What about a position change for Jake?Did he play anything else in high
school?I know that OLine or DLine wouldn't work, but maybe TE, or inside
He's been groomed to be a QB since little league and he does have major passing
skills, you don't win the Elite 11 without them. It just hasn't translated into
success at the Y for the most part. I'm sorry greenshovel but the Cougar
faithful are going to pile on you like they did Vai. No fan base in the country
is tougher to please and put more emotion into their support.
Greenshovel, You've got to be kidding! From what I have seen,
good ole' Jake doesn't like any kind of contact! TE or LB - I don't think so.
In my opinion, holding a clipboard is about all the contact he can handle.
I have often said; "If we are the salt of the earth, what good does it do
to stay in the salt shaker?" BYU is a salt shaker if there ever was one.
Spreading good LDS kids out to other universities should certainly impact
missionary work.I personally think that Jake can still start for
BYU. He should probably red shirt next year, but with Riley only being a
sophomore this year Jake would probably only start one year if that.A jump to the U would or to the University of Washington would greatly
increase his odd of starting for two full years and that would greatly increase
his chances to play in the NFL.
Don't come to Utah Jake. The Pac-12 isn't for everybody. You'll fare better at
some irrelevant mid-major program that applauds their coaches and players
spouting off about winning national championships in the preseason, then
following up said boasts with annual September face plants. You're a better fit
for where you already are.
Greenshovel,That's a good one! Maybe they can play him at LB on the
scout team next year to toughen him up, if he redshirts. He'd probably run away
from the line of scrimmage instead of towards it.Vai, this was a
lame rehash. Props for acknowledging Monson's article, but I was hoping for
something else this week.
@The RockRiley is actually a Junior this year so if Heaps Redshirted
he could potentially start both his Junior and Senior year. In theory, it would
work out fine.
Honestly if Jake transferred to Utah I would still pick Jon Hays over him. If I
was Jake I would use that redshirt next year and then come out for my junior
year with an absolute vengeance. Too bad BYU will still be Independent cause not
even the Big East is interested in them!
Is it just me or is nearly everyone Vai's first cousin? Forget about seven
degrees of Kevin Bacon - I'm thinking it is two degrees of Vai's. Seriously -
this guy knows everyone and in two names you can know Vai.Now here
is why my good friend Vai is wrong - (I call him that because my first cousin
Steve once had a French class with Vai's other first cousin) One
Word: LOYALTY. Sure many people can be in things for themselves
and I am sure that works out all the time and maybe that is great for the short
term but if there is one thing you get from these blogs it's that the man
writing them has a lot of loyal friends. Lots. And I am thinking that means
something - if nothing else a free meal from time to time.So I say
leave of Jake alone and let the kid grow and become the loyal quarterback he is
suppose to become - after all I can't wait for the centerfold of him holding a
football in one hand and a pizza box in the other with the title "The
Deliver Man" You know as in Heaps of Pizza.
I think that Jake's position is somewhat similar to TCU's Andy Dalton. He
played four years. His first year was not all that great. TCU relied on the
run. Fans were patient though and ironcially he started connecting on longer
passes starting with the BYU game his sophomore year. He was unstoppable his
last two years and is now in the NFL. I suspect Jake could have
followed the same path, but I don't think BYU fans, who have a long history of
great quarterbacks, could wait that long. They may get a short term payoff with
Riley, but I'm not so sure he is the long term answer for tougher schedules in
future years. So should Jake transfer? If the fans and his teammates
and apparently his position coach have given up on him I say go ahead. I think
Utah would be a good fit in terms of football, but I suspect it would be better
to get a fresh start in another market. I don't think you'll see Jake in a Utah
uniform, but I doubt he'll be in a BYU uniform either.
@Kyle,I know, its really hard to acknowledge that other people have
different opinions. If that bothers you, perhaps you ought to transfer
countries.....China maybe? or perhaps the old soviet union?
The UTES do have a tough situation at QB, but Jake does not help that. If he
cannot cut it at the Y, playing teams like Idaho St, Idaho, New Mexica St, etc,
and be the starter, he sure would not make it against teams from the Pac 12.
While I would love for Heaps to get back in there and fumble the ball, try to
pick it up and throw it away, only to have it slip out of his hands again, Riley
is the better option at BYU, and the UTES do not want him as their QB, nor do
they need him as Vai and Monson suggest. He would provide nothing to the team.
Yes, he has a strong arm, but has absolutely no touch on the ball. The Utes have
Wilson and Hansen coming in next year. While Hansen will go on a mission,
hopefully Wynn will be healthy, and Wilson will step up and learn Chow's system,
and become a great QB for them in the future. Heaps is not a viable option for
the Utes, and I would bet 99.9% of UTE fans would not want him.
Naval Vet, talking about faceplants? Really?You got scoreboard,
humiliatingly so, but that seems to be about all you got. Faceplants!
Heaps needs to play under an offensive coordinator with experience. With the
right coach, Heaps will someday be able to reach his potential. I just don't
think Doman is the right coach for him.
Vai you missed it again! That is like muffing two punts in a row on your own 5
yard line. This entire issue is really about hype and unreasonable
expectations. Jake is a pretty good sophomore now and has a chance to be a real
good red shirt junior and senior at BYU. The real problem here is that Jake and
everyone around him built unreasonable expectations by pronouncing to the world
that Jake was going to move mountains, and shatter all BYU passing records,
before the kid had even dawned a BYU uniform. This was all unfounded rhetoric,
much like talking about a national championship before you have played a game.
This is why the players have so readily adopted Riley who speaks volumes with
his play but was unheralded, even disregarded going into the season. Quitting
under these circumstances, i.e. because you think you are better than all those
great BYU QB's who didn't start until they were a junior, would be, in a word,
ARROGANT. The very thing Jake has been accused of already. If Jake wants to be
a real winner then he should persevere, fight through and come back better; ask
@The RockI love the idea of Heaps transferring to Washington. Then
maybe Keith Price would transfer down to Utah. That ones not going to happen,
Heaps at Washington he would be #3.
He should transfer to TCU where another player with great upside went because he
had the microscope on him the whole time he was at BYU (Fabuluje - 6'7" 320
DE/OL). Yeah we should continue letting some of our best young
players transfer with minimul effort trying to convince them to stay.
My guess it that Jake will go from a mediocre non-aq to another mediocre non-aq
where at least he will start.
This would be a huge loss to BYU in terms of how high ranking recruits will
begin to view the BYU football program. The message is don't come
to BYU because the coaching staff will make sure everyone knows they do not
think you are as good as everyone else thought you were out of high school.Also, because you are a highly sought after recruit that means
everything was given to you in your life and you never had to earn anything.Heaps could have chosen to go to just about any school in the country
out of high school. His reasons for coming to BYU seems to go beyond just
playing football. The only way he transfers is if he is certain he will never
be a starter at BYU. Although, this discussion would beneficial as
a wake up call to the coaching staff to contemplate not having Heaps.And if the stars align they might even reevaluate their lack of ability to
Vai...sorry dude, but you have missed the point. Your argument is that Jake
should transfer because he was replaced this year and a transfer would give him
more opportunity to learn. Although what you failed to point out, which is
surprising coming from an ex-player, is what impact the coaching change had at
BYU and on Jake. Remember BYU brought in a new OC, new RB, and new WR coach.
Jake was at the mercy of their adjustment and their learning curve. Which, as
Doman himself pointed out, has been steep and not without errors. If Jake were
to transfer, he would once again have to learn a new offense, new playbook, etc.
Plus, he would have to sit anyway. So, why not go into next year with a
redshirt mentality, watch, learn, practice, mature, and then he is ready to
start his JR and SR years? Which seems to be what most successful BYU QBs have
done. And...if he has to burn his redshirt because of an injury, then he plays
anyway but you can't overlook the impact of the coaching change and how
difficult that has been this year.
Kosta,I'm trying to see how your comment applies to mine. Were you
writing to a different Kyle? I'm serious, I don't get it. Is it because I
thought greenshovel's comment was funny or because I wish Vai would have written
about something else this week? Or was it because I made fun of Jake? Are you
his mom?Both Vai and Greenshovel are welcome to have their own
opinion and no one needs to go to the old soviet union.
Thanks for another great article. I appreciate your ability to craft a story.It seems football, can be added to the morays of politics and religion,
that are certain to generate livid responses. I'm sure the Utah sports market is
mild in it's disdain, compared with vitriol of other markets. Thick
skin and common sense make you one of my favorite writers.
"It's a fluid situation and based on what I'm seeing, BYU is not going to
be good scenario for him." Vai, what are you seeing? Do you have some
inside info. that you aren't sharing? Do you know that BYU has given up on Jake?
If that is true and they are not going to give Jake another shot then yes, he
should transfer. I don't think that is the case though. Jake has to get himself
out of this funk and get his confidence back. Maybe it does take a redshirt
year. Either way, if he transfers or stays and redshirts, he will still have two
years to see what he can do. But, again, unless you know something that you're
not saying I don't think the coaches have given up on him. We all know how
quickly things can change in this game. If nelson goes down and Jake comes in
and takes a few hits and then hits Apo in stride for a 50 yd TD strike, everyone
will be back on the Heaps bandwagon. Maybe your ties with Utah are causing you
to stir this pot.
Heaps has great upside, he's just not there yet. His bravado coming into the Y,
talking national championship, etc. has hit a road bump. Lot's of folks hit road
bumps, I think redshirting a year would give him ample time to grow up and take
over when the time is right. That's what Young and McMahon did. Come back down
to earth, work hard and he'll be in a position to do some great things in 2013.
Obviously he was good enough to push for the job as a freshman, it just takes
some seasoning to be a really good QB.
@VictorGood point. Why are they struggling so much with the
development of these types of players?From what I've seen they tend
to do way too much cheerleading for the Rudy's of the team.
While this is an interesting topic, I am still questioning Bronco's decision
making. Jake was a quarter or two of football away from finally having success.
The games after he was benched WOULD have been when he finally achieved some
success and his confidence could have been lifted. Riley has had it easy in
terms of strength of schedule of opponents he has started against vs. the games
Jake started. If the coaching staff would have been patient for just another
quarter of football, this would not even be a subject. Having Riley with the
ability to run is a nice feature, so my opinion is that it would have been best
to have some plays that Riley could have relieved Jake for a few series and then
be loaded at QB with experience. I say NO to him ever wearing a Utah uniform, we
don't want him, and our players don't hold pompous press conferences at bars.
I think Vai is the king of the trolls and he writes articles to get reactions
and stroke his ego by getting responses from people.
Vai, the one thing you neglected to admit is that you wrote the whole article to
stir the pot. You know that bringing up such a scenario of a trasnfer to Utah
would be a hot button topic and you got exactly what you wanted. I don't have a
problem with it and I think it's an interesting idea but let's not forget the
whole reason it went "viral" in the first place.
Once again we have a comment from "B.Y.U. hater" crisb who always has
to take a jab at B.Y.U. B.Y.U. has a realistic chance to go 10-3 and their are
a lot of college football fans who would love to see their team accomplish that.
Not every team wins 10 games every season but if your new goal is a mediocre
5-4 in the Pac-12 you can do that as well. I will take 10-3 over 8-4 any day.
As for Heaps, it is up to him what he wants to do. He was forced into a tough
situation last year trying to learn a complex west coast offense as a freshman.
Let him red shirt if he wants and then when Riley leaves he will have the time
to learn what it takes to be a great quarterback like Detmer, Young and others.
This is really about what is best for Jake - not what is best for BYU. I'm sure
Brandon Doman would like to have Heaps tucked away in a red shirt season next
year and that might still happen however I just don't see that being the best
thing for Jake. Jake can play and he has a big time arm so there are alot of
schools that would love to have Jake in their program. Jake prospered in Anae
offense last year - even as a freshman - but the Doman offense is simply not
going to ever work for Jake. I don't know if it is coaching or the scheme or
whatever but Jake has lost all the confidence that he had a year ago. I do think
Norm Chow would love to have Jake and Jake would do well under Norm but it may
also be the University of Washington or Washington St. since that is where the
Heaps family lives. Teaming Jake up with Sarkisian would be a great fit I
believe. I would be surprised if Heaps doesn't transfer after the season is
over. BYU is going nowhere with Nelson as QB except against lesser schools.
I think the problem is more with Doman than with Heaps. Doman apparently has
not gotten into the heads of either of these guys about passing into a crowd
where there are most defensive players than offense. I see the same mistakes
made by both QBs, but one is getting away with it (somewhat) because he can
scramble and make up for these mistakes. Neither has the savvy right now to QB
an all-around game with real offensive integrity - just look at the last game,
which we should have won.I was offended by the first Article that
Vai wrote, but in perspective, at least Heaps could be under the tutelage of
someone who really knows offensive football at Utah.
Vai lining up behind Gordon like that - doesn't really help his (Vai's) cause.
But Vai is just wrong here. You can still retract. Happens all the time around
here - after we realize we have made a mistake.That is all I'm going
to say - looks like most of my thoughts have been offered by others here.
Runner, did not Nelson have to get through the same coaching changes? And lest
we forget Nelson red-shirted. Why could Heaps not? I'm still not sold on him
and would be fine if he transferred. The problem is that out of high school he
could go anywhere, now . . not so much. But if he stays, redshirts and does
all necessary to win back the trust and confidence of his teammates (not
coaches, but teammates), then he might become the QB we and he thought he was.
That's a tall mountain to climb.
If he didn't have to wait a year I'd be fine with him transferring to Utah but
we should have an adequate QB by the time he'd be eligible to play for Utah.
I don't think Heaps would start at Utah either, with Chase Hansen and others on
the horizon Heaps may as well just get his degree at BYU and be happy he got a
free education.Some players have it and some don't, unfortunately for
Heaps he doesn't have the tangibles that enable him to lead or to compete at a
high level. Utah would never put him on the field, they saw first hand his
folding act when they played them earlier this year.
I love how people think Vai is writing articles to stir the pot. Seriously,
that is an insult to him. Its one thing to disagree. Its another to take petty
cheap shots. grow up.
I'm sensing Vai doens't like that taste of leather in his mouth. This article is a poor attempt at a presumptuous previous rant. Nobody left
USC or other programs because they got benched, which is what Vai was saying
about Heaps. Heaps is still in the mix in a big way at BYU and young man cougar
fans love. We know he will make his mark. I have never, ever seen a
new reporter suggest a high caliber athlete transfer to a rivals school just
because he got benched. Now if Heaps was 3 or four on the depth chart that would
make perfect sense. But he's not and Vai fumbled real bad on this one.
If I were Jake Heaps, for selfish reasons I would want to find a school that
would start me every Saturday. BYU is not going to recommend this or support
this...why? Because if Riley gets hurt, then BYU will be in the same boat that
Utah is in right now. Utah shot itself in the foot by not having more depth at
QB and we are now experiencing how crappy that can be. As damaging as it will
be to his pride, he should redshirt at the end of this season, hit the weights,
and stay a positive, contributing member of that squad and things will turn
around for him. Will the BYU fanbase want to lynch Riley Nelson if he has a bad
game against NM? YES! Bide your time young Heaps, your days throwing the ball
at BYU aren't over. My $.02
I think it is about time that you should go back to the east coast. enough of
the condecending remarks and opinions about certain football programs. I am
glad for your life but not to the point of looking down on others like you are
better than they are. the universities are trying their best to build some
stability for their their student athletes. what they will do is for the good
of their students and not to please your ego.
Jake needs to go where he'll get the right coaching. BYU's coaches talk a good
game about that BYU special sauce, but at the end of the day it takes excellence
and competence, not special sauce. I mean, one really shouldn't take
a head coach salary then excuse losses by saying it is about missionary work. If
it is about missionary work then take a CES salary and do what you can to win.
If you want the head coach salary, fine. But then you are being paid to win
games and you better win.
Vai,"It's a shame we don't all possess your positive knowledge
of what is right and what is wrong..."--Inherit the Wind
Travis Wilson, 6'6" 210 lb., Utah recruit in San Clemente, CA is having a
stellar Sr season (8-1) and is committed to enroll at Utah in January 2012 and
be on the field for spring football. He talks to Norm Chow every week and is
absolutely committed to Utah and looking forward to moving here after the first
of the year. He is the big, strong proto-type PAC 12 QB. With Chase Hanson
also coming on board I don't think there is room or a need for Jake Heaps at
Utah. Sorry to disappoint.
As a huge BYU Fan, I am a big believer in Heaps. Unfortunately, I don't think
the coaching staff at BYU has handled him very well.. He is very talented but he
is also young and is used to playing the spread offense. He needed a full-time
QB coach to help him along while trying to install a new offense. Now his
confidence is shaken which is only propounded by the fact that Bronco has a
total Man Crush on Riley Nelson... Not to mention that he has been the scape
goat for poor offensive play calling and a completely inept running game at the
beginning of the year. Bottome line I hope like crazy Heaps can get it back and
doesn't transfer but I won't blame him if he does. Vai is right, it doesn't make
him a quitter any more than Riley Nelson, Fangupo, Uale, Kaveinga or any other
player that transferred TO BYU.
A very fair argument. I find the situation hard to judge since I really don't
have any idea what's happening behind the scenes. Vai said more than once that
to transfer is no easy task and certainly not the path all should take. He also
made a strong point that BYU has prospered from transfers. Good luck to Jake
whatever he chooses to do.
@Victor Actually victor; Riley Nelson got a medical red shirt last
year. Yes, Riley is a Junior but he is a sophomore in eligibility. I checked it
out on the BYU web site because I had my doubts. Sure enough, Riley has two
years after this to play.
Vai, I am a big fan and enjoy your articles. However, I respectfully disagree
with your opinion that Jake should transfer to Utah. If he transfers to another
FBS school he will have to redshirt next year regardless, so why not redshirt
next year as a BYU Cougar? He would then, in all likelihood, be the odds on
favorite to start in 2013 and by staying he would show a great deal of maturity
and loyalty in that he is not just going to jump ship on the program because he
lost his starting job. I believe he should stay the course, work hard, and seek
to prove the naysayers wrong. Ultimately he needs to do what he determines is
best for him and his family, but he absolutely still has the opportunity to be a
very successful QB at BYU.
Man aren't we a bunch of over-reactors. The going is a little tough so let's
jump ship. If everyone in college sports who went through something similar
struggles transferred to another school to solve his problem, we have to update
rosters every week. Let Heaps show some character and backbone. Let him grow
and mature as a person and as a quarterback and no matter what happens, he will
be just fine at BYU. His chance could come at any play with an injury or mayne
his next chance will next fall in camp. Still, It's not like Nelson has this
thing locked up for good. He's looked good at times and at times not so good.
All Heaps has to worry about is Heaps. When he takes care of that, Nelson is in
trouble cause on the potential scale, Nelson can't compete. Time to relax, sit
back, and let's see what this kid is made of.
Jake will eventually do whatever he decides to do, but my problem with you, Vai,
and anyone else who publicly suggests that Jake transfers to [fill in the blank]
is that talk like that borders on tampering. While there are obvious
differences between coaches talking about it, and the media talking about it, it
still is against the spirit of the NCAA rules which requires permissions, and
imposes a pretty stiff penalty for football transfers. Privately, you should
speak your mind. Publicly, you are walking a tightrope on this point. Not to
mention distancing yourself from your alma mater. That may be what this is all
about, anyway, right? Trying to improve your media credentials with supposed
The fundamental question for Heaps (and every other incoming quarterback) is
whether Doman's offensive scheme requires a running quarterback. It very well
may be possible that no drop back passer is going to be highly successful in
Doman's scheme. The other factor not being taken into account is that during
Heaps time as a starter the running game averaged less than 100 yards a game, in
the last 4 it is well over 200 yards a game. Heaps is getting blamed for an
ineffective offense, but I highly doubt you can blame him for the lack of a
running game. BYU looks better offensively now, but that is likely because of
the emergence of a running game, not a different quarterback (although some of
that could be attributable to Riley's ability to run, hence the initial point).
If BYU needs a running quarterback to facilite more running offense, and
therefore more offense, then he needs to transfer to a school that needs a
pocket passing quarterback.
I would like for Heaps to stick around, but I won't be disappointed if Heaps
decides its best for him to transfer somewhere else. It is just football for me
and not a life altering event.However, other posters have made some
good points. Last year Nelson struggled at the first of the year, and Heaps
came in and shined against the weaker opponents. This year Heaps struggled and
Nelson is shining against the weaker opponents. Neither has been
stellar against real competition. The TCU game seriously exposed Nelson in my
opinion, but he will still look like a star the rest of the season against the
remaining weaker opponents. If you were to swap out for Heaps right
now, he would do just as well as Nelson for the rest of the season. However, as
someone else pointed out Bronco has a "man crush" on Nelson, and not
Heaps, and that is the real issue for Heaps.If Heaps sticks around,
I think he can seriously challenge for the starting spot next season, if he can
find a way around the "man crush". Otherwise, I think the
"redshirt" is the best option.
Vai got so much attention from his last post that he is back for more. It is
clear from his post that he also reads the comments. It is also clear from this
post that he is (1) stubborn and (2) not about to admit there was anything wrong
with his last silly - draw attention to himself post.I, for one, am
@Naval Vet"Don't come to Utah Jake. The Pac-12 isn't for
everybody.Yea! just ask the whole Ute football program.
"Travis Wilson, 6'6" 210 lb., Utah recruit in San Clemente, CA is
having a stellar Sr season (8-1) and is committed to enroll at Utah in January
2012 and be on the field for spring football. He talks to Norm Chow every week
and is absolutely committed to Utah and looking forward to moving here after the
first of the year. He is the big, strong proto-type PAC 12 QB. With Chase Hanson
also coming on board I don't think there is room or a need for Jake Heaps at
Utah. Sorry to disappoint."Have you considered that the same
things were said about Heaps? Stellar senior year, totally committed and
excited, etc. What's my point?1) There is no guarantee that Wilson will
be as good as advertised, especially right off the bat.2) Heaps obviously
has potential, and I can almost guarantee that we have not seen the best of Jake
Heaps. He's still got 2 more years to prove how good he can be, and I wouldn't
put it past him to show us what he's got.
I have been saying it a lot longer than Monson or Vai, he needs to transfer (not
to Utah) but a school that coach this kid, and Brandon is not his answer. It's
not to put down Coach Doman but he needs to be coached up as well as get away
from 95% of these BYU fans who don't get it.I really am ready for
this season to end. And I know I will hear it from some on how I am not a fan or
a hater. But get real, I am tired of this below average season against below
average teams.(yes! Playing with a below average QB)
As a writer i know it's fun to sit around and speculate about other peoples
lives and decisions, I was at BYU when you were. Nobody gave Steve Young a
chance at starting behind Jim Mcmahon, Gym Kimball, Eric Krysmarcyk etc. Yet he
persevered. The rest is history. Loyalty to BYU is not based on self interest.
Some of us love the Y in all aspects, not just a place for Johnny Lingo to spend
his cows. Jake will prove he is a team player,work out hone his skills and fight
for his job. Jake is a winner and will prove to be one of the greatest of all
time! Jake is only a sophomore, what if THE JIMMER transferred after his
sophomore year. I think it's funny that you claim to be a cougar yet your tone
is other than True Blue.
Re: The Rock,Riley is a Junior this year in eligibility. If not for
the medical redshirt last year, he'd be a Senior this year. I'm not sure how you
read he's a sophomore in eligibility on BYU's website because I just checked it
"I stand by my column and my opinion." As you should, Vai. The other
readers/comments aren't catching what you're saying. There is NO WAY that Heaps
stays at BYU unless he's "the guy." He's not going to sit or take a
redshirt year, which hardly ever happens for a QB into their college career, to
wait for Nelson to graduate. This is now Nelson's car to drive. It's so
blatently obvious that the Cougs coaching staff (Bronco and Doman) has lost
confidence in Heaps. They'll never say that publicly, but actions speak louder
than words. I consider myself a big Cougs fan, but I think other fans have to
Jake needs to stay. He's the future. He'll do some great things at ABA his
junior and senior year, after redshirting. There is no way anyone else can
challenge him when he is a redshirt junior. Who else is there? Mangum? He'll
be on his mission and young as well. Lark? No.Heaps is the future. Just
got to give him some time.
I agree that Heaps should transfer to another team. The volleyball team sounds
best because then we wouldn't have to deal with his aversion to opposing players
Not to make this an argument but Rock, Riley is a Junior. Let tell you how.
Playeed Freshman year played at Utah State. went on two year mission. Sophmore
year was Max Hall's backup, scored in Oklahoma game. Last season was his Junior
year got hurt gave medical redshirt. This season Junior year so next season
would be his Senior season. So he only has one year left after this season. not
Leave the kid alone. cease with the cutting inscriptions. He is just a boy. He's
younger than my youngest child. this is but a bunch of college age kids playing
a game. Jake has already went through a lot of stressful instances to this
point, he's a kid just a boy, leave him be. Sometime we tend to forget these
things and become too wrapped up, fanatical about the school BYU (or any other)
and its students. They are just kids. They will grow up and experience real
stress soon enough, but for now, leave them alone and let them "play."
Transferring to Utah won't make Jake suddenly older, more mature, more
experienced or more able to deal with the stress of the job. If he transferred
he would have to wait another year to play. If he redshirts at BYU next year,
he can start his junior and senior years. The kid has wanted to
play at BYU his whole life. There's absolutely NO reason for him to tranfer to
Utah or anywhere else. He just needs to be patient, gain some confidence and
wait a while.
The smartest thing Heaps can do is transfer. The Y's coaching and offense does
not fit Heap's in the pocket style. He needs to go to a west coast style
Riverton Cougar,The difference is Travis Wilson will be coached by
Norm Chow, Jake Heaps wasn't.
Don't pin Jake's deficiencies this year totally on Jake. This year's team
DEMANDS a scrambling, run for your life quarterback like Nelson. In my opinion,
BYU football as a whole this year is undisciplined. The O line is a sieve. The
OC is a pup that does not know his way around yet. The head coach is a deer
looking into headlights and hasn't learned how to properly discipline players
for lack of excellence. Jake will thrive when he is surrounded by
truly talented players that know how to execute (sorry for the Broncoism) and
talented coaches that know how to keep a future great stay in the pocket
quarterback from getter his head knocked off. Give Heaps more than one second to
dump a pass or go into the fetal position and you will see the talent that was
promised two years ago. He shouldn't have to get beat up to prove he's a man or
that he belongs in the starting rotation.Vai, I love you man, but
you are dead wrong on this one. This entire team and coaching staff needs to
apologize to Heaps for being responsible for his seat on the bench.
This year:Hays (Utah): 53 of 92 for 628 yards (5.7 yds/attempt) and
3 TDs, with 7 ints in 5 games for a QB rating of 110.5Heaps (BYU): 108 of
196 for 1029 yards (5.3 yds/attempt) and 3 TDs, with 6 ints in 6 games for a QB
rating of 98.1So, the argument basically is that because Hays
(thrust upon less prepared than he should have been) is bad, Heaps would have to
be an improvement for Utah. But, given what they both have done this year, Hays
would probably beat Heaps anyway, just as he continues to lead other QBs on the
current depth chart.I said this last week. Heaps should go on a
mission and reset and figure out what his options are after that. But, as Riley
is eligibility wise a junior (as the BYU page says), Heaps could redshirt next
year and could compete again to start as a junior with eligibility and remain an
insurance policy while gaining maturity.I also agree with statements
that too much hype was placed on Heaps and that created impossible expectations.
I think Vai hit it right on the head. Nice job bro, Cheehoo!
@amicus: I agree with you. If Doman went through turmoil over where to
position himself during a game, think what other turmoil he's dealing with.
He's admitted the pressure of OC is much greater than he expected. He was as
brash as Heaps going into this year and fueled a lot of Heaps attitude. If
Heaps sits a year Doman will have another year of experience, too, helping both
of them. BYU could use a dedicated QB coach. Detmer would be great, but Doman
would be too threatened. @The Rock: Push that big button on the
roster Web site that says "Sophomore" and you'll see that it isn't
saying Nelson is a sophomore in eligibility, it's a summary of his sophomore
(2009) season performance. His freshman year was at USU, 2009 was his sophomore
year, 2010 was his redshirt year, and 2011 is his junior year, as listed in the
I have not read all the comments, if this has been said before Im sorry. This is
for Vai.Here's the deal, I am shocked you havent taken this into
account. So, hypothetically Jake transfers to Utah. He sits next year. While he
sits Jordan Wynn and Travis Wilson battle for the starting spot. I would put
money on Travis Wilson to be the starter next year, but you never know. Even if
Travis only gets a little game time experience here and there, it puts him in
great shape going into the 2013 season, Jakes first season back and eligible.
What happens then if Jake takes a back seat to Travis Wilson at that
point, Vai? Transfer to USU? C'mon.There are no guarantees anywhere,
and Jake would do himself proud to stick it out in a BYU uniform and work his
behind off to be the QB HE thought he was going be coming out of HS. Your examples of others transfering to BYU have little relevance because those
players are as good or better than any player at their position at BYU. They
knew they would get playing time. Jake doesnt have that luxury.
I think a great deal of my anxiety and frustration over Jake's situation is a
worry not that Jake has "given up," but that maybe BYU had given up on
him. I can't help but remember last season, the fan reaction to Riley's
inability to move the ball consistently, and how when he was injured Jake took
over and did really well. Jake was definitely #1 with fans and media supporters
from then on, right up until about this season's second game. Then suddenly
"Jake has to go!" became the common mindset... It's not just that our
fans seem to be so fickle, but as a behavioral health professional, I have to
wonder about what's changed with Jake's emotional status and his own
"grit" that everyone keeps applauding Riley for. I've had the
pleasure of living in Washington the last few years and am familiar enough with
Jake's background to know he's not one to "take a dive" when the going
gets tough...at least that's not in his personality, historically. What's being
done by BYU to address those intangible issues? What has beaten down his
confidence and his emotional equilibrium and native toughness? Just some
thoughts for consideration.
Hey Brave Sir Robin:remember the other day when you posted something
to the effect of: "daily dnews article of BYU going to an AQ conference:
check."?Well now we can add the Jake Heaps transfer rumor
article to the checklist.
Re: kburr "Leave the kid alone. cease with the cutting inscriptions. He is
just a boy. He's younger than my youngest child. this is but a bunch of college
age kids playing a game. Jake has already went through a lot of stressful
instances to this point, he's a kid just a boy, leave him be. Sometime we tend
to forget these things and become too wrapped up, fanatical about the school BYU
(or any other) and its students. They are just kids. They will grow up and
experience real stress soon enough, but for now, leave them alone and let them
"play." You're kidding, right? Dude's married; Dude is not
a kid. Give me a break. Plus I highly doubt any of the players pay much
attention at all to these articles in the first place. And they're certainly not
going to read viewer comments. The viewer comments are for us, as fans, to
communicate our passion/views about sports. Oh, and excuse me in advance for
questioning any of these other 22-25 year old kids.With that being
said, I do agree with comment to let them "play." Let's play well,
indeed. Go, Cougs!!
Is Jake really good at golf? I wonder because with his arm strength, he could
probably hit the ball pretty far. That's no guarantee that you'll get into the
money rounds, but it certainly can't hurt.If I played golf a lot, I'd
probably buy some of those nice leather hats that go over each club. Kind of
like those old-school football helmets.
@BYU JOEI beg you, leave the humor to the professionals.
@texlds, awesome comment. BYU doesn't have a QB problem, they have denial
problem. They are in denial about the abilities of their head coach and OC.@Packrat, Not only does Bronco have a man-crush, he wants his QB to
"Be aggressive" like a defensive player. Note to Bronco: Turnovers
are a BAD think inside the blue zone when YOUR QB makes them.@aunt
lucy, Vai's dad taught "be tough," and Vai talks tough, be he doesn't
preach touch, just brags about it. Constantly.@ C. Mayberry, You
are expecting a level of analysis we aren't seeing from this coaching staff.
Bronco thinks it is all about "attitude," and "heart."
Makes me want to gag. It is about scheme, execution, Vai's-dad kind of tough,
and game day adjustments. We haven't seen those this year.@ Fred
Vader: "If you were to swap out for Heaps right now, he would do just as
well as Nelson for the rest of the season. However, as someone else pointed out
Bronco has a "man crush" on Nelson, and not Heaps, and that is the
real issue for Heaps." Ditto.
@ everyone. Heaps is the scapegoat for Doman and Bronco. Nelsen is the
man-crush. @ Cats Wise Counsel@ Jonathan Eddy
"Vai, I love you man, but you are dead wrong on this one. This entire team
and coaching staff needs to apologize to Heaps for being responsible for his
seat on the bench" True dat. He has been the lighting rod for
the shocks others deserve. On the other hand, he did A)
disappear on an INT at Ole Miss, B) look ridiculous on the botched snap in
the 1st quarter against Utah. Still, this is for sure a year that
"he who is without sin" should cast the first stone, and he's no more
liable this year than a couple dozen other players. Leaders on the team and
coaching staff should encourage him. If there are any.
my opposition to vai's article was the implied notion that young people should
only come to byu to find a spouse, and then transfer, especially athletes.
i'm glad my children didn't grow up in vai's stake or ward if thats the counsel
he'd give. byu is so much more than utah or any other college campus will ever
be.........in every aspect of college and life.
I am ashamed to call myself a BYU fan. Everyone loved Heaps last year,
especially at the end of the year. Everyone called him the next great
quarterback during the off season and had high hopes for him. Then, after only
4.5 games (against the toughest part of their schedule this year) he struggled
and everyone turned against him. And what's worse is everyone shuns him for a
horrible quarterback in Riley because he has more success than Heaps did
(against horrible teams). How did Riley look against TCU? Three interceptions,
two of which were in the red zone! Why didn't anyone pull Riley then and put in
Lark? I sick of the Nelson love fest! Its rediculous. If Heaps transferred to
Utah, I and many other fans would transfer with him. I hate the direction BYU is
going. Nelson is not good for BYU and Bronco can't figure out how to be a head
coach. I hope Heaps does leave. He doesn't deserve the way BYU has treated him.
And I hope all the players that Heaps helped recruit to BYU leave with him.
@RationalYour making way too much sense now cut it out.
Jonathan Eddy,Great point. It is silly to look at the way BYU's
offense performed early this year as the only measuring stick for how Heaps can
compete. Look at what he did as a FRESHMAN when the coaching staff supported
him. I don't think he will transfer, but I would not blame him if he considered
it. Munns and Lark are not bad either and still deserve a fair chance too. But
again, there are more problems than who the QB might be at the time. Just treat
each QB by the same standard regardless of the man-crush.
What happens when you have an GREAT defensive coach trying to be a Head Coach
and mentor the Offensive Coordinator at the same time? The QB that resembles
the qualities of a Linebacker gets preference. Didn't Bronco play LB?
Interesting. Maybe Heaps should transfer or Bronco needs to stick to the
Vai, just leave the kid alone. The articles almost amount to directing the kid
or incfluencing a decision. The kid is 19--let him be, most kids have tough
decisions and don't need others to comment. Let it be..
Jake, go to Utah but learn to take a hit first.
seems like Vai is friends with everyone or family with everyone.. the name
dropping left and right is annoying.
Mike Johnson | 3:55 p.m. Nov. 4, 2011 Stafford, VA "I said this
last week. Heaps should go on a mission and reset and figure out what his
options are after that"Uhmmm, if you really followed BYU
football and was not just a fair weathered fan, you would already know that
Heaps got married this year therefore, a mission is not even an option.
I don't like the Utes, but I agree with Vai that Heaps will never land on his
feet in the BYU depth chart. I'm not sure he should be ahead of James Lark right
now. At this point, he needs to make a decision for himself and if it's Utah, go
for it. At least Jake's family, who moved to Utah, will still be close and he
will have a reasonably good OC in Norm Chow. I also think Kyle will toughen him
up, though that is the aspect of his current game that I predict will always be
@ Naval Vet: Jake wouldn't dare join a Pac-12 bottom feeder. Enjoy the Maaco
Bowl...or the toilet bowl if you're lucky.
I have lost all respect for Via.
Packrat said: "Not to mention that he has been the scape goat for poor
offensive play calling and a completely inept running game at the beginning of
the year."Actually, Heaps bears some blame - he doesn't know
how to run an effective play-action fake. Riley does, and the running game is
doing much better as a result. That's just one portion of it - Heaps doesn't
like to line up under center, so the defense just tees off and rushes 7, because
they know he's throwing from the shotgun.
Your long winded comments have filled two different columns in this newspaper.
Now it's time to be quiet on this subject and start talking about something
else. You've states your opinion. Not all of us agree. I would love to see that
strong arm of Jake Heaps throwing completed passes again for BYU.Go
First of all I think you misread the situation at BYU. Riley's senior year would
be Jake's redshirt year, so that little "problem" clears itself by
attrition. There is no "we hate Jake" movement that will keep him from
ever being the team leader. He needs to perform his way into it, like anybody
else. He did not lose his place as a starter because the team didn't like him.
He was replaced because he wasn't doing the job, plain and simple. It's his to
win back, and if he pushes himself and does so, I'm betting that he will
discover team, coaching and fan support like he has never even dreamed of. Jake
has a lot to offer if he'll make it happen, and everyone loves a comeback kid.
Part 2I find your evaluation of BYU as a clearinghouse for a spouse
to be a huge insult to the institution. It is undeniably a wonderful place for a
college age and marriageable person to associate and socialize with peers of
similar moral values and spiritual aspirations, but it is far more than that.
BYU is a world class university, as well as being run by the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints. That makes it a much better place to transfer to
from ANYWHERE for any earnest young person, athlete or not. A transfer too BYU
from elsewhere is a far higher likelihood of an improvement for the transferee
than not. Vai, BYU offers Jake and everyone else far more of the lessons that
matter most in life than he (they) can get anywhere else. I'm sorry you missed
that when you were there.
Play action never works when you have no running game.I kind of like the
evolution of thought on Jake Heaps. Real football minds understand that Riley
Nelson is not the answer, the offensive line is very weak, and BYU will never
succeed to past glories unless they become a pass first team. I agree
with numerous posts that the coaching staff and players owe Jake a huge apology
making him the scapegoat for their deficiencies. Normally I like Vai but my
main fault with him is lack of preparation. There are few if any real football
minds outside of Utah who would put the Lone Peak kid within 50 quarterbacks on
a rating scale of either Tanner Mangun-Elite 11 MVP or Tysom Hill who is an
Oliver Luck clone only faster. Duh- ever wonder why he is going to Utah Vai???
"That's jumping the shark, don'tcha think?"===Yet,
you enjoyed jumping shark so much last week there Brother "Fonz", you
came back for a second round?And, what is sad, you wrote nothing
more in your second blog than drop a few more names of people who are like
family to you, and compared apples to oranges.Sure, players transfer
all the time, but they don't need unsolicited opinions from former athletes who
profess themselves above all of the politics."Make no mistake,
I'm a BYU guy." "BYU often calls on me for various things." Do you really buy any of your own comments? Is your ego really that
big?If Jake decided to go to Utah, USU, or the University of San
Diego, many BYU fans would feel the pain, but would wish him well.However, you are asking everyone who reads the Deseret News to suspend their
critical thinking skills to buy into your unbiased rhetoric, that Utah is the
place to be.Neither BYU, or Utah fans are buying what you are
selling, because you have fallen prey to pride, believing that everything you
say should and will become Biblical canon.Lose the BYU hat. It's too
BYU will not likely lose Tanner Mangum who is like Jake Heaps a died in the wool
BYU fan with family that played there. My worry is that Tysom Hill may
reconsider and go back to Stanford after his mission seeing the sorry state of
the BYU offense under Coach Mendenhal who seems to love slow down ball control
so his defense doesn't have to take the field and get scored on so much. I
guess I am also pretty upset with the coaching staff for last year's Utah game
when a young Jake Heaps had a flawless game only being allowed to pass on 3rd
and long and being nearly perfect against a good defense. That game cemented my
reservations about Coach Mendenhal's ability to ever develop a passing game.
Hey maybe he is the kind that just wants his defense to beat his
offense in practice or something. He is obviously an excellent defensive coach
but deserves a failing grade for the development of his offensive line and
Really Vai? You should probably keep your nose out of it. It's pretty hard to
know what's going on here when you are 2500 miles away. You are in Philly and
that's way to far from the BYU program for you to access any thing the team
does. Concentrate on Philly sports and keep out of the Y's business. Just
because you attended BYU doesn't mean you have a say in wehat goes on there. Do
you even know Jake Heaps? Let him and his parents make the decision on what is
best for him. Between you and Gordon Monson, I don't know who is the bigger
Jughead. Gordon never took a snap in his life and Vai is thousands of miles
away trying to tell Jake what is best for him. WHAT A JOKE!
Some thoughts:1. Disagree with Vai all you want. But there is no
question that his articles provoke a lot of discussion and passion. Isn't that
what being a sport's fan is all about?2. I agree that transferring
is every player's right and there is nothing wrong with it at all. Regular
college students transfer all the time.3. I strongly believe that
Heaps would be far better served to stay, redshirt, continue to improve, and he
very well may have a fantastic junior and senior season. Despite his current
limitations, he still possesses the best pure passing arm of any QB to step foot
in Provo.4. The "man-crush" comments are humorous (and not
far off). Mendenhall seems to be a great combination of mission president and
defensive coordinator. But I'm not sure he has big-time head coaching
abilities.5. Ben Olson comparisons are inevitable. But don't forget
his failings were purely due to multiple injuries. He actually won the starting
QB position at a PAC 10 school 3 seasons in a row. Ironically, both Olson and
Heaps look like NFL QBs when throwing in shorts and tee-shirts. Heaps still can
It would have to be somewhere other than Utah. Why would Utah want him?
Moreover, they have someone coming in next year. Heaps may need to step down a
notch in order to play (a WAC or Mountain West team). I doubt a PAC 12 team
would be interested. Vai is right, he needs to act quickly in order to play some
football. Transferring would be the smart thing for him to do. If he doesn't
play, he doesn't develop. There is still a chance for him to be a good
@runnerCoaching change ? Lets see, did the coaching change only
happen to Jake ? I think the whole team had a coaching change including Nelson,
Lark and Munns, I fail to see how the coaching change only affected Heaps
negatively. The real issue is when you blow your own horn in the
face of your team mates they will disrespect you. That is why Heaps should
@VictorNo, Bronco played safety in college, not LB.@Yourstruly"My worry is that Tysom Hill may reconsider and go back
to Stanford after his mission seeing the sorry state of the BYU offense under
Coach Mendenhall"I think Taysom is more likely to look at the
situation at BYU as being ripe for the picking if the right guy comes along and
I'm sure he thinks he's the right guy.@Ernest T. Bass"Jake, go to Utah but learn to take a hit first."Yes,
with the utes terrible offensive line you won't last long if you can't take a
few hits. You can challenge Jon Hays to see who can throw the worst
It's easy to say he should transfer but I've found in life (most cases) that the
grass really isn't greener on the other side. I think most QB's who transfer
have found out the same thing.I hardly think Vai's example of Todd
Mortenson is a great example of transfer success. If all you want to do is play
football then it's okay to drop down a level or two but for competitive guys
they typically want to prove themselves at the highest level, not against
inferior competition.For Max Hall, transferring worked out great but
he was tremendously lucky. You don't always have the fortuitous timing that Hall
had. For every Max Hall there's a Mike Affleck, Danny Southwick, Cade Cooper,
Jake Bower, Ben Olsen, Ryan Perrilloux, Mitch Mustain, Rhett Bomar, etc etc
etc.I think you're always going to be better off staying put and
knuckling down and working harder. Some guys shy away from hard work and don't
have the grit, drive or determination to compete. Maybe it's because they got
used to having things handed to them. Jake has a chance to show what he's made
I guess it depends on whether Heaps wants to be serious about football or be a
cog in some missionary program masquerading as football.
Once Vai said he wad friends with Gordon Monson, I lost a lot if respect for
him. Comparing Jake to the USC transfers is ridiculous. Jake will have to
redshirt next year if he transfers or stays at BYU. Makes no sense to leave and
learn a new offense. The only reason he would leave is if he thinks he couldn't
beat out Lloyd or Mangum at QB. Once again all this pointless transfer talk does
is stirs the pot, and forces Jake out of BYU. How would you like it if someone
started rumors about you leaving your job, to work elsewhere. All of a sudden
you labeled as not happy and dissatisfied, even though it might not be true.
Big Cougar: Byu's line isn't any better than Utah's. They are both bad.
Jake is a fake a phony who thought he could come to BYU and alienate himself
from the rest of the team simply because he was this awesome high school QB and
that his mighty shadow of fame would be enough for his team mates. It is sad that Heaps naively approached this huge stage with some very bad
advice that subsequently exposed his lack of true leadership skills. I feel
sorry for Heaps.
Jake is going to still be a grreat QB, even if BYU has done everything they
could to screw him up!
Smurf Ute; Jake Heaps played the hard part of the schedule, Nelson took over
just in time for the patsies. Can't wait to see if Utes will win even 1 game in
the Pac 12, i'm betting no.
I think Jake needs to stay put. Going to Utah is not the answer. He needs fire
in and emotion in his game. He displayed that during his freshman year. He was
excited to be playing and it showed in his performance. The games he started
this season he looked lost and emotionless on the field. What Jake needs is a
quarterbacks coach who is there for him (where is Ty Detmer when you need him?)
Brandon Doman is new to the OC job and should not have been allowed to split his
focus. I think Jake was also the victim of his own hype. He is still young and
learning the speed of the game. If he can check his ego and maybe redshirt next
year, assuming Nelson stays healthy, then he will have an amazing two years as
the undisputed leader of the team. Hang in there Jake. You have plenty of fans
and a great future!
To my friend Escondido, CA -- No, Im not kidding. When I played at BYU (practice
squad) back in the 70s I too was caught up in the hype of football. The pressure
on student athletes then was far less than it is today. But I think back on that
experience and it almost make me chuckle, realizing today that there are far,
far more important aspects of life than football, an NFL contract and $$$. No my
friend, I am not kidding. Jake is a kid, I have three sons who are all married,
two are over 30 and yes they are still kids, learning and grappling with
starting a family, getting an education and serving others and their God.
Perhaps my 82 year old father sees me as a kid. I think to him I am and should
be. I dont have near the life experiences that he does. I surmise my friend that
you are also a kid. So, lets all leave the Jake Heaps, only a kid, alone.
@VeritasI don't always agree with you, but your analyses and arguments are
very sound and your wit very sharp. You make me laugh. I really enjoy reading
your posts, man. I would hate to debate you.Although I think you
have Vai pretty well pegged, I mostly agree with him on this issue. I bought the
Heaps hype initially just like everyone else, but based on all the evidence,
good and bad, I just don't think Heaps is or ever will be the great QB he was
hype up to be. OK, he's got great mechanics and a strong arm. But being a D-1 QB
is so much more than that.Nelson is a tough playmaker who makes bad
decisions sometimes. Time and experience will help that a lot. What is broken
with Heaps, time and experience can't heal, in my opinion. Chow might make him a
better QB, but they have some quality players in the pipeline in that position.
They could probably use him right now but not 2 yrs from now.Having
said this, an article like this from Vai is not productive and can be damaging
to both Jake and BYU.
As a Utah fan, I agree with idablu. This year would have been great to have Jake
come in when Jordan got hurt. But I think everyone is writing Jordan off
prematurely. He will have two years of eligibility remaining. Anyone who is
close to Utah football at all knows that Jordan is the undisputed leader of the
offensive team there. That's why he was chosen as captain this year as a Junior
over several other seniors on the team. His 40 time is not desirable, he doesn't
pack 240 lbs of muscle on his frame, and he can't bomb the ball 60 yards
downfield, but he is smart, he is accurate and he will give the team the best
chance at winning for the next two years. I just don't see Jake thinking Utah is
his best chance to play by the team his redshirt transfer year would be up in
2013. His only hope would be for Jordan to get injured again and that's only if
he beats out Wilson, Hays, Robles and whoever else they might have picked up
All I know that every game Heaps played in this year was pure torture to watch.
Ever since Riley Nelson came into the USU game, they have been FUN to watch. I
vote for fun over torture.
Vai--your mission should be to lend support to your alma mater. You owe that to
the school and church that made you famous. Suggesting that Jake should transfer
to a school that represents so little of what you have pledged to honor is not
being a very good missionary. Please don't plant propaganda like this is
"our" newspaper.PS--I don't believe any of this. I'm just
subtexting my neighbors thought process. Good article, Vai! Keep 'em coming.
One of Vai's Cousins | 12:38 a.m. Nairobi, Kenya "Disagree with Vai all you want. But there is no question that his
articles provoke a lot of discussion and passion."===One of Vai's cousins? Serious?That would make you one of the elite
one-million people that have eaten dinner with Vai.Hey, I loved Vai
as a player. I watched his sports program for a week this past summer in Philly,
and I think Vai is a truly amazing person.However, if the purpose is
to provoke passion and discussion, we could talk death penalty, abortion, the
War in Iraq, or even if Mormonism is a cult.Vai was wrong to go
where he went, and he should have either let it go, or aknowledged it, instead
of arrogantly defending his position.It is expected from Gordon
Monson, but not Vai. He is the epitome of "never quit, never give up, never
surrender".I will always love the guy. My dad was Mission
President in SDRC befor Vai, and I have this "distributive respect"
for the guy.But come on Vai, throw those of us that love you a
bone.Please, come clean on the issue.
VaiIn the imortal words of Esra's Grandson Steve "I don't aim
to please, I just aim"
What a waste of time on Vai part to even comment on a subject that he is not
even in control. I think it is totally in Heaps control on what he will do. I
hope he red shirts and is able to contribute to BYU's program in his Junior and
Senior year. He will be that much more mature.
Seriously? Nelson dominates weak competition and got smacked by TCU. Give Jake a
real QB coach and he will do just fine. Doman was never a pocket passer, how can
one expect him to teach the game of staying in the pocket. Bring in Detmer and
watch Heaps tear it up.One last thing, Drew Miller could have been a
great QB for BYU, but for some reason someone on the coaching staff was in love
Vai is in a pickle here. If Jake were his son he would recommend keeping his
options open to transfer. Okay, but what it really means is Vai has no
confidence in Jake's future under the current HC and OC. If I'm Jake, I demand
my agent/father open discussions with Salt Lake to have an inspired calling
extended to Young and Detmer. The OC desperately needs to attend the
"School of the Passers." Without the intense instruction, the program
is doomed to years of mediocre QB play. These are years Jake, or any other QB,
need not struggle through, since all we're really seeing is a mirror offense of
the OC's playing days...which requires a tough running QB. Thanks Vai for an
op/ed that helps us realize there isn't anything more important than politics
(Gordon?), marriage and starting.
This topic opened the pandoras box. Heaps at QB produces a a whole Heap of
The problem isn't with Jake possibly redshirting. The problem is having a QB
like Riley Nelson starting for a major college team. Riley Nelson is Tim Tebow
with half the arm strength.
I doubt the Utes would be interested in Heaps. Hays is looking better every
What has this coaching staff done to Heaps? The present QB starter is not a
quarterback. He cannot throw downfield, he panics, he averages about 3
turnovers/potential turnovers a game. I'm glad Riley is a good guy, but I think
the fans deserve a winner. Riley has never been a winner in college. Heaps is
our best hope to win.
Vai, I think your suggestion is classless.
@ Ole ElpasoYes Riley could not fight his way out of a wet paper
bag. SJST Game hum boring Heaps could have won this game.The beavers come on, cake walk for Heaps, he can scramble and create plays,
and is a scoring machine inside the red zone, or as he call's it the blue zone
because he is a true blue cougar.ISU now this was a corn fed cake
walk for the offensive wizard Heaps.TCU no problem Heaps was ready
to squash these toads last year.So coach's where is the demi- god of
the offensive college world Heaps.On the bench where he belongs.
Heaps is young: there is plenty of time for him to develop and pick up where
Nelson leaves off; AND there are other key players that came to BYU with Heaps
because he encouraged them to do so. I think you are wrong on this one, Vai (It
doesn't happen often).
If Jake Heaps is as good as almost everyone said he was and Jake obviously
thought he was, then he should stay at BYU and redshirt next year. Then he
could have two years as a starter and would have the opportunity to prove just
how good he really is. Somehow he will have to figure out how to inspire his
fellow players so they will believe in him.
I don't really care one way or another if Prince Jake stays or goes. BYU is
bigger than him. But if he decides to cut and run, the chances of it working
out well for him drop dramatically. If he stays, red-shirts, works his backside
off next year, and is the QB we all expected he could be in 2012, he has a
credible chance to be right up there with Jim, Steve, and Ty. But the only way
that happens is to stick it out jettison the 'tude and figure it out. The only way out is through.