Issaquah grads still hitting the gridiron

August 31, 2010

By Bob Taylor

A year ago, Jake Heaps was quarterbacking the Skyline High School Spartans to a third straight state football championship. This year, he’ll be on the field for Brigham Young University.

In fact, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall announced last week that Heaps will see action against the University of Washington Huskies when the teams meet Sept. 4 in Provo, Utah.

Mendenhall said the Cougars plan to utilize a two-quarterback system this fall, using both junior Riley Nelson and Heaps.

“We plan on playing both Riley and Jake at quarterback and feel both will be effective leading our team,” Mendenhall said in a recent release. “Each is a talented player with a different style, which will pose some difficulties for opposing defenses. Both players are committed to this decision and excited to lead our team.”

Heaps was ranked the No. 1 high school quarterback in the nation by Scout.com and the top pro-style signal caller by Rivals.com. During his Skyline career, Heaps led the Spartans to a 40-2 record as a three-year starter. He amassed 9,994 yards and connected on 114 touchdown passes.

In a recent BYU practice, Heaps connected on seven of 12 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.

There will be another former Spartan who will see considerable action in the game — offensive tackle Cody Habben, a returning starter for the Huskies.

At Washington State University, Skyline grad Gino Simone will start at wide receiver when the Cougars open their season Sept. 4 at Oklahoma State. Liberty High School graduate Chris Prummer should see action for the Cougars, too. Prummer is listed as the backup center, but has played on the No. 1 unit in recent practices, too.

There are several products from the Issaquah School District playing college football this season. The following list of district grads was compiled from local high school football websites, information from local coaches and college rosters:

ISSAQUAH

-QB Ryan Bergman, Western Oregon

-QB Joey Bradley, Diablo Valley College

-OL Greg Finch, Puget Sound

-OT Daniel Fleischman, Wyoming

-RB Grant Gellatly, Cornell

-DB Kyle Hansen, Claremont-McKenna

-OL Dillon Reagan, Redlands

-OT Christian Rennie, Southern Utah

-TE Sean Stuby, Central Washington

-OL Jared Warren, Whitworth

-WR Ross Zuhl, Puget Sound

LIBERTY

-RB Dean Anderson, Montana-Western

-LS Peter Becker, Washington

-DE Robert Blair, Montana-Western

-DB Taylor Hamann, Willamette

-OL Coleton Langdon, Portland State

-OL Rob Marlow, Pacific Lutheran

-C Chris Prummer, Washington State

-DB Justin Whitman, Pacific Lutheran

SKYLINE

-RB Nick Beauchamp, Santa Rosa

-WR Eric Biege, Linfield

-OL Jase Butorac, Eastern Washington

-WR William Chandler, Washington

-LB Nick Cragin, Dixie State

-DL Evan Day, Eastern Washington

-LB Anthony DeMatteo, Central Washington

-LS Zach Enyeart, Washington State

-OT Cody Habben, Washington

-TE Jason Harris, Eastern Washington

-QB Jake Heaps, Brigham Young

-LB Devon Jonsson, Menlo

-WR Jake Knecht, Willamette

-OL Luke Marquardt, Azusa Pacific

-TE Cooper Pelluer, Washington

-P Sean Penberthy, Willamette

-DL Nick Rocco, Dixie State

-DB Zach Schrader, Sacramento State

-WR Gino Simone, Washington State

-WR Tait Stephens, Willamette

-DL Rob Tramonte, Idaho State

-P-WR Paul Vanderwulp, Azusa Pacific

-LB Tyler Washburn, Eastern Washington

-LB Jordan Weil, Willamette

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