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BYU football: As ex-star Jake Heaps leaves Kansas, might he return to BYU?

Former BYU and Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps.
Former BYU and Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps.
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Former BYU football star Jake Heaps transferred from the Cougars program after two years and went to Kansas--thanks to a recruit by the name of Taysom Hill who went on to prominence in Provo. Now comes the report that Heaps is leaving Kansas after becoming the starter last year--once his job had been wrested for him at spring camp--and BYU's depth chart at QB is in question.

Does Heaps’ ability to play right away due to his graduation at KU mean that he might come back to Provo? Heaps hasn’t ruled anything out---nor has he commented publicly on where his next school will be.

One thing is for certain: Heaps kind of knows the BYU offense, having played in it for two years--although the style is clearly more uptempo than what he can recall. And, with the Cougars’ current depth chart at quarterback looking more like a roster of has-beens and wannabes after Billy Green decided to transfer, is it even possible to consider such a far-fetched notion?

Heaps threw for just three touchdowns against 10 interceptions for the Kansas Jayhawks and coach Charlie Weis last season--hardly a ringing endorsement for the BYU coaching staff to consider bringing him back into the fold. But, with the Cougars poised to make a run at an undefeated season and perhaps the BCS playoffs, might it be the perfect time to give the once-embattled prodigal son Heaps a second chance?

The chance of BYU bringing Heaps back to a highly successful Cougars program that has flourished since it installed a new system under Robert Anae--who brought the fast-paced offense back with him from Arizona where he learned it--is slim.

But, when you consider that Anae himself was once cast off from Provo--then found his way back to Provo after learning under Rich Rodriguez at Arizona how to make an offense click--then you know anything is possible. So, like anything else in life, and especially at BYU, we would all be wise to consider the possibility--because quarterbacks aren't exactly a dime a dozen in Provo.

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