Former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps leaves Kansas football team

By Dave Skretta, Associated Press

Published: Fri, June 13, 2014, 7:45 p.m. MDT

 Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps passes to a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football spring game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps passes to a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football spring game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

(Orlin Wagner, AP)

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Another highly touted transfer has fizzled out as the Kansas starting quarterback.

Former five-star prospect Jake Heaps, who was heralded by coach Charlie Weis after his arrival from BYU, said in a statement issued by the school Friday that he'd be leaving the program when he finishes his degree requirements at the end of the month.

Wide receiver Andrew Turzilli, who graduated in May, also said that he is leaving the program, while running back Darrian Miller has left for what Weis called "personal reasons."

Heaps was considered one of the nation's top prep quarterbacks coming out of Washington's Skyline High School. He ended up at BYU and set several freshman passing records, but eventually lost his starting job and decided to transfer to Kansas.

But like former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist, who also lost his starting job after joining the Jayhawks, Heaps was eventually passed over as the starter by freshman Montell Cozart.

Heaps only completed 49 percent of his passes for 1,414 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions as the Jayhawks struggled to a 3-9 finish last season.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity given to me by Coach Weis to play football and earn my college degree," Heaps said. "My wife and I have truly enjoyed being part of the Jayhawk community. We have made lifelong friends through this experience."

It's unclear whether Heaps intends to play elsewhere next season. As a graduate transfer, Heaps would be eligible to play immediately.

The same is true for Turzilli, who was expected to provide some depth in a wide receiving corps that struggled all of last season. Turzilli started seven of the 24 games he played over the course of three seasons, catching 27 passes for 491 yards and two touchdowns.

"I am extremely proud to have earned my degree," Turzilli said. "I am thankful for all of the relationships I have made during my time at Kansas and I wish the entire program nothing but the best in the future."

Miller was expected to compete for playing time at running back next season. The former top prospect was recruited by former coach Turner Gill and dismissed from the program by Weis shortly after he took over. Miller spent a year in junior college before returning last season.

Still, Miller missed part of the season for what Weis would only call "personal reasons," and it was unclear where he stood in the program entering fall camp.

1. BYUalum
South Jordan, UT,
June 13, 2014

More questions than answers about the highly touted Jake Heaps. Good luck to him in his future life. I am sure he and his parents had speculated after high school that he would have a lucrative NFL career following great college ball. What's next for him now since none of that panned out?

2. Clark W. Griswold
Sandy, Utah,
June 13, 2014

Give it up Heaps, Your a bust!

Best of luck to you in the future!

3. LovelyDeseret
Gilbert, AZ,
June 13, 2014

I think he is a good QB. He should have stuck it out at BYU. I am glad he earned his degree.

4. eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT,
June 13, 2014

Good for him that he earned his degree. I'm not a big fan, but I'm not sure what heaping abuse on this young man by us bloggers will do for him or for us. Like many of us, he's had some big dreams go bust. I wish him well and say let's give the kid the same break we would wish for ourselves in life.

5. evansrichdm
west jordan , UT,
June 13, 2014

Hope you get a degree that can get you a job because I dont see the NFL happening.
You had such promise but your lack of work ethic and not being able to take a hit lead to your downfall. You let you team mates at BYU down therefore you left and did not take the time to regain their respect. You have no one to blame but yourself.