need to wish him any ill will,

  • Kaladin Greeley, CO
    Oct. 28, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    Some people are just interested in how he is doing. If he were lighting up the record books the DesNews would be reporting on that. He was a very highly touted recruit that ended up a bust for BYU - for whatever reason. This is not some propaganda piece to make BYU feel better about the situation with Jake. After all, when he was looking amazing during KU's camp the DesNews reported on that as well.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 28, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    Leave Jake alone. Please, no more articles about him. Seeking validation for the decisions made regarding Heaps seems very petty at this point.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 4:10 p.m.


    I agree with you completely. The Heaps/Nelson era is over and it is time for BYU fans and the local media to move on and leave them both alone. Jake Heaps was a talented HS recruit but he needed to be developed in order to be successful at the college level, and unfortunately he did not get that at BYU or Kansas. The worst thing for him was starting as a true freshman and splitting reps with Riley Nelson. He should have red-shirted his freshman year and spent more time being coached by Doman, but Doman being promoted to OC left him little time to work with his QBs and it showed. Now all three have moved on from BYU and it is time for everyone to do the same. I hope all three find success at whatever they attempt to do next in life.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Oct. 28, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    What is the point of sharing how Jake is doing? Is it to stroke the egos of those who wanted to see him leave? Is it to validate why he is no longer a BYU QB? Is it to prove he is "less than"? There have been plenty of players to come and go from all 3 DI schools here in Utah? Why the obsession with Jake?

    Let the kid live his life and leave him be.

    GO UTES!!

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    Sportfanatic, you are wrong. Heaps did not lose a year of eligibility. He played 2 years I Provo. And he'll play 2 in Kansas.

  • FireInside Provo, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    Uhh Chris B...ever hear of this guy named Cody Hoffman? I'd say he has plenty of talent and he was playing when Heaps was around. Plus the O-line was significantly better during Heaps' time than what Taysom has. The real problem with Jake is that he had no toughness to him..physical or mental, and he was never able to settle in and find his groove against any defense with a pulse.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Oct. 28, 2013 1:52 p.m.

    Too bad for Jake that the pro scouts aren't going to be wowed too much by his #1 high school ranking and that they are actually going to take college results into their evaluation.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 28, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    Interesting - two utes commenting on a BYU QB who transferred to Kansas. When the utes thumped Jake 54 - 10, they were ridiculing him as Jake Hypes. Now they think he's "awsome" and just doesn't have talent around him.

    That's funny because Taysom has just about the same talent around him that Jake did at BYU and Taysom is lighting it up and setting records!

    With the dismal production from the ute QBs against USC, U may want to see if Jake will transfer to SLC.

  • spokaloo White Salmon, WA
    Oct. 28, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    And yet, Heaps beat the Utes until the refs blew the replay call.

  • NH Transplant HEBER CITY, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    As a die hard BYU fan I am tired of the continued articles on Jake Heaps. Leave the young man alone. He is working hard and is in a situation that would be difficult for anyone to succeed in. I wish him the best. Let's focus on the good season, potential great season if BYU continues to win, of the Cougars as they continue to improve their play on the field.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    I really wish the DNews would let Heaps just disappear from their coverage. I was never a fan for reasons beyond raw talent but it can't help to still have his name in coverage back here in Utah. Can we just let the guy be left alone, already?

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    Sadly, Jake is just not a good college Quarterback. For whatever reason, his skills did not translate well to the College level. As a BYU fan, I hate to admit it, but BYU coaching (ie from Doman) may have hurt his progression a little bit, but when all is said and done, it is a personal responsibility to perform well. Jake seems like a good kid, but he is just a poor to mediocre Quarterback and he would be a poor to mediocre QB even if he was on Alabama or some other great team with amazing talent. And, Chris B, I know it hurts to hear but he would be a poor to mediocre QB even if he was on your mighty 4-4 Utes.

  • Sportfanatic West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    I agree with you Chris B

    Heaps was never given a chance to suceed at BYU due to Bronco's love-affair with Riley Nelson, and a brand new offensive coordinator Brandon Doman, who didn't have any control over his offense. Bronco allowed the team to divide and the Heaps era was over. BYU fans, say what you want. Jake Heaps is a talented quarterback who is now gasping at air trying to make up for lost ground, due to the inept coaching staff at BYU. He should've never went to the Y, and yes I am a die-hard BYU fan! He lost an entire year of eligability due to his transfer, and Kansas was really his only choice due to Charlie Weiss recruting him, and the other instutions now having plenty of players at quarterback. Had Robert anae stayed at the Y, and maintained control of his offense, Riley Nelson would've never played another down, past Heaps' freshman year. Anae had Heaps and the offense rolling after Heap's freshman year. I still would like to see Jake suceed, but Kansas does not have the talent pool for him to suceed. BYU missed out!

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    Heaps would win the hiesman for sure because of ute talent and all are stars on our bcs team and that would make jake the most awsome in the country.

    Go Utes!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 28, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    The problem with Jake is that he's never had talent surrounding him, at either of his college stops.