Q&A With New York Jets Quarterback Jake Heaps
Q: Jake, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions. When you were at Skyline High School you lead your team to three straight Washington State titles (2007-2009). Is there one particular game from high school that stands out in your mind as your best performance?
Jake Heaps: There are a bunch of games that come to mind. Probably the one that sticks out the most was my sophomore year state championship game. We were down 35-7 heading into the 4th quarter and we came back to win 42-35. It was an unbelievable game that launched our 3- year run.
Q: Coming out of high school, you were rated as the top quarterback prospect in the country and ultimately decided to commit to BYU. What made you choose BYU over some of the higher profile programs that were recruiting you?
Jake Heaps: I ended up choosing BYU because it was a great program that had a great QB tradition and I was able to have the opportunity to play as a freshman. I am also LDS so my religion played into it also.
Q: After taking over the starting job at BYU during your freshman year, you lead the team to five wins in your final six games and broke Ty Detmer’s freshman TD record in the process. What was it like having that kind of success so early in your college career?
Jake Heaps: It was amazing to be able to have the opportunity to play at a young age in my college career and to have our team finish the season like we did was incredible because we overcame a lot as a team. It was a great experience for me as a player and gave me confidence and excitement for the future.
Q: After enjoying that early success, you were benched 5 games in to your sophomore year and ultimately transferred to Kansas – and then from Kansas to Miami (FL). How frustrating was it to go through that and what did you learn from that experience?
Jake Heaps: It was definitely tough. Through that whole process I learned a lot and grew from it all. I am a firm believer in that God has a plan and it was up to me to make sure that I kept fighting and learning from my experiences and to never doubt myself.
Q: How did you wind up signing with the Jets and what are your goals for this season?
Jake Heaps: I was brought in on a rookie tryout basis for rookie mini-camp and was able to perform at a high level and after the 3 days the Jets wanted to sign me. It was one of the greatest moments of my life because playing in the NFL has been a dream of mine since I was a kid and to have overcome all the obstacles I faced in college it meant so much.
My goals are to live in the moment and take advantage of every opportunity I get to perform. I can’t worry about everything else that is going on around me. All I can do is simply control what I can control and make the best out of my situation.
Q: Do you have a message for Jets fans? Also, how can they find you on social media?
Jake Heaps: I am genuinely stoked to be apart of this amazing organization and will be working my butt off each and everyday. I have been impressed with the passion and dedication Jets fans have and I’m excited to get to know Jets nation more!
Can follow Jake Heaps on Twitter + Instagram: jtheaps9