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Reports say KU backup quarterback Jake Heaps will transfer

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 8:13 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 8:49 a.m.

— Two reports that surfaced Tuesday evening indicated that Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps will transfer to another school for his senior season.

Jordan Buscarini, a host on Utah-based KOAL radio, reported that Heaps was leaving KU before ESPN’s Brett McMurphy confirmed the report, citing an anonymous source.

Kansas coach Charlie Weis, through a KU official, said that Heaps was at a team meeting on Tuesday. Two sources close to Heaps also told The Star that they had not heard the news about a transfer. But KU didn’t specifically deny the reports in question.

Heaps recently lost the starting quarterback job to sophomore Montell Cozart during a spring quarterback competition. A transfer from BYU, Heaps arrived at Kansas in early 2012, alongside fellow transfer Dayne Crist. Heaps and Crist, both former top recruits, offered much promise but neither produced much on the field. After sitting out the 2012 season, Heaps completed 49 percent of his passes in 2013 while throwing for 1,414 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

After beginning the season as the starter, he was replaced by Cozart at midseason before sharing snaps down the stretch.

Because Heaps has just one season of eligibility remaining, his transfer options would be limited. He would either need to graduate from Kansas and use a graduate-transfer waiver to play right away at another Division I FBS school or transfer to a lower NCAA division school.


To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/rustindodd.

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