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Posted on: January 27, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Former Kansas QB Berglund granted release

Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Kansas quarterback Brock Berglund has faced a long legal journey to get back on the playing field, and now is one step closer to that goal after receiving an official release from his scholarship agreement with Kansas.

Berglund was one six Jayhawks dismissed on Dec. 16, reportedly for missing a mandatory team meeting. The sophomore quarterback spent most of the 2011 season dealing with assault charges, which were recently dropped, in his home state of Colorado. Berglund told local media he had hoped to re-join the Jayhawks, but the actions and attitude of Charlie Weis and the staff - Berglund said he found out about his dismissal on Twitter - have led him to seek other opportunities.

On Friday, Kansas issued an official release regarding Berglund's status with the school.

“Today, Brock Berglund is released from his scholarship at KU to pursue other opportunities," head coach Charlie Weis said in a prepared statement. "Brock and his representatives have publicly stated their case without any public response from me to this point. Brock spent the majority of the past calendar year in Colorado taking online courses at KU’s expense, which was nearly $40,000. At no time was Brock an active participant of the football team. Once competition was recruited at the quarterback position, Brock decided he no longer wanted to be a part of the team. He was expected to show up for a mandatory team meeting on Sunday, Jan. 15, but he sent an email less than two hours before the meeting to inform us that he had decided to transfer and would not be attending the meeting. He was dismissed after following through on that promise."

Weis' defense of his actions continues:

"Although Brock has been granted his release, I only wish that he had showed the same courtesy that other players showed and came to talk to me. He decided that he did not have to follow the same protocol as the other departing members of the football team. I believe no individual should be more important than the team. Brock did not see it that way.”

It is time that both sides wash their hands and move on, but Weis did make sure he got in the last word. That "recruited competition" Weis mentions in the statement refers to former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist and former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps, both enrolled this semester at Kansas.

Berglund, a nationally ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2011 class, flipped his commitment from Colorado to Kansas after Dan Hawkins' dismissal. This is not a huge blow to the Jayhawks' depth at the position, and his relationship with the new staff obviously did not get off to a great start.

CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd writes that Charlie Weis has people mentioning Kansas football. For better or worse, at least they are talking. Column

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Posted on: January 19, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Kansas won't release Berglund from scholarship

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Monday Kansas announced that it had dismissed 6 players from the team, including backup quarterback Brock Berglund. On Tuesday Berglund told the Lawrence Journal-World that he found out about his dismissal on Twitter, along with the rest of the world.

Now we find out that while Berglund has been dismissed from the team by Charlie Weis, the new head coach in Lawrence isn't making things easy for Berglund, as he is yet to release him from his scholarship.

This is an excerpt from the release written up by Berglund's attorney and sent to members of the media on Thursday.
Colorado Springs, CO. January 19, 2012 — The University of Kansas (KU) football program has a new coach, Charlie Weis, and several high-profile transfers from other programs. Fortunately for KU, schools such as Notre Dame, BYU and Oklahoma have released incoming KU transfers, quarterback Dayne Crist, quarterback Jake Heaps and receiver Justin McCay, from their respective commitments to those programs.

Unfortunately for Brock Berglund, KU, however, has refused to extend the same courtesy.

Berglund, a freshman, was heavily recruited out of high school, and accepted a scholarship to KU in 2010, primarily because of the bond formed between him and then-coach Turner Gill during the recruiting process. Gill assured Berglund that his quarterbacking skill set was a perfect fit for the KU offense, and that he expected Berglund to compete for the starter's role right away. However, KU terminated Gill and his staff at the end of the season, and hired Charlie Weis as its head coach.

Shortly thereafter, Weis successfully landed his high-profile transfers -- all of whom he had previously recruited out of high school when he was head coach at Notre Dame. In December, 2011, Berglund was informed during a short conversation with new quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus that Crist, the Irish's former starting quarterback, would start for the KU football team in 2012, and that Berglund was only competing for the backup quarterback position. Given the change in coaching staffs and offensive philosophies, and the abrupt demotion, in December 2011, Berglund requested permission from KU to enable him to speak with other Division I-A football programs about a possible transfer.
Until Berglund is released from his scholarship he cannot speak to other Division 1-A schools about a transfer without Kansas permission. This despite the fact that Kansas and Weis have already dismissed him from the team.

So, to recap, Charlie Weis came to Kansas and brought his own quarterbacks with him. Then, after dismissing Berglund from the team -- a decision in itself that I have no problem with -- he refuses to release him from his scholarship.

So Berglund can't play for Weis or anybody else. Such a nice guy, that Charlie Weis.

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Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Plenty of roster turnover at Kansas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On the day that Charlie Weis introduced his three new transfers to the Kansas football team, the Jayhawks also bid farewell to ten others.

The school announced on Monday that six players had been dismissed from the program, including quarterback Brock Berglund, running back Damian Miller, wide receiver Keeston Terry and defensive end Tyrone Sellers. The players were all dismissed for academic or behavioral issues.

"You can't make decisions on how good they are. You have to make decisions on doing the right thing," said Weis.

There were also three players who are no longer a part of the Kansas football team, but remain enrolled in school. The list includes starting quarterback Jordan Webb. Webb started all 12 games for the Jayhawks this season, throwing for 1,884 yards and 13 touchdowns. His decision to leave the football team likely had a lot to do with the fact that two of the three transfers being introduced on Monday were quarterbacks Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps.

While Heaps has to sit out the 2012 season due to his transfer, as a graduate student, Dayne Crist will be eligible to play right away for the Jayhawks next season. Which relegates Webb to the role of backup.

It's possible that Webb could plan on finishing up his degree at Kansas this spring and then transfer to another school to play next fall just like Crist.

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Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Report: Jake Heaps to visit Kansas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems that Charlie Weis is looking for his own quarterback as he takes over the Kansas program. He's already had a visit from former Notre Dame quarterback and Weis recruit Dayne Crist, and now according to JayhawkSlant.com (subscription required), former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps will be making a visit to Lawrence as well.

Heaps announced that he was leaving BYU in early December. He came into the 2011 season as the team's starting quarterback but lost the job to Riley Nelson. Heaps threw for 3,768 yards and 24 touchdowns while at BYU, but it was the 17 interceptions he also threw that helped him find his way to the bench.

Now, just because Crist is considering transferring to Kansas next season, that doesn't mean the school can't bring in both Crist and Heaps if both players want to become Jayhawks. Since Crist has already graduated from Notre Dame, much like Russell Wilson did with Wisconsin this season, he could transfer to Kansas and play right away in 2012. Heaps will have to sit out the 2012 season, so it's not as if he'd lose playing time in Lawrence if Crist transferred as well.

Crist is expected to choose between Wisconsin and Kansas in the next week. As for Heaps, there's no timetable on his decision. 
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Jake Heaps transferring from BYU

Posted by Chip Patterson

Highly touted sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps has decided to transfer from BYU, head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced on Monday.

“Jake has decided to leave the program in pursuit of a fresh start for he and his young family,” Mendenhall said in an official release. “Jake is a great young man with tremendous potential and someone I deeply care about. I am sorry to see him leave this wonderful institution yet anxious to follow his future development and success.”

Heaps started ten games as a freshman in 2010, setting school freshman passing records for yards, touchdowns, and wins. After starting the first five games in 2011, Heaps was replaced at the starting position by junior Riley Nelson. Early last month Heaps deflected questions regarding possible transfer or redshirt, committing to "give my 100 percent and commit to this team and this program throughout the rest of the season."

With the season complete, Heaps is now committed to looking for a new home. Mason Kelly, of the Seattle Times, listed Washington, Washington State, Cal and USC as possible destinations for the sophomore quarterback. Heaps leaves BYU having completed 363 of 635 passes for 3,768 yards, 24 touchdowns 17 interceptions in his brief stint with the Cougars.

BYU will face Tulsa in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30. BYU announced junior quarterback James Lark as the new backup behind Nelson. You can check out the entire bowl schedule here.

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Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:36 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 2:37 pm
 

BYU's Jake Heaps may redshirt

Posted by Tom Fornelli

After playing in every game as a freshman in 2010, BYU quarterback Jake Heaps began his sophomore season as the team's starting quarterback in 2011, starting the first five games of the season before being replaced by junior Riley Nelson against Utah State. Since then Heaps has only seen some spot action in a blowout victory over Idaho State.

As you'd expect, there's been a lot of speculation about what the highly-recruited Heaps will do, with some wondering if he'll transfer from the school. Heaps wouldn't really address those comments, but he has been talking with head coach Bronco Mendenhall about the possibility of redshirting for a season.

"I am just not worried about it right now," Heaps told The Salt Lake Tribune. "You know, I am not worried about it, and I think everybody else should not think about whether I am going to be here or not, or whether I am going to redshirt or not, or whatever the case may be. It is taking away from this team and what we have going on for us the rest of the season. I mean, all our guys are worried about, all I am worried about, is coming to practice today, and then coming to practice tomorrow and the next day. And then we play Idaho, so really just taking this day by day. I am going to give my 100 percent and commit to this team and this program throughout the rest of the season. So that's all I am focused on." 

Redshirting next season may be an idea that makes some sense. Nelson has played very well in Heaps' place, passing for 1,048 yards, 12 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions since taking the job. By redshirting next year, it would allow Heaps another season of eligibliity while Nelson finishes out his career at BYU and allow Heaps two seasons to start.

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Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:41 pm
 

QUICK HITS: No. 24 Texas 17, BYU 16


Posted by Jerry Hinnen

TEXAS WON: 
It wasn't always a thing of beauty -- in fact, it was very rarely a thing of beauty -- but after 2010, no doubt Mack Brown will take it. The Longhorn defense held their visitors from Provo to just three points over the game's final 43 minutes, enabling an inconsistent 'Horn offense to slowly erase an early 13-0 deficit. Brown will no doubt be particularly pleased by that offense's effort on the ground--the notoriously ground-shy 'Horns ground out 167 yards on 42 attempts, controlling the clock with freshman Malcolm Brown (68 yards) and backup quarterback David Ash (36).

WHY TEXAS WON: 
In the end, the Cougars didn't have much of an answer once Texas fully committed to their running game. The 'Horns two second-half touchdown drives featured run-pass ratios of 5-to-2 and 5-to-3, with another second-half drive checking in at 9-to-3 and eating up 6 minutes before ending on downs in BYU territory. Texas also ended the game with back-to-back first downs mostly earned on the ground.

But those drives also wouldn't have been quite as successful without some measure of balance, and that balance was due in large part to Jaxon Shipley. Shipley finished with just three receptions, but all of them came at key moments in the second half (including a critical 3rd-and-9 conversion on the game-winning touchdown drive). And for good measure, he also played a key role in the Bryan Harsin/Boise State special that ended the game; it was Shipley who took a Wildcat handoff and threw back to Ash for the icing first down. 

Texas still needs a dramatic amount of improvement in the passing game; nominal quarterback starter Garrett Gilbert was a disaster, completing as many of his eight passes to BYU (2) as he did to his own receivers. But backup Case McCoy provided a lift, completing 7-of-8 for 57 yards. Not that the rest of college football will want to hear it, but McCoy-to-Shipley could provide the foundation for that improvement.

WHEN TEXAS WON: The Shipley-to-Ask trick play put things beyond doubt, but it was Quandre Diggs' interception of Jake Heaps on the Cougars' previous possession that more-or-less finished things; as gassed as the Cougars were by that stage and as well as Texas was running the ball, the Longhorns running the little remaining clock dry was all but a foregone conclusion.

WHAT TEXAS WON: Thanks to their obvious issues on offense and BYU's own relative lack of firepower in their two games, the victory may not move the Longhorns' needle all that much where the polls or expectations are concerned. But this was also the kind of game that Brown's team would have found a way to lose last year, particularly after falling behind 13-0, and every week that goes by without a loss is another week for the young 'Horns to improve, adjust to Harsin and Manny Diaz, and prepare for the bigger challenges to come.

WHAT BYU LOST: Whatever slim hopes BYU might have had for a crazy BCS bowl run in their first year of independence, we guess. But this is also two straight weeks with a single offensive touchdown; while the Cougars have proven themselves capable of grinding out first downs and extended drives, Bronco Mendenhall may have to work on his team's confidence in either finishing those drives or finding the occasional big play.
Posted on: March 14, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Spring Practice Primer: BYU

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

College Football has no offseason. Every coach knows that the preparation for September begins now, in Spring Practice. So we here at the Eye on College Football  will get you ready as teams open spring ball with our Spring Practice Primers . Today, we look at BYU , who opens spring camp today.


Spring Practice Question: Can the BYU offense catch up with its defense?

Pop quiz, hotshot, and no cheating: was it BYU's offense or their defense that finished some 42 spots behind the other in national total yardage and managed to get its coordinator fired midseason?

If you said "defense" you're ... partially right. It's a trick question, since Bronco Mendenhall dismissed previous defensive boss Jaime Hill immediately following the Cougars' embarrassing 31-16 capitulation to traditional in-state punching bag Utah State on Oct. 1. But in the wake of that move, the Cougar defense improved dramatically, holding six of their final eight opponents to 21 points or fewer as BYU rallied from a 1-4 start to a 7-6 finish. When the dust had settled, the Cougar defense had posted a perfectly-respectable 24th-place finish in the FBS in total defense.

That should tell you, then, that despite the program's longstanding (and Steve Young/Jim McMahon know we mean long) reputation for aerial circus offenses and broken scoreboards, it was primarily the Cougar offense that kept BYU from getting over the .500 mark until a waltz past UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl. Behind the platoon of true freshman Jake Heaps and junior Riley Nelson -- and eventually just Heaps, after Nelson was lost for the year with a shoulder injury in late September -- the Cougar quarterbacks finished 100th in FBS with a miserable 115.09 quarterback rating. Though often-overlooked Cougar running game wasn't terrible (42nd in rushing offense, earning 4.2 yards per-carry), it wasn't nearly explosive enough to offset the ugly, flailing passing attack through the season's first half. Though Heaps eventually got his feet underneath him, the Cougars scored just 16 points or fewer six times--and lost all six. Their final finish in total offense? 72nd, a 52-spot drop from the top-20 unit of 2009.

The good news for Cougar fans is that if the secondary can be rebuilt -- three of the four 2010 starters have graduated, including first-team All-Mountain West safety Andrew Rich -- the defense should be able to maintain the gains of late 2010. Mendenhall took over the defense himself in the wake of Hill's departure and will stay in that capacity this season; with his oversight and five members of the starting front seven back, BYU should be particularly stout against the run. (The two losses in that front seven, all-league defensive end Vic So'oto and leading tackler Shane Hunter, aren't insignificant. But up-and-coming talents like sophomore linebacker Kyle Van Noy, junior tackle Eathyn Manumaleuna and junior linebacker Brandon Ogletree should keep things intact.)

So what about the offense? There's several big reasons for optimism:
  • Start with Heaps. After his rocky start, he looked every part the prototypical BYU quarterback down the stretch, putting together a 13-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio over his final five games and averaging a robust 8.2 yards per-attempt in that span. Not coincidentally, BYU went 4-1 in those five games with the loss by a single point to Utah and the wins by an average of 37 points.
  • Four members of the 2010 starting offensive line return, including two-time first team All-Mountain West selection Matt Reynolds. With a future NFL left tackle to build around, the second-fewest number of sacks allowed in the MWC a year ago, and an abundance of experience, the Cougar line should be poised to improve by leaps and bounds in 2011.
  • The return of all three of the Cougars' top rushers from 2010, including senior J.J. DiLuigi (917 yards) and sophomore Bryan Kariya (537). BYU may also get a spark from sophomore Joshua Quezada, who averaged an impressive 5.1 yards a carry as a freshman.
  • The top three receivers return as well in another dynamic sophomore, wideout Cody Hoffman (527 yards), DiLuigi (443 out of the backfield) and senior McKay Jacobson (410). Though the Cougar wideouts will have to do more to stretch the field (no receiver with more than 8 catches averaged more than Hoffman's 12.6 yards per-reception), Hepas won't lack for options to target.
  • Though it will be his first season calling plays, new offensive coordinator Brandon Doman has enough of a pedigree at BYU to believe he'll be able to continue the Cougar high-flying offensive tradition.
So things look promising ... on paper. We'll find out this spring practice if Mendenhall and the Cougars can actually put that potential into, well, practice. Is Heaps ready to take the next step into stardom? Can DiLuigi (or Quezada?) find that extra bit of explosiveness that would make the Cougar running game really hum? Is the line ready to perform to expectations? Is Doman fully up to the task?

With this being BYU's first season to prove their plan for football independence can work ... and the defense in position to turn this into a special season if the offense pulls its weight this time ... and the schedule kicking off with a challenging at Ole Miss -at Texas -vs. Utah slate for the first three weeks that will leave little time for adjusting on the fly ... there may be no better time for the answers to those questions to be "yes."
 
 
 
 
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