Kansas confirms departure of QB Jake Heaps, two others

Kansas confirms departure of QB Jake Heaps, two others

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Jake Heaps' Kansas career is officially over. (USATSI)
Jake Heaps' Kansas career is officially over. (USATSI)
In late April, reports strongly suggested that former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps was leaving Kansas after Charlie Weis named Montell Cozart the Jayhawks' starting quarterback.

At the time, Weis declined to say Heaps' decision was final. No longer: per the Associated Press, Kansas issued a statement Friday announcing that the former five-star recruit and two other Jayhawk players have left the program.

Wide receiver Andrew Turzilli, who caught 7 passes in 2013, graduated in May. Weis said running back Darrian Miller had left the team for "personal reasons." Both players were expected to see playing time in 2014.

Heaps appeared in 11 games in his only season at Kansas, completing 49 percent of his passes and posting an 8-to-10 touchdown to interception ratio as the Jayhawks finished 3-9. Weis held an open competition for the starting quarterback job in spring practice and named Cozart his No. 1 afterwards.

A top-100 overall prospect and the No. 3 quarterback in the class of 2010 when he signed with BYU out of Sammamish, Wash., Heaps earned the Cougars' starting job before losing it again and joining the Jayhawks.

Heaps will graduate at the end of June and has one season of eligibility remaining, meaning he could be immediately eligible for the 2014 season at a new school. But per the AP, it's not clear if Heaps plans to continue his career at this juncture or not.

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