Skyline standout Jake Heaps is leaving BYU

December 6, 2011

By Bob Taylor

Brigham Young University football coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Dec. 5 that sophomore quarterback Jack Heaps, a former Skyline star, will leave Brigham Young.

“Jake has decided to leave the program in pursuit of a fresh start for he and his young family,” Mendenhall said in a release. “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 16 games and played in 22 overall during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He set Brigham Young University freshman passing records for yards, touchdowns and wins in 2010. The highlight of his freshman season came in the New Mexico Bowl, where he passed for 264 yards and four touchdowns to earn offensive Most Valuable Player honors in a 52-24 victory.

The former Spartan started the first five games in 2011 before junior Riley Nelson took over the starting job.

For his career, Heaps has passed for 3,768 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Brigham Young has granted Heaps a release to transfer. He has not announced his intentions of where he will transfer. Heaps will not participate in the Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 30 or bowl game practices.

Heaps led Skyline to three state championships and amassed a 40-2 record.

Last month, Heaps was named the FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week for his Nov. 19 performance against New Mexico State. Returning to the lineup for the first time since Sept. 30, Heaps passed for 238 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars routed New Mexico State, 42-7.

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