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Jake Heaps expects to start at QB for the Hurricanes

Jake Heaps

Quarterback Jake Heaps hopes the third time is the charm.

Heaps is on his third team in four years. After unsuccessful stints with the BYU Cougars and the Kansas Jayhawks, Heaps has one year of eligibility left to make his mark with the Miami Hurricanes. And Heaps plans to make the most of it as the team’s starting quarterback.

“I didn’t come here to be the backup,” Heaps told the Miami Herald’s Susan Miller Degnan. “I made this decision for a reason. I came here to play, but you have to earn that. No one is going to give that to you, and that’s what I knew coming into this situation and that’s what I wanted.

“… That’s the only way you’re going to earn your teammates’ respect and gain their confidence. So for me, I’m very excited about this opportunity. This is my last year. I’ve given everything I have at this thing, and it’s extremely important for me to perform well — not only to win the job but for my goals and aspirations down the line as well.”

Heaps’ experience speaks for itself and provides him with an advantage in the Hurricanes’ upcoming quarterback competition. During his time with the other two institutions, Heaps played in 33 games and threw for 5,181 yards, 32 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.

The starting job, however, won’t be handed to the upperclassman. Although, the trek will be much easier to navigate without projected starter Ryan Williams in the running. Williams suffered a torn ACL during spring ball, which allowed Heaps to transfer to the University of Miami.

Heaps will compete with three young but very talented quarterbacks. Kevin Olsen is a redshirt freshman and former four-star recruit. Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier are a pair of highly touted true freshmen that could work their way into the mix with strong showings during fall camp.

“Many times you’re in a situation with quarterback battles, [and] it’s very easy to find a team that has a divided locker room, that in a lot of situations don’t handle this situation very well,” Heaps said. “It’s a testament to the group of guys in this quarterback room that there hasn’t been any division.

“I’ve tried to come in and be nobody but myself and show these guys how much I love the game of football. It has gone extremely well. These guys are great.”

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5 Responses to “Jake Heaps expects to start at QB for the Hurricanes”
  1. uknowimright1 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:50 PM

    Dude is a Heap of S**T…

  2. planecrashguy says: Jul 29, 2014 9:21 PM

    What I heard, the knock on him at BYU and KU was he’s a headcase who doesn’t take coaching criticism well. If true, hard to believe Golden would take him

  3. cubano76 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:21 PM

    Miami in the top five is great for college football. Just for the awesome comments people write. But they appear to be a ways from getting back up there. Not sure this genius is the one to lead them back there though.

  4. canetic says: Jul 29, 2014 10:38 PM

    Write this year off unfortunately. Duke Johnson’s talents will be wasted again.

  5. Straight Cash Homie says: Jul 30, 2014 9:02 AM

    Surprised he actually stayed committed to this school for so long. For a former #1 overall QB recruit coming out of HS he surely has had a hard team even seeing the field. Just goes to show that the “professional” recruiting service rankings mean absolutely nothing.

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