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Jake Heaps to transfer from BYU

Move over, Dayne Crist.  You have some company in the “free agent” quarterback market.

In a press release, BYU announced that sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps has decided to transfer from the school after being given a release from his scholarship.  No official reason was given for the decision, “although “losing his starting job” would be a good place to start.

“Jake has decided to leave the program in pursuit of a fresh start for he and his young family,” head coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a statement. “Jake is a great young man with tremendous potential and someone I deeply care about. I am sorry to see him leave this wonderful institution yet anxious to follow his future development and success.”

Heaps started the final 10 games of the 2010 season and the first five in 2011 before being benched in favor of Riley Nelson.  Heaps started one game after the benching, but that only came as a result of an injury — broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung — suffered by Nelson.

For his career, Heaps completed 363 of 635 passes for 3,768 yards, 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.  He was a four-star member of the Cougars’ 2010 recruiting class and the No. 1 pro-style QB in the country according to Rivals.com.

As for where Heaps, who hails from Sammamish, Wash., may ultimately land, the current buzz is that he might wind up at Washington State with new head coach Mike Leach.

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3 Responses to “Jake Heaps to transfer from BYU”
  1. floridaconservative says: Dec 5, 2011 2:50 PM

    @ Jake – We’re sad to see you go, but we love your desire to compete. Best wishes from Cougar Nation!

  2. mydixienormus says: Dec 5, 2011 3:13 PM

    How ironic that this guy had a huge (self-promoted) press conference to announce his verbal commitment to BYU (telling UW to talk to the hand).

    Karma is a biiiiiiaaach.

    I hope he does transfer to WSU so the Huskies can beat his ass!

    Prepare to be bitches, bitches.

  3. bmceh says: Dec 5, 2011 5:23 PM

    Wazzu makes sense, his Skyline HS WR buddy Gino Simone is over there, plus there’s the Mormon connection with Mike Leach.

    Good luck beating out the true frosh phenom, Connor Halliday. Heaps stood a better shot at starting in Provo.

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