Jake Heaps transfers from BYU to Kansas

January 3, 2012

By Mason Kelley

Jake Heaps, former Skyline High School and Brigham Young University quarterback, announced Dec. 22 he is transferring to the University of Kansas.

The sophomore, who asked Brigham Young coach Bronco Mendenhall to release him from his scholarship Dec. 5, took a visit to Lawrence, Kan., last weekend and decided to continue his career with the Jayhawks and new coach Charlie Weis.

Heaps, 6 feet 1, 200 pounds, will sit out the 2012 season per NCAA transfer rules and will then have two years of eligibility left.

After leading Skyline to three state championships and compiling a 40-2 record as a high-school quarterback, Heaps was rated by many as the top quarterback prospect in the nation. He graduated early so he could play spring football, and started the final 10 games as a freshman at Brigham Young and the first five in 2011.

In 2010, Heaps took over as the starter after Riley Nelson suffered a shoulder injury. The Cougars won four of their final five regular-season games and the New Mexico Bowl. Heaps was the MVP of the bowl game.

He set Brigham Young freshman records for passing yards (2,316), attempts (383), completions (219), passing touchdowns (15), wins (six), games started (10) and games played (13).

He was the Cougars’ starter to open the 2011 season, throwing for 1,452 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games. However, he struggled early in the year and lost his starting job after Nelson led a late comeback against Utah State.

Mason Kelley: 206-464-8277 or mkelley@seattletimes.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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