Miami added another quarterback to its competition this weekend as it continues to look for a replacement for Stephen Morris. Head coach Al Golden announced on Sunday that former Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps has signed a financial aid agreement and will transfer to UM.
Heaps is scheduled to graduate from Kansas at the end of the month and will be eligible to play for the Hurricanes immediately, according to NCAA transfer rules. He also immediately becomes the only healthy quarterback on Miami’s roster to have started a collegiate game.
Ryan Williams, who was the backup to Morris, was expected to be starter this season but he tore his ACL late during spring practice, throwing Miami’s quarterback situation into the unknown. The injury moved redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen to No. 1 spot on the depth chart ahead of sophomore Gray Crow. Heaps will also compete with incoming freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier, who both reported to school in May.
Heaps was a five-star prospect coming out of high school and began his career at BYU, where he played in 13 games while starting 10, setting every BYU freshman quarterback record in the process including passing yards (2,316), touchdowns (15) and wins (6). He was also named MVP of the New Mexico Bowl and honorable mention freshman All-American by College Football News.
However, he struggled as a sophomore and only started six games, throwing for 1,452 yards and nine touchdowns before transferring to Kansas in December of 2011. After sitting out the 2012 season, Heaps played in 11 games, starting nine, and threw 1,414 yards with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. According to the Kansas City Star, Heaps didn’t appear to fit the style of new offensive coordinator John Reagan, and by mid May, Kansas head coach Charlie Weis appeared comfortable with Heaps’ inevitable departure.
Williams on the other hand has told family members he plans to play this season, even targeting the Nebraska game on Sept. 20 as his return. While he remains optimistic, Miami decided to find some insurance elsewhere, leading to Heaps’ arrival in Coral Gables. The Hurricanes open their season at Louisville on Labor Day.