Jake Heaps

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Jake Heaps
No. -- Free agent
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-06-19) June 19, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth: Issaquah, Washington
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Sammamish (WA) Skyline
College: Miami (FL)
Undrafted: 2015
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • USA Today High School All-American (2009)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Jake Heaps (born June 19, 1991) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. Heaps was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Heaps played for several universities during his collegiate career including Miami (FL), Kansas and Brigham Young.

High school career[edit]

Heaps attended Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington, and played as a quarterback for their football team. He led the football team to 4A Washington state titles in 2008[1] and 2009.[2] During those three years he passed for a combined 9196 yards and 114 touchdowns, the bulk of those touchdowns to Tanner Filip.[3][4] After leading Skyline High School to two Washington 4A state titles, Heaps was rated as the top quarterback prospect in the country by multiple recruiting services.[citation needed]

After his senior season at Skyline in 2009, Heaps signed a letter of intent to play college football at Brigham Young University (BYU).[5] Despite the fact that BYU was his parents' desired school, Heaps wanted to play for the University of Washington.[6] 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.[7][8] 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.[9]

College career[edit]

Brigham Young University[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, to 20th-ranked University of Utah. 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,[6] breaking some of the bowl's records after leading BYU to a comfortable victory with a quarterback rating of 122.5 throwing 4 TD's with 1 INT. 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 Cougars' first five games.[6] 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. After a horrendous 29.3 QB rating during a 44-point home loss against the University of Utah, he was benched during the fifth game, in which backup quarterback Riley Nelson led BYU to a come-from-behind victory. Heaps saw limited action until 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.[6]

University of Kansas[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.[10][11] Due to NCAA transfer rules, Heaps redshirted for the 2012 season. He was expected to compete for the starting quarterback position at Kansas with Michael Cummings.

Heaps struggled with Kansas, completing fewer than half of his passes. He lost the starting quarterback job to Montell Cozart during an open competition. On June 13, 2014, the University of Kansas announced Heaps was leaving the program to transfer to another school.[12]

University of Miami[edit]

Heaps transferred to the University of Miami to play for the Miami Hurricanes football team in June 2014.[13] Brad Kaaya, a true freshman, beat Heaps in the competition to start at quarterback for Miami.[14] He appeared in three games for the Hurricanes, going 6-for-12 on passing attempts for a total of 51 yards.[15]

Professional career[edit]

New York Jets[edit]

Heaps was signed by the New York Jets on May 11, 2015.[15] He was released on August 27, 2015.[16]

Brooklyn Bolts[edit]

Heaps spent time with the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League in 2015.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Heaps was signed by the Seattle Seahawks on May 2, 2016.[17] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Seahawks as part of final roster cuts.[18] He was signed back onto the Seahawks' practice squad on September 13, 2016.[19] He was released on October 3, 2016.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Heaps is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His parents, Steve and Kelly, now divorced, supported his career by moving him into the Issaquah School district so he could learn the "Skyline system" under coach Steve Gervais. He has one older sister, Brittany, who is a dental hygienist in Utah.[6] Steve played college baseball at BYU.[21]

Heaps is married to Brooke, whom he met at BYU. They were married during his sophomore year at BYU.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wiaa.com/Brackets/T659.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.wiaa.com/Brackets/T690.pdf
  3. ^ "Jake Heaps Football Stats - Skyline High School 09-10". MaxPreps. January 1, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Jake Heaps - Yahoo! Sports". Rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ Condotta, Bob (June 5, 2009), "Jake Heaps makes it official, chooses BYU", Seattle Times 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Despite struggles on and off field, ex-Skyline star QB Jake Heaps still chasing his dream". The Seattle Times. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Scout.com: Jake Heaps Profile". Recruiting.scout.com. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking - Rivals.com pro-style quarterbacks 2010". Rivals100.rivals.com. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  9. ^ Luginbill, Tom (June 4, 2009), "Heaps chooses the right school", Espn.com 
  10. ^ Adelson, Andrea (December 5, 2011). "Jake Heaps seeking transfer from BYU". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  11. ^ Drew, Jay (December 24, 2011). "BYU football Kansas should fit Jake Heaps needs well, Bronco Mendenhall says". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Jake Heaps, Darrian Miller leave KU football team". Kansas.com. 
  13. ^ "Jake Heaps transferring from Kansas Jayhawks to Miami Hurricanes". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ Tim Reynolds (August 24, 2014). "True freshman Brad Kaaya beats out former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps for Miami's QB job". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Lange, Randy (May 11, 2015). "Jets Sign 2 Tryouts: QB Heaps, FB Copeland". New York Jets. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  16. ^ Lange, Randy (August 27, 2015). "Jets Sign 7th-Year QB Josh Johnson". New York Jets. Archived from the original on August 30, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  17. ^ Condotta, Bob (May 2, 2016). "Former Skyline High QB Jake Heaps signs with Seahawks". The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Seattle Seahawks Set 53-Man Roster, Trade For Defensive Backs L.J. McCray And Dewey McDonald". 
  19. ^ Boyle, John. "Seahawks Sign Fullback Will Tukuafu And Cornerback Neiko Thorpe". Seahawks.com. 
  20. ^ Drovetto, Tony (October 3, 2016). "Seahawks Place Linebacker Mike Morgan on Injured Reserve; Promote Linebacker Jordan Tripp From Practice Squad". Seahawks.com. 
  21. ^ "KU's Jake Heaps finds comfort turning into Lawrence". kansas. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 

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