Congrats to Jake! Best of luck in the rest of the season.
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.
Well, good for him. Hope he does well. Now, is this the last of the Heaps
stories we'll see in the DesNews?
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.Sincerely,Fellow BCS member University of Utah Utes
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.
@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.
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.
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
Rockwell,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 59Virginia 10LOL
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
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,Just remember, we own you on the field!LOLBest of luck Jake the rest of the season on a BCS team, with BCS
athletes, with BCS bowl potential!
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.
ChrisOregon State 69uta 2Get used to it little
sister. Game on!
Chris,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
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?
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.
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.
@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.