Former Skyline High School quarterback Jake Heaps will transfer from the University of Kansas, the school announced Friday.
The news release indicated only that Heaps would “explore other opportunities.” He is scheduled to graduate at the end of June and would be able to play right away at a new school.
Heaps, considered the No. 1 quarterback in the country coming out of high school, played two seasons at Brigham Young before losing the starting job and transferring. He ended up at Kansas with coach Charlie Weis.
“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.”
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Heaps won the starting job at Kansas last season, but he lost it by the end of the year. He couldn’t reclaim it this spring, and reports surfaced that he was transferring. Heaps was quiet on the issue for a month, and nothing official was announced until Friday.
Heaps has completed only 55 percent of his passes in his three-year career at BYU and Kansas, and he has thrown nearly as many interceptions (27) as he has touchdowns (32). He completed only 49 percent of his passes for KU last season and threw more interceptions (nine) than touchdowns (eight).
Washington’s Derrick Daigre finished eighth in the 800 meters at the NCAA track championships in Eugene, Ore., to earn the first team points of the week for the Huskies. Daigre, out of Kent, got to the front of the pack on the first lap and was sitting nicely in third with 300 meters to go. However, he then started to lose ground and finished in 1 minutes, 50.83 seconds. For the Washington women, Liberty Miller took 10th in the steeplechase with a personal best of 10:03.34 and Diamara Planell Cruz tied for 10th in the pole vault at 13-7¼. In the team standings, Oregon’s men lead with 53 points, followed by Florida with 28. Oregon also tops the team standings on the women’s side with 43 points, followed by Texas A&M with 41. Arizona’s Lawi Lalang, though, wasn’t fazed by the hometown fans rooting for rival Edward Cheserek of Oregon during their Hayward Field battle in the 5,000. Lalang finished in a meet-record 13:18.36 for his eighth NCAA title. Cheserek took the lead on the final lap, but defending champion Lalang pulled back in front on the final 100 meters for the dramatic finish in one of the best races of the night. Cheserek, the 10,000 winner Wednesday night, finished in 13.18.71.
Eastern Washington men’s coach Jim Hayford has a new five-year contract that replaces the final two years of his current agreement, In three seasons at the school, Hayford is 40-54 overall and 25-31 in the Big Sky Conference. The Eagles were 15-16 overall and 10-10 in the Big Sky last season.