Tag:Transfer Rumors
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: January 14, 2011 11:41 am
Edited on: January 14, 2011 11:47 am

Forcier's father says Tate wants to play at UM

Posted by Chip Patterson

Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier did not have a great 2010.  He lost the starting position to Denard Robinson, found himself caught up in some academic issues, and recently was not even confirmed as a member of the team by new head coach Brady Hoke.  Mike Forcier, Tate's father, recently reached out to the media to try and clear up the situation.  With the reports that Forcier was not enrolled in classes this semester, many assumed that the quarterback was planning to transfer.  His father says otherwise.

"Tate wants to stay (at U-M)," Mike Forcier told TheWolverine. "I didn't come with a moving van. Our intent is to do whatever is necessary for him to rejoin the team and become a student-athlete again. We haven't talked to any other schools and we won't until we've exhausted every resource here. But Tate wants to stay and we want him to stay."

Forcier's future in Ann Arbor is murky, but if the sophomore from San Diego is able to make his way back onto the field the Wolverines will be in a much better position in 2011.  If Robinson returns, new coach Brady Hoke could re-open starting competition between the quarterbacks.  It would be a chance for Forcier to new his career, even if it was in a splitting-snap scenario with Robinson.
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:38 am

Taylor Martinez plans to return to Lincoln

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It feels as though Taylor Martinez has already gone through two seasons at Nebraska.  There was the first half of his freshman year in which he lit up opposing defenses and had Nebraska fans producing songs for him.  Then there was the second half of the season.  The one that saw Martinez battle through a myriad of leg injuries, get chewed out by Bo Pelini, and ultimately ended with a loss to Washington at the Holiday Bowl.

Following that nationally televised dressing down, rumors began to pop up that Martinez was looking to transfer from Nebraska.  Rumors that have persisted to this day, two months later.  So much so, in fact, that Martinez felt the need to release a statement on Wednesday night to let everyone know he has no plans to leave Nebraska.

“To dismiss any rumors on my thoughts of transferring I’d like to state that I am anxious to get back to Nebraska Sunday evening and look forward to getting healthy and getting my strength and speed back,” said Martinez. “I also look forward to using these past year’s experiences and challenges to help me become a better all around person, football player and leader.

“I feel that with the players that we have coming back, along with the new talent that is coming into the Husker program that we will have great success for many years under coach [Bo] Pelini.”

Let's just hope he doesn't make any more phone calls to his father from the locker room.

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