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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Despite reports, KU quarterback Jake Heaps still a Jayhawk

Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps looks at the scoreboard after coming off the field against Texas Tech during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps looks at the scoreboard after coming off the field against Texas Tech during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

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Radio reports from Utah and a Tweet from ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy have indicated that Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps is transferring.

However, KU coach Charlie Weis, through a KU spokesperson, said that Heaps was at a team meeting early Tuesday evening and was still listed on the KU roster.

Heaps, who came to Kansas from BYU prior to the 2012 season, sat out his first season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules and stepped in as the starter for the 2013 season.

He started nine games last season and threw for 1,414 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 appearances but was replaced by true freshman Montell Cozart, who started the final three games of 2013. Cozart followed that up by out-dueling Heaps for the starting job during spring practices.

Cozart officially was named KU's starter on April 17 and that move may have led Heaps, a senior-to-be and former five-star recruit who was ranked as the nation's No. 1 pro style quarterback during his senior season at Skyline High in Washington, to consider his options for the future.

Heaps set all kinds of freshman passing records at BYU in 2010 but lost his job there during 2011 and left to play for Charlie Weis at Kansas.

He committed to KU the same week that Weis landed another former five-star QB, Notre Dame's Dayne Crist, a move that sent KU football fans into a frenzy.

Despite showing solid leadership qualities and constantly being called great teammates while at Kansas, neither player consistently showed that five-star pedigree during games and KU's coaching staff continued to play musical chairs at the game's most important position.

According to Jordan Buscarini, host of Drive Time Sports on Utah-based KOAL radio, Heaps has been given permission to seek a transfer to the following schools: Utah State, Southern Utah, Eastern Illinois, SMU, Boise State, Montana State, Northern Colorado, Fresno State and Hawaii.

The KU spokesperson said it was unknown where that list came from.

Comments

Brett McCabe 6 months ago

I really liked this kid. Here is hoping that he finds a place that fits. Coming to KU was a leap of faith and I never criticize a kid for choosing Kansas - especially our lame football program. Best of luck to him and his family!!!

Aaron Paisley 6 months ago

I don't blame Heaps if he wants to transfer out and play somewhere else. I feel bad for the kid because this is pretty much a repeat of what happened to him at BYU where a change in the offensive system made him a poor fit for the system. Of the FBS schools on that list, Fresno St. would probably be the best fit on that list. I don't know enough about the FCS schools to know which of those would be a good fit, but hopefully he ends up somewhere he can play if he does decide to transfer out.

Suzi Marshall 6 months ago

I'm with you on that. His lack of mobility combined with our poor OL last year and potentially this year make him a very poor fit. He needs to find a team that has a strong OL. I wish him the best of luck.

Dirk Medema 6 months ago

Fresno St just graduate Carr-the younger, and needs a replacement. Part of the reason for knowing this is the article about another senior that lost the QB job, and transferred after graduating - Former Duke quarterback Brandon Connette.

Micky Baker 6 months ago

He didn't transfer because he lost the starting job. He transferred because his mom fell ill and he wants to be closer to home. Duke didn't want him to leave.

Micky Baker 6 months ago

Fresno State got Duke's QB who transferred. I don't think they're going to get Heaps.

Kevin Randell 6 months ago

Well Jake, are you going to take your ball and go home? Or....are you going to get ticked off, bust your butt over the summer, and take your position back? Either way, I, along with the Jayhawk Nation, will wish you the best of luck. But just know this, if you have thoughts about the NFL, those scouts will ask you why you transferred from two schools.

Dirk Medema 6 months ago

NFL teams have overlooked a lot worse if the player shows much of any talent.

It would still be really cool to see him enter a game late and pull a CU comeback.

Doug Cramer 6 months ago

He had no offensive line...and his receivers couldn't catch a ball. But not only could his o-line not block...they killed several drives with penalties. The boys in the trenches had no discipline.

Jake - it wasn't your fault in my opinion. You got one hell of an arm...and I hope to see you behind center this year with a Jayhawk helmet on...and in the NFL for years to come.

Titus Canby 6 months ago

I'm with you Doug. Jake's a great QB and great leader. You can't complete many passes when you're on your back and your receivers can't catch.

Robert Brown 6 months ago

I'm surprised that Heaps doesn't have his degree which I think would allow him to transfer anywhere.

Jonathan Allison 6 months ago

I thought that the graduate transfer rule only meant that if he does transfer then he is immediately eligible to play. Not sure it means that he is not still bound by the original school unless they release him from his scholarship.

But yes, I thought it was strange that the article mentioned nothing about whether or not he had completed his degree. I assume that he HAS completed his degree or else he wouldn't seek to transfer to any other D1 program because he will already be in his 5th year having sat out at year at KU.

Jonathan Allison 6 months ago

If he transferred to another D1 school without having his degree, then he would have to sit out his 5th year and then would have exhausted his eligibility without ever playing a game at his 3rd school. And by D1 I don't think it matters if it's FBS or FCS, he still would have to sit. So it's assumed that he's got that degree already or else he would only be looking at D2 schools.

Andy Hess 6 months ago

Yea. If he doesn't have his degree before transferring, it's D2 schools for him. That's the only way for him to play.

Mark Lindrud 6 months ago

Good luck of its true. We don't have the parts around him for his skill set. It doesn't sound like our line will be much improved so a mobile QB will be needed. He sat out a year and was forced to play musical QB last year. Hope he finds a good place for him for all that he's already endured.

Glen Miller 6 months ago

Heaps was screwed from the go..... our line was horrible and the recievers couldn't get open or catch a ball. Cozart can't pass for crap because he just throws it up and deep hoping his guy will run under it. Heaps got jobbed and we'll be lucky to win 2 games this year with Cozart under center. He's a running quarterback in every sense of the word and he's only the starter because our line is horrible and we have to have a guy that can run for his life. I think if we'd have given heaps better tools to use, he would have played well. I expect Cozart to be replaced at some point this season......

Doug Cramer 6 months ago

agree 100%. We have to have a passing game to balance this offense...and Cozart's passing looked awful last season.

Blake Post 6 months ago

From the comments, it sounds like we need a lot better offensive line. All QBs look awful without blocking. Will it be improved from a year ago?

Jay Beakum 6 months ago

The offensive line is John Reagan’s calling card. Contrary to the comments above, it will be much improved.

Don’t forget Fusimalohi was Big 12 honorable mention last year without Reagan’s presence. He along with Mike Smithburg, Damon Martin, Zach Fondal and Pat Lewandowski are going to give KU 5 seniors and a junior in the rotation. I bet one of those guys (Smithburg or Martin) also give KU an all-conference selection this year.

To me the only glaring question mark is at center. But even there we have Joe Gibson who has been receiving some praise, and ESPN 300 center Jacob Bragg coming in who might end up being the gem of this class. He might have to RS, but he’s bound to become all-conference under Reagan. At the least he’ll push the position.

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