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Jake Heaps transferring from BYU

Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:40 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Highly touted sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps has decided to transfer from BYU, head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced on Monday.

“Jake has decided to leave the program in pursuit of a fresh start for he and his young family,” Mendenhall said in an official release. “Jake is a great young man with tremendous potential and someone I deeply care about. I am sorry to see him leave this wonderful institution yet anxious to follow his future development and success.”

Heaps started ten games as a freshman in 2010, setting school freshman passing records for yards, touchdowns, and wins. After starting the first five games in 2011, Heaps was replaced at the starting position by junior Riley Nelson. Early last month Heaps deflected questions regarding possible transfer or redshirt, committing to "give my 100 percent and commit to this team and this program throughout the rest of the season."

With the season complete, Heaps is now committed to looking for a new home. Mason Kelly, of the Seattle Times, listed Washington, Washington State, Cal and USC as possible destinations for the sophomore quarterback. Heaps leaves BYU having completed 363 of 635 passes for 3,768 yards, 24 touchdowns 17 interceptions in his brief stint with the Cougars.

BYU will face Tulsa in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30. BYU announced junior quarterback James Lark as the new backup behind Nelson. You can check out the entire bowl schedule here.

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Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:44 am

Jake Heaps transferring from BYU

While it is tough to see a good QB leave the team, we can't argue with the instant success that they've experienced since he left. Ultimately, this success will lead to better recruits across the board and that is what BYU really needs in order to suceed in both the near and distant future.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:15 pm

Jake Heaps transferring from BYU


I'd rather see doman and nelson both leave before jake. 

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:12 pm

Jake Heaps transferring from BYU

I don't blame Jake in the least. In fact a lot of my support for byu leaves with him.

I blame a very inexperienced offensive coordinator and a lack luster running backs for the situation that led to this point.

Good luck Jake. I hope you go where you're appreciated.

I hope byu has a plan for WHEN Riley Neilson gets hurt. He still has to prove he can beat a quality opponent.  

Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:11 pm

Jake Heaps transferring from BYU

He can throw the ball through a basketball hoop but will throw interceptions. Maybe a team will take him that can let him have a half time show with this ability.

Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:02 pm

Jake Heaps transferring from BYU

Tanner will be hard to hold onto....he's talking to the Huskers and SC right now. Besides, he threw interceptions to teams most oponants make hamburger out of.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:41 pm

Jake Heaps transferring from BYU

You can never have too many QB's, and when he came out of high school he was one of the higest rated QB's coming out that year. I just believe he got into a system that did not work for him. Him being from Washington, and the Huskies already probably being at max for the quarterback position I wee him going to WAZZU. That would be an ideal fit for him especially with Mike Leach now taking over. It will be interesting what he chooses.

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:31 pm

Jake Heaps transferring from BYU

[sorry, I need to finish my previous thought:] " didn't go well for him. ...Except for a series or two that he played Very Well while Nelson" ...when Nelson went down with his broken ribs -- specifically THE game he was hurt in.  Then he played ok for the next few games while Nelson mended, but never really showed the promise he'd shown before.

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:22 pm

Jake Heaps transferring from BYU

Very Sad. I had high hopes for Heaps in this program, but that fact is he bombed out this year and never really got his head in the game.  Out of sync, threw a lot of long balls, insecure in the pocket, almost scared of the defense's shadow, didn't go well for him. ...Except for a series or two that he played while Nelson

Another sad fact is that BYU QBs who transfer out have NEVER -- not once -- done anything of note anywhere else they go.  For 35 years I've watched these guys, and seen a lot of great prospects leave the program, and it just never works out for them.  I hope Heaps' experience is different.  I like the kid.  He has a great arm, otherwise good senses, and some good expereice, but he needs to find a program and receiving corps that he can blossom in.  I hope he makes it.

In the meantime, BYU will be fine.  Nelson is better than people give him credit, and Lark is not shabby either.  They'll have Mangum in camp after Nelson graduates and he also comes with national prominence.  BYU will continue to do well with who they already have lined up.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:44 pm

Jake Heaps transferring from BYU

Mendenhall has a man crush on Nelson and drove the better of the two quarterbacks away.  Heaps had to play perfect to keep his starting job and do this with a new OC.  He was doomed from the start.  Here's to having a QB by they name of Riley Nelson who can't throw a ball on a line deeper than 20 yards!

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:51 pm

Jake Heaps transferring from BYU

Cal has a stable full of young QB studs, all highly ranked. Doubtful Tedford is interested.

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