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Dick Harmon: Remembering actual Jake Heaps highlights isn't tough at all

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  • Clark W. Griswold Sandy, Utah
    June 16, 2014 8:47 p.m.

    "Remembering actual Jake Heaps highlights isn't tough at all"

    How can we not forget the 54-10 beat down in Provo in 2011? I remember BYU's first possession when Jake Hypes did a circus barrel roll in the end zone to try and recover a bad snap. That was a classic!

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    June 16, 2014 8:53 p.m.

    Amen!

  • BYU DUDE Provo, UT
    June 16, 2014 9:07 p.m.

    The situation was complicated and Jake Heaps was put in the middle of it. Starting with rotating QBs in practice his freshman year.

    1. Robert Anae left.
    2. Brandon Doman was a rookie that had no idea what he was doing.
    3. The offensive line sucked.
    4. Receivers were dropping balls.
    5. Jake Heaps was a Sophmore and yes he made his fair share of mistakes.

    Joe Montana in his Prime could not have helped Kansas.

    Jake is gone his wife Brooke still wears BYU gear to this day , Jakes dad Steve still attends BYU Football games. Steve Heaps is a very good Man that has been through some difficult times.

    . Jake is in Miami and I for one wish him all the best , I wouldn't count Jake out just yet this could be Jakes time to rise above it all.

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  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    June 16, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    Riley,

    Hilarious!

    A true QB coach would have been able to coach and mentor Heaps into a top notch QB. I put Heaps' problems right at the feet of the coaching staff.

    Good luck in Miami, Heaps!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 16, 2014 10:06 p.m.

    Heaps only real "Y highlight" was a press conference at Iggy's Sports Bar before even taking a snap of his Senior year of high school, where he talked about Heismans and national championships. After that, it'd been all downhill.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    June 16, 2014 11:45 p.m.

    Best of luck to Heaps. He get's way too much credit for the teams failures his sophomore year. It will be interesting to see how he does with a real line and some elite level talent around him.

  • Sore loser tampa, fl
    June 17, 2014 12:24 a.m.

    Good luck to Mr. Heaps, this article was a class write up all the way, very gracious indeed.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    June 17, 2014 6:55 a.m.

    I agree with BYU Dude. If Robert Anae had remained at BYU I think this entire scenario would have been different.

    Many of the comments here are classless. People have feelings and constant reminders of a really bad game show just how classless a person can get.

  • chopperdan Clovis, NM
    June 17, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    Classy article. It is easy to tear someone down. After the NM Bowl game he posed for pictures with my kids. He is a great guy and your article brought that out. I hope for the best for Heaps and his wife. Never quit!

  • Hawk Littleton, CO
    June 17, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    Thanks, Dick, for a reminder of why cougar fans were so excited to land the #1 high school prospect in the country. I, for one, was very optimistic for Jake's sophomore campaign, following the bowl game at the end of his freshman year. Still can't figure out what happened down there his sophomore year, but it didn't turn out well for anyone but Riley. Easy to criticize and lay the blame on Jake (as evidenced by some of these reader comments -- and it's amazing how that press conference STILL gets such a rise out of ute fans), but I also wish the kid the best and hope he reaches the potential brilliance of which we saw many flashes during his HS career and freshman year at BYU.

  • oddman ,
    June 17, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    It shows class above and beyond what is expected to keep thoughts and comments from being public when you feel such utter despair and disappointment. Here's another BYU fan hoping you rise like cream to the top and even contend contend for the Heisman while at Florida. Thanks for the memories, and I mean it. Persistence and commitment prevail over any other attributes and you have both , what a rare combination.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    June 17, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    Hopefully Heaps can find happiness and success at Miami. He should have gone to Washington.

  • Jimmy James Salt Lake City, Ut
    June 17, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    I agree that Heaps should be credited for being classy in his transition away from BYU and now Kansas. I hope he succeeds at Miama, but am not sure that will happen at this point because he honestly doesn't strike me as being all that athletic. But, it does go to show though how much success is dependant on the "supporting cast" as much as it is on the individual. I'm reminded of the endless Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith comparisons. One went to a dream situation for QB development, the other went to the worst QB development situation possible, and their ultimate outcome was definitely affected by it.

  • Bdamajd Centerville, UT
    June 17, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    Jake Heaps will be a gentleman long after he is finished playing football. Best Wishes to Jake and his family. I hope he gets to start in Miami!

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    June 17, 2014 12:15 p.m.

    Thanks for the classy article. Good luck to Jake. Would love to see him succeed.

    Often the best people do not work in certain situations. Look at Steve Young. Tampa Bay and LA Express were disasters yet I think we all agree that he was one of the greatest to play the game. Glad he did not quit.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 17, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    As a Utah fan, I have to say that I really enjoyed Heaps.

    Thanks for the free turnovers!

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 17, 2014 12:27 p.m.

    Jake seems to have taken it on the chin from more than just the Florida Seminoles. Maybe expectations were unreasonably high or maybe he just didn't fit into the culture, but things went terribly wrong for him at BYU. Kansas seems to have been better, but even at that, his coach couldn't resist taking a swipe at him as he was going out the door.

    Through it all though, Jake has stood in the pocket and taken hit after hit. It seems like Jake's big crime has more to do with the opportunities he had growing up than his performance on the field. College sports seems to breed that kind of jealousy.

    I hope Miami proves to be an good opportunity for him to really shine. Others would have folded their tent long ago. Jake just gets up and takes the next snap.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    June 17, 2014 1:04 p.m.

    Good luck, Jake!

    You deserve better. Stick with it and who knows?, maybe you can get to the NFL yet!

    I like what Winston Churchill said: "Never give up. Never, NEVER give up!"

  • skitter Orem, UT
    June 17, 2014 1:06 p.m.

    How quick we are to blame the coaches for Heaps failure. Here are some facts, Bronco has basically had 4 starting quarterbacks start multiple games and move on. Beck, Hall, Heaps, Nelson. 2 of them started in the NFL. Say what you want about their pro careers, but they made it. And remember it was Doman who was the quarterback's coach at the time. Also Charlie Weiss coached Brady Quinn. Remember him? Heisman finalist, first round draft pick. Coaching was not the issue here. People familiar with the program said Heaps would only show to half of the voluntary workouts and practices in the summer. He did not have the work ethic to succeed. The quarterback should be the first one there and the last to leave. He should be leading the practice not ditching out. There was a reason, nobody on the team has come to Heap's defense on being benched.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    June 17, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    Bronco's weaknesses as a head coach showed. He didn't hire an experienced OC after Anae left. He left it to a rookie to make it work. He knows nothing about offense. He valued Riley's toughness which came back to bite him the next year in several games because Riley wasn't the best QB at the Y, Lark was better. At least now Anae is better and Hill seems to be getting better with time.

    What should have happened is they should have red-shirted Heaps his Freshman year. It would have worked out a whole lot better for him and the Y. I however thought that Heaps believed his press clippings. His Dad certainly did.

  • midwestfan Spanish Fork, UT
    June 17, 2014 1:16 p.m.

    Class act Harmon, I join the chorus in wishing him the best in Miami, but more so in life after Miami. I'm not saying he is a Lincoln, but he is like Lincoln, in being a gentleman always, and in getting up after being beat down. Eventually he'll stay standing.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    June 17, 2014 1:22 p.m.

    Once again we get to see how some classless Ute fans (4 of the first 5 comments, no less) jump on a BYU article that has nothing to do with Utah with weak attempts at belittlement.
    Perhaps they are upset of the reminder that it took a lot of luck to prevail in one of their recent wins over BYU (that they often brag about)... even though they were outplayed.

    Whatever the case, it's still humorous to see Ute fans continuing to pay their homage to all things BYU. There are some things that never change. It's just another feather in the cap of BYU to the in-state prominence of their sports programs.

  • CougOrUte..Naah Nibley, UT
    June 17, 2014 1:42 p.m.

    Best of luck to Jake. I hope he does well at Miami. Not only because Jake deserves a shot, but also because Miami has been my second favorite college team for a long time. I think his talent will show through once he has some protection, and a knowledgeable coach.

  • my3cents Nashville, TN
    June 17, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    I have to wonder how Heap's career would have worked out had he been red shirted his freshman years. Rumors were that signing with BYU was contingent on Heaps not red shirting. Throwing a true Freshman into a situation where the team has established loyalties to an older player is always going to be problematic. Very few college QB's are ready as true Freshman. I truly wish Heaps the best.

    I agree with Dick, Heaps has conducted himself with class. It's too bad more of his critics aren't made from the same stuff.

  • Lloyd Christmas Dunn Marshall, MN
    June 17, 2014 2:27 p.m.

    Remembering Actual Ute Fan Highlights

    This is also very easy, since they have nothing better to do than comment on BYU articles. Gotta love ChrisB and the rest of the very bored Ute fans.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    June 17, 2014 3:25 p.m.

    I will agree with dick, heaps had a lot of highlights Utes will remember.

    What a hot mess.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    June 17, 2014 4:11 p.m.

    @ Brio

    "Perhaps they are upset of the reminder that it took a lot of luck to prevail in one of their recent wins over BYU (that they often brag about)... even though they were outplayed." - Another classic BYU response

    2011 - Nothing lucky about a 44-point win.

    2012 - BYU never led despite the fact that Utah was without its starting QB, RB, and three safeties (two of them starters)

    2013 - Again, BYU never led

    Yeah, BYU hasn't even had a lead on Utah since early in the second quarter of the game in 2011. That's not my definition of being outplayed.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 17, 2014 4:33 p.m.

    Jake is hard to figure out. His first year at the Y was steady progress and ending in a very good bowl performance. Doman ruined Jake - forcing him to be something he wasn't. I think Jake never recovered from his second year at the Y. Kansas was a disaster. REALLY bad team and a coach that hasn't been able to figure out the head coach job yet after several stops. I still think with the right coach Heaps could be really good - hard to say if that will happen in Miami or not. Hate to see a kid have to bounce around like this...

  • Ronald Uharriet SWun City, Ca.
    June 17, 2014 8:30 p.m.

    Thanks Dick Harmon for another great article and thanks for all the positive posters and to those that posted negatively, they have lost some of my respect for them.

    We need to start to learn how to develop our 4-5 star players or we will not deserve recruiting any others.

    It’s really our choice.

    1.) We Learn to respect and appreciate those stars attached to our most quality players and reach the next level in a P5 conference, or

    2.) Continue letting 4-5 star players know that their stars mean nothing to the coaches and remain a Mid Major team.

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    June 17, 2014 9:57 p.m.

    Skitter makes the most accurate commentary. Heaps' experience at BYU didn't just happen to him. He had a primary role in creating it. He seemed to come to BYU with a lot of chutzpah and not much understanding of the difference between high school and D-1 college ball, where ALL the players are all-stars from their high school days. Lack of work ethic and aloofness with team members. Those are not habits that make a champion, and it showed in his play. Utah could not have won that 54-10 game without Jake there to throw them the ball all day. It wasn't just him...those teams had a lot of weak spots, especially among receivers...(continued)

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    June 17, 2014 9:58 p.m.

    ...that year we had 5 (6?) tight ends who were all supposed to be world beaters, and they all dropped far more balls than they caught. The Utah State game saw 13 scoring passes dropped. I also got tired of watching so many passes over, under, behind and in front of breaking receivers who were well positioned. I'm glad Jake is a nice guy, and ultimately that will take him farthest in life...but let's not pretend he's more of a ball player than he was (is).

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    June 20, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    I wish success for Jake in every endeavor. Having said that, Dick, let it alone.