Ryan Williams, who was the backup to Morris, was expected to enter next season as Miami's starting quarterback, but he is recovering from a knee injury. That leaves redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen, sophomore Gary Crow and incoming freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier competing for the job. Heaps, from Sammamish, Washington, started his college career at BYU after being one of the top quarterbacks in the 2010 recruiting class. He threw for 2,316 yards and 15 touchdowns as a freshman for the Cougars, but struggled as a sophomore, starting six games. He transferred to Kansas and after sitting out 2012, had a disappointing 2013 with the Jayhawks. He completed 49 percent of his passes last season, with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. - AP Sports
04/17/2014 - Sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart has won the starting job at Kansas, beating out Jake Heaps and T.J. Millweard after a strong spring game. Cozart was 6 of 10 for 58 yards while running for 70 yards and two touchdowns in a leading his blue team to a 20-10 victory over the white team last Saturday. Heaps, who lost the starting job to Cozart last season, was just 3 of 9 for 41 yards. Millweard, a transfer from UCLA, was 2 of 8 for 16 yards. Weis opened the quarterback competition in spring practice, and it was expected to continue into the fall. Instead, he said in a brief statement Thursday that Cozart earned the job. The Jayhawks open their season Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State. - AP Sports
09/21/2013 - Walk-on kicker Matt Wyman hit a 52-yard field goal with no time left, sending Kansas to a 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday and ending a 22-game losing streak against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision. Jake Heaps threw for 279 yards and a touchdown for the Jayhawks (2-1), who hadn't defeated another FBS team since beating Northern Illinois on Sept. 10, 2011. James Sims added 78 yards rushing, while Tony Pierson had nine catches for 82 yards.
Louisiana Tech (1-3) was poised to score the go-ahead touchdown with when it marched to the Kansas 18 with 1:33 left. Kenneth Dixon got the carry and was fighting for extra yardage when the ball popped loose inside the 5-yard line, and the Jayhawks' Keon Stowers recovered it. The Bulldogs also lost a fumble inside the 5 earlier in the fourth quarter. - AP Sports
09/09/2013 - Kansas entered the season without much respect, a consensus choice to again finish last in the Big 12 after two straight winless seasons in league play. Those skids remain intact, but the Jayhawks at least ended an 11-game losing streak by toppling South Dakota in their season opener. In doing so, the Jayhawks again relied heavily on their best position group, the running backs.
To break through against league rivals, however, coach Charlie Weis said throughout the offseason that Kansas needs to establish balance. Jake Heaps, who took over as the new starting quarterback, never really looked in sync with receivers while going 10-of-20 for 110 yards, with one touchdown. "He had a couple drops and a couple throw-aways, and those throw-aways count as incompletes too,'' Weis said. "I think there were a few really nice touch passes and a few really nice downfield throws.'' - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - James Sims scored twice and Jake Heaps passed for 110 yards and one TD in his much-anticipated debut, leading Kansas past South Dakota 31-14 Saturday night and matching the Jayhawks' entire victory total of 2012. His yardage may not look impressive. But Heaps displayed a strong arm and a quick release in his first action since transferring from BYU, where he smashed most freshman passing records, and sitting out last season while the Jayhawks sank to 1-11 in Charlie Weis' first year as coach.
He was 10 for 20 and several of his misses probably could have been caught. The Jayhawks (1-0) rushed for 280 yards against the lower-division Coyotes (1-1) with Sims going 94 yards on 16 carries. Josh Vander Maten was 8 for 18 for 67 yards and one touchdown for South Dakota. He also had 78 of the South Dakota's 219 yards rushing. - AP Sports
09/06/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Jake Heaps, a BYU transfer, will try to energize the passing attack after Kansas ranked last in the Big 12 a year ago. Teams that cannot throw in the Big 12 usually struggle and that was the case with the Jayhawks. Heaps gained a command of the system by sitting out a year, but must regain the form he displayed his first year at BYU, when he set freshman records for passing yards, TDs and wins. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - Kansas coach Charlie Weis is following a familiar game plan and hoping for different results. One year ago he entered his first season at Kansas with high-profile transfer Dayne Crist under center. Crist played for Weis at Notre Dame and expectations were high that Crist would lead the Jayhawks to a dramatic turnaround. Instead he wound up getting benched during a miserable 1-11 season.
Now, Weis has another high-profile transfer in Jake Heaps, the former BYU quarterback whom Weis recruited while he was with the Fighting Irish. While the comparisons to Crist are inevitable, Weis and Heaps are confident the results will be different. ''Dayne was coming off a couple injuries and a bit beat down,'' Weis said. ''That's really not been the case with Jake.''
So far, Heaps has impressed his teammates with his knowledge, ability to analyze defenses and grasp of Weis' complex offense. ''I look at Jake like a second coach on the football field,'' flanker Tony Pierson said. ''He tells you what's right and what's wrong. He knows what they're doing, every position.'' - AP Sports
08/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Jake Heaps, a BYU transfer, has already been assured the quarterback job, despite the problems that arose with Notre Dame transfer Dayne Crist, who also was promised the position and struggled badly this season. If Heaps can handle the obligation and meet the expectations Kansas coach Charlie Weis seems are possible, then the Jayhawks' passing game should be rekindled. If not, 2013 could be another long season. - The Sports Xchange