BYU sophomore quarterback and former Skyline standout Jake Heaps is leaving BYU with the intent to transfer to another program.
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a school news release Monday morning that Heaps has decided to transfer, but did not say which school the graduate of Skyline High in Issaquah, Wash., will transfer to.
“Jake has decided to leave the program in pursuit of a fresh start for he and his young family,” Mendenhall said. “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 the last 10 games of his freshman season, and the first five games in 2011 before being replaced by junior Riley Nelson.
After Nelson was injured against Idaho, Heaps entered the game and played well against the Vandals. He started against New Mexico State and led the Cougars to a 42-7 win, but Nelson regained the starting position last Saturday against Hawaii when he returned from the injuries suffered against Idaho.
Heaps was the MVP of the 2010 New Mexico Bowl after passing for 264 yards and four touchdowns.Around here, Heaps is a high school legend having led Skyline to three state titles as the quarterback. His final decision was between Washington and BYU. Heaps, who is LDS, chose BYU in the end.
Now he will leave in search of playing time. His goal according to tweets from Dave Mahler is to find a place where he would be able to compete for a starting job. Mahler listed UW, USC, Cal, WSU, Colorado, S. Carolina and other possibilities, Heaps will have to sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules. But since he has a redshirt available, he would have two years of eligibility remaining.
Obviously, Husky fans would love to have him back. But is Washington the best fit for Heaps. The Huskies have Keith Price entrenched in the quarterback, and Heaps would be eligible when Price is a senior. Meaning, he would likely only have one year as the starter. Washington State has Connor Halliday, but with new coach Mike Leach, Heaps could definitely step in and compete with Halliday. Cal seems like a logical fit since Zach Maynard is a junior and Heaps would redshirt during Maynard's senior season. Colorado has a transfer quarterback from University of Texas coming in. The most intriguing of the list is South Carolina. Steve Spurrier has had his issues with quarterbacks over the years and has yet to find a player that can make his system work.