It didn’t take long to learn where Jake Heaps would play in 2014.
After Kansas finally made it official over the weekend that quarterback Heaps was leaving the program, it was announced Sunday that Heaps will suit up for the University of Miami in the fall. Heaps, who graduated from Kansas, will be immediately eligible and is expected to compete for the Hurricanes’ starting quarterback spot.
“I’m extremely excited to join the Miami football program and get down there and compete,” Heaps told Fox Sports. “I felt a really good connection to coach (James) Coley and coach (Al) Golden and the whole staff there.”
Miami will be the third school Heaps, the No. 1 rated pro-style quarterback prospect in the class of 2010, has competed for. He began his career at BYU and started as a true freshman, throwing for 2,316 yards and 15 touchdowns – both school records for a freshman QB. His sophomore year, 2011, was a struggle. He started just six games and threw for nine touchdowns and eight interceptions.
He decided to transfer after his sophomore year and landed at Kansas. He sat out the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules then split quarterback duties with Montell Cozart in 2013. Heaps appeared in 11 total games for the Jayhawks, and completed just 49 percent of his passes. In total, he threw for 1,414 yards, eight touchdowns and ten interceptions.
Kansas head coach Charlie Weis announced after KU’s spring game that Cozart had won the starting job, prompting Heaps’ transfer.
Heaps has a good shot to start the opener for the Hurricanes in his final season of eligibility. Projected starter Ryan Williams went down in spring practice with a severe knee injury, leaving just redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen, redshirt sophomore Gray Crow, and true freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier on the depth chart.
The Hurricanes open its season September 1 on the road against new ACC member Louisville.
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