The Jake Heaps Saga

The resume speaks for itself:

Ranked the #1 QB in the nation by

Ranked the #1 pro-style QB in the nation by

MaxPreps top college football recruit from the state of Washington

Parade All-American

USA Today First-Team All-American

Starting QB of the West squad in the U.S. Army All-American bowl

AP Washington State Player of the Year

Now, after winning three state titles at Skyline High School in Issaquah, Jake Heaps is poised to become the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Brigham Young University since John Beck (currently of the Baltimore Ravens), in 2003. In spring practice, Heaps, playing with the first-team offense, has completed 62 of 105 passes for 774 yards and 7 touchdowns. Heaps has a slight edge over Riley Nelson and James Lark, both talented quarterbacks in their own right.

I have a unique perspective of the Jake Heaps saga. I was born and raised in Seattle, and am currently a student at BYU, and, might I add, a huge BYU football fan. I have seen both sides of the story, the disappointment of Husky Nation in losing him and the ecstatic joy of Cougar Nation in landing him. I safely and proudly take my place among those ecstatic with joy.

Now, before I am crucified on here by you Huskies, let me just make it clear that while I am no Husky fan, I AM a huge fan of Jake Locker and an AVID supporter of Steve Sarkisian, himself a former BYU quarterback (a pretty good one at that, see 1997 Cotton Bowl), and I want to see them do well. I can safely say I want the Huskies to win every game on their schedule this fall. Every game except one.

I believe by the time Mr. Heaps has left BYU, he will hold nearly every school passing record in the books. He will have cemented his place among the all-time great passers at BYU, from Steve Young, Jim McMahon and Ty Detmer, to Steve Sarkisian, John Beck and Max Hall. BYU has had four Davey O’Brien award winners, more than any other school in the nation. I would not be surprised to see a fifth trophy displayed in Legends Hall in a few years.

Now before you Huskies start feeling all down-in-the-dumps, remember that while you missed out on Mr. Heaps, you also managed to sign some guy named Montana.

That name ring a bell, anyone?

All in all, I am excited for my team. I am excited to see Jake Heaps take the field in one of college football’s most storied settings, Lavell Edwards Stadium, against another pretty good Jake, this September 4th. You can be sure I will be there, loud and proud.

Do not feel bad Husky fans. I do not feel bad for you. Not one bit. Not with the caliber of coach you have. Not with the caliber of recruits he is bringing in. You have much to be proud of and much to look forward to. Nick Montana will be a great quarterback. But as great as he might be, he is not, and never will be:

Jake Heaps.