It appears the speculation regarding Jake Heaps’ future at Kansas is about to come to fruition.
While nothing is officially official, ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy reported overnight that Heaps has decided to transfer out of the KU football program. The report comes two weeks after Montell Cozart was tabbed by head coach Charlie Weis as the Jayhawks’ starter.
The buzz had been growing of late that Heaps, entering his final season of eligibility, could be looking to ply his quarterbacking wares elsewhere.
Despite the rumors and and reports regarding the player’s future, the Lawrence Journal-World wrote that “Weis, through a KU spokesperson, said that Heaps was at a team meeting early Tuesday evening and was still listed on the KU roster.”
By way of the Deseret News, however, there are a litany of schools to which Heaps is reportedly considering a transfer, including FBS programs such as Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, SMU and Utah State. If Heaps is looking for a place to play immediately, Fresno State — they recently signed grad transfer Brandon Connette — and Utah State — Chuckie Keeton is returning from injury and is the Aggies’ unquestioned starter — would appear to be odd fits at the moment.
In December of 2011, it was reported that Heaps would be transferring from BYU to Kansas. After sitting out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Heaps started nine games for the Jayhawks in 2013. During that lone season on the field in Lawrence, Heaps completed just 49 percent of his passes and tossed 10 interceptions versus eight touchdowns.
Heaps 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.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.