Heaps to UM is huge

Jake Heaps is transferring to Miami, and CanesTime's Mike Bakas explains why this is great news for the Hurricanes.

Miami's quarterback situation didn't look all that promising this past spring after projected starter Ryan Williams went down with a serious knee injury.

Kevin Olsen, a former prep All-American, took over for Williams as the spring game starter and didn't have a real strong performance. He struggled to find open receivers and made numerous mistakes. His performance left a lot of people wondering about Miami's quarterback situation going into the 2014 season.

Gray Crow isn't ready to be the guy to challenge Olsen or Williams. Freshman Brad Kaaya brings high expectations but he's still a freshman and didn't go through spring football with the team.

Things changed, in a big way, on Sunday. Jake Heaps, a former five star recruit from Washington, is transferring to Miami this summer. He will be here in time for the 2014 season, and he will look to provide some competition to Olsen and Williams.

Heaps started most games for two seasons at BYU and one at Kansas. While his passing numbers haven't been tremendous, he has more game experience than Williams (his main advantage over Olsen) and seems to be every bit as talented as Olsen (his main advantage over Williams). He brings a little bit of both at a time when Miami could really use it.

How long Williams will be out for remains to be seen. How quickly Olsen will be ready to lead this team remains to be seen. Those were two big question marks at the most important position on the field for the Hurricanes, and the arrival of Heaps improves that situation tremendously.

Since he's not arriving here until later this summer, his knowledge of James Coley's offense likely won't be real strong but his game experience will likely help him make a smooth transition.

Miami now enters the 2014 season with three legitimate options at the quarterback position. Heaps spent two seasons learning from Charlie Weis, who also tutored Tom Brady during his younger years in New England. He has the tools to become a very good quarterback this season for the Hurricanes.

If I'm Stacy Coley or Clive Walford or Duke Johnson, or any Hurricane fan, today is considered a good day for the Hurricanes.


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