Jake Heaps Transfers from BYU to Kansas: Was This the Right Move?
Jake Heaps, the one-time heir apparent of BYU's quarterback factory, has decided to transfer after he lost his starting position this year.
Many speculated that Heaps' services would go to other schools with great quarterback traditions. Rumor once had it that this undoubtedly talented signal-caller would play next for USC, UCLA or Washington State. Playing as a Washington State Cougar seemed to be a good fit with Mike Leach taking over as head coach.
Heaps has now made his decision. And Heaps is going to the rich quarterback tradition of....
That's right ladies and gentlemen. The No. 1 QB of his signing class is going to play for a basketball school.
Does this make any sense?
Granted, Kansas will be a better place for developing a quarterback now that Charlie Weis is now the head coach. Weis has a proven track record, both in the college ranks and in the NFL, of helping quarterbacks reach their potential.
On the other hand, Weis doesn't exactly have a strong head coaching record as of yet.
So, how much does Jake Heaps really gain by playing for the Jayhawks instead of the Cougars?
As I see it, not much.
Jake Heaps will not see the field next season due to NCAA transfer rules.
It's true that Heaps would have been redshirted had he decided to stay, as Riley Nelson has a firm grip on the starting job. So this is a wash.
But Heaps, who would be a redshirt junior in 2013, would almost be guaranteed the starting position if he can work out some of the problems that put him on the bench.
At Kansas, on the other hand, Charlie Weis just might develop Jordan Webb into an effective QB, and Webb has two more years of eligibility left.
Which means if Webb doesn't leave early, Heaps might be just a backup in 2013.
That doesn't seem like much of a plus to me.
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And Heaps might not be a shoo-in for the starting job in 2014, either. That's the problem with playing for great quarterback coaches: There will always be others that will compete with you for the coach's attention and time on the field.
There are some things that Heaps still needs to learn if he wants a shot at winning a starting position.
He needs to develop some Riley Nelson-esque toughness. All of the talent in the world is secondary to a killer instinct.
Also, he needs to develop some touch on his passes as well as learn what it means to be a leader.
If he can accomplish these things, he'll probably be the starter at his new home in Kansas.
But he's trading a BYU program that went 48-16 for a program that has gone 30-32 over the last five years.
We won't really know if this was a good move for Heaps until he actually takes the field again in 2013.
But this much we do know: There's no guarantee that Jake Heaps made the best decision by leaving BYU.
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