Bye Bye Utah
Seattle native and former Skyline High School star QB Jake Heaps has recently announced he will transfer from BYU. Will we see him in Pullman one day?
The sophomore had a ton of expectations this season, but after finishing his freshman season on fire he has not played well this season and he has decided to transfer and will not play in the Armed Forces Bowl later this month.
BYU has granted Heaps’ release and in a statement he said,
“I thought choosing a program when I was being recruited out of high school was hard, but it pales in comparison to making this decision.
I have made so many friends here, and not just on the football team.
People that will be friends of mine the rest of my life. I really respect and like Coach Mendenhall, he’s a great man. I’ve learned a lot about football from Coach [Brandon”] Doman.
There are so many great guys on this team, it’s going to be really hard to leave them.
I’ve had some time to think about this decision and it’s not one I came to lightly. I have no idea where I’m going to end up, and haven’t talked to anyone.
There are a lot of great programs out there, and I’m excited to do some research and find the right fit.”
Heaps started the last 10 games for BYU last season and set freshman school records for passing yards, TD, and wins. In the New Mexico Bowl he was named the offensive MVP in the game with 264 passing yards and 4 TD in BYU’s 52-24 win over UTEP.
He started the first 5 games for BYU this season, but after the offense struggled he was replaced by Riley Nelson, who played well.
In the first 5 games Heaps had 3 TD and 5 INT and the last straw was in the 5th game when the Cougars were blown out by Utah and Heaps had a fumble and two turnovers.
Heaps played in 2 games when Nelson was injured at the end of the season, but in the season finale against Hawaii Nelson came back and had a stellar game.
Now that Heaps is transferring the next question is where will he go?
When he originally came out of Skyline High School he had narrowed his decision to 5 schools including BYU, Washington, and Tennessee. While Washington State was not on his list there has been buzz that he may end up in Pullman.
We’re hearing the school at the front of the line to wisk him back to the Great Northwest is WSU.
WSU recently hired head coach Mike Leach and we all know he uses the pro-style run and gun offense that he used at Texas Tech. Good fit?
However, the Cougars may be high on Connor Halliday, who had some solid games as a freshman this season.
Still, I think Heaps would beat him out.
UW has Keith Price, who was only a sophomore this season, and he played well for the 7-5 Huskies, so I’m pretty confident UW is set at the QB position.
There will be no lack of suitors for Heaps, who has a gun and a very quick release.
He still has 2 years of eligibility remaining.
Weight: 200 lbs
Birthplace: Issaquah, Washington
School: Skyline HS