Former KU quarterback Jake Heaps to transfer to Miami

06/15/2014 5:25 PM

06/15/2014 6:10 PM

Former Kansas Jayhawk Jake Heaps is heading to the University of Miami, a program that could be in need of a starting quarterback.

Miami coach Al Golden announced the transfer in a news release on Sunday, just two days after Heaps made his departure from Kansas official.

Heaps, a former top recruit, began his career at Brigham Young before spending the last two seasons at KU. He sat out the 2012 season because of transfer rules and claimed the starting job in 2013. Heaps was often erratic in his only season as the Kansas starter. He completed 49 of his passes while throwing for eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and he lost the starting job to sophomore Montell Cozart in the spring.

According to Kansas coach Charlie Weis, Heaps is expected to graduate from Kansas this month and be eligible right away as a graduate transfer. Heaps remained mum about his next destination after announcing his transfer.

The Hurricanes have an opening at quarterback. Senior quarterback Ryan Williams suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a spring scrimmage. He underwent surgery in April, and his status for the 2014 season remains in question. Miami redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen was thought to be next in line to start after Williams’ injury, but Heaps would provide experience at the position.

Once considered a can’t-miss recruit, Heaps was rated as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the nation in the class of 2010. A native of Sammamish, Wash., Heaps chose BYU over a long list of top programs.

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