According to multiple published reports, former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps is headed to the University of Miami to try to salvage his college career after failed attempts to make a difference on the field as a Cougar or as a Kansas Jayhawk. Heaps should be eligible to play immediately thanks to a rule that allows students who have graduated the chance to play right away.
Heaps isn’t guaranteed the starting job with the Canes, but will have the opportunity to fight for it in fall ball against a bunch of young and inexperienced players including redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen who was named the No. 1 quarterback out of spring practice, according to Matt Porter of The Palm Beach Post.
While I don’t see this move as a great fit for Heaps, it is a chance for him to get back on the field after losing his starting job to Montell Cozart midway through 2013. Anyone who watched Kansas football a season ago knows that while Heaps didn’t play great, he wasnt completely to blame for the Jayhawks terrible showing. When you have a line that can’t block and receivers that drop too many balls to count it doesn’t really matter how good the quarterback is.
As a BYU fan, I hope the best for Heaps. I hope he gets a chance to play meaningful snaps with the Hurricanes and can reach the promise that he showed coming out of high school. According to his twitter account, he’s ready.