It doesn’t appear that Jake Heaps will turn out the quarterback he was expected to be. He wrapped up his junior year at Kansas with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His completion rate was 49 percent.
He passed for under 100 yards in four separate games, though part of that was because he was on the bench. But it’s safe to say the former BYU quarterback – and most coveted recruit in the school’s history – has disappointed.
Apparently I was wrong when I predicted he would be a successful QB after transferring to Kansas. His confidence seemed low – again — as his quarterback rating was 97 this season. His rating has slipped every year since he entered college as the most touted recruit in BYU history.
But one thing I still believe is that he’s a good person, not a terrible locker room influence. I can’t say that from personal experience beyond some hurried interviews. One of the rumors when he was at BYU was that he was difficult and arrogant. I’ve said this before: If he was so difficult, why didn’t he blast BYU when he transferred to Kansas?
When he was in Provo, he was obviously a player who had been coached both on and off the field. He said the right things, even after being benched in favor of Riley Nelson. Now he’s had production problems at Kansas. Still, last week I saw a tweet he sent:
It doesn’t say everything, but it says a lot.
Heaps might not be the quarterback everyone wanted, but he could be the right person.
In the long run, that’s probably better.