Jake Heaps

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Jake Heaps
Kansas JayhawksNo. 9
QuarterbackRedshirt Junior
Major: Communications
Date of birth: (1991-06-19) June 19, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth: Issaquah, Washington
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career history
High school: Sammamish (WA) Skyline
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
  • USA Today First Team All-American (2009)
  • Gatorade Washington State Player of the Year (2009)
  • AP State Player of the Year (2009)
Stats at ESPN.com
 
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Jake Heaps
Kansas JayhawksNo. 9
QuarterbackRedshirt Junior
Major: Communications
Date of birth: (1991-06-19) June 19, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth: Issaquah, Washington
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career history
High school: Sammamish (WA) Skyline
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
  • USA Today First Team All-American (2009)
  • Gatorade Washington State Player of the Year (2009)
  • AP State Player of the Year (2009)
Stats at ESPN.com

Jake Heaps (born June 19, 1991) is an American football quarterback for the University of Kansas. After leading his highschool team to 3 Washington 4A state titles at Skyline High School Jake was rated as the number 1 quarterback prospect in the country by several recruiting services. Heaps chose to play for Brigham Young University. He completed his freshman year at BYU leading the Cougars to 7 wins and 6 losses with a decisive victory in the 2010 New Mexico Bowl over the Miners of the University of Texas El Paso. Heaps was named the games most valuable player with a quarterback rating of 122.5 and 4 touchdowns with 1 interception. As a college quarterback, Jake Heaps has thrown for 2,316 yards and 15 touchdowns.

High school career[edit source | edit]

Heaps led Skyline High School to 4A Washington state titles in 2007, 2008, 2009. During those three years he passed for a combined 9196 yards and 114 touchdowns.[1][2]

After his senior season at Skyline in 2009, Heaps signed a letter of intent to play college football at Brigham Young University,[3] Coming out of high school, Heaps was the number one rated high school quarterback in the country according to the recruiting services Scout.com and Rivals.com.[4][5] Heaps was also named as top quarterback on the Parade All-America Team and was invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Some recruiting analysts have felt that his poise, judgement, and throwing accuracy, would be a good fit in the Cougars' spread offense.[6]

College career[edit source | edit]

Brigham Young[edit source | edit]

Heaps began his freshman season sharing time with starting quarterback Riley Nelson. Once Nelson was lost to injury against Florida State, Heaps led the Cougars the rest of the season to six wins and four losses. He improved as the season progressed and had only a single loss in his last six games as he surpassed Ty Detmer's freshman touchdown record that stood for 22 years with 15 touchdowns. In the month of November and the December bowl game, Heaps threw 13 touchdowns and two interceptions and passed for 1,259 yards. He was the first freshman quarterback to ever lead the Cougars in Brigham Young's 29 bowl game appearances. Heaps was named the New Mexico Bowl's Most Valuable Player, breaking some of the bowl's records after leading BYU to a comfortable victory. As a true freshman, Heaps threw for 2,316 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 116.2. He completed 219 passes on 383 attempts with a completion percentage of 57.2%.

During the 2011 season, Heaps started the first five games of the season. During those first five games, Heaps threw 3 touchdowns and 5 interceptions and failed to garner a QB rating higher than 116.3 or complete a pass greater than 37 yards. He was benched during the Utah St. game in which backup quarter-back Riley Nelson led BYU to a come-from-behind victory. Heaps saw limited action until Riley Nelson was injured during a game against the University of Idaho. Heaps finished the game against Idaho, and started the next game against New Mexico State, but was replaced when Nelson was cleared to play the following week. Heaps ended the 2011 season with a completion percentage of 57.1, 9 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and a QB rating of 111.0. After the December 3 game against Hawaii, Heaps announced that he would not travel with the team to the Armed Forces Bowl game, but would instead be seeking to transfer schools.

Kansas[edit source | edit]

Following BYU's 2011 season, Heaps announced he would not participate in the 2011 Armed Forces Bowl game and that he would be transferring to the University of Kansas to play for new head coach Charlie Weis.[7][8] Due to NCAA transfer rules, Heaps redshirted for the 2012 season. He is expected to compete for the starting quarterback position at Kansas with Michael Cummings.

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ "Jake Heaps Football Stats - Skyline High School 09-10". MaxPreps. 2010-01-01. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  2. ^ "Jake Heaps - Yahoo! Sports". Rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  3. ^ Condotta, Bob (June 5, 2009), "Jake Heaps makes it official, chooses BYU", Seattle Times 
  4. ^ "Scout.com: Jake Heaps Profile". Recruiting.scout.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking - Rivals.com pro-style quarterbacks 2010". Rivals100.rivals.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  6. ^ Luginbill, Tom (June 4, 2009), "Heaps chooses the right school", Espn.com 
  7. ^ Adelson, Andrea (December 5, 2011). "Jake Heaps seeking transfer from BYU". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  8. ^ Drew, Jay (December 24, 2011). "BYU football Kansas should fit Jake Heaps needs well, Bronco Mendenhall says". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 

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