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Kansas transfer to vie for starting QB position.

Stacy Revere

The following release came out from UM this evening:

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Kansas QB Jake Heaps has signed a financial aid agreement and will transfer to the University of Miami, head coach Al Golden announced Sunday.

Heaps spent his junior season in 2013 with the Jayhawks, earning second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors. He was voted as one of the team captains. He played in 11 games, starting nine, and threw for 1,414 yards with eight TDs.

The 6-foot-1 product from Sammamish, Wash., began his college career at BYU, where he played in 2010 and 2011. As a freshman in 2010, Heaps set every BYU freshman QB record, including passing yards (2,316), touchdowns (15) and wins (6). He was named New Mexico Bowl MVP and was later named honorable mention Freshman All-America by College Football News.

As a sophomore in 2011, he threw for 1,452 yards and nine TDs in nine games, making six starts. He sat out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules after transferring to Kansas.

Our take: Obviously with Ryan Williams' health a major question mark, and redshirt freshman Kevn Olsen and true freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier the major candidates to start the season, picking up an experienced QB would seem a desirable move. But Heaps by no means is a sure fire solution.  Anytime a player is in his third program in 4 seasons, he comes with baggage. He certainly has the talent to be a D1 starter, but last season's 49% completion percentage and 8/10 TD/INT ratio under Charlie Weis are certainly disconcerting numbers.  Give credit to the coaches for finding another option but hold off on handing him the reigns just yet.

Heaps 2009 highlights: