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Despite reports, KU quarterback Jake Heaps still a Jayhawk

Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps looks at the scoreboard after coming off the field against Texas Tech during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps looks at the scoreboard after coming off the field against Texas Tech during the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

April 29, 2014

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Radio reports from Utah and a Tweet from ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy have indicated that Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps is transferring.

However, KU coach Charlie Weis, through a KU spokesperson, said that Heaps was at a team meeting early Tuesday evening and was still listed on the KU roster.

Heaps, who came to Kansas from BYU prior to the 2012 season, sat out his first season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules and stepped in as the starter for the 2013 season.

He started nine games last season and threw for 1,414 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 appearances but was replaced by true freshman Montell Cozart, who started the final three games of 2013. Cozart followed that up by out-dueling Heaps for the starting job during spring practices.

Cozart officially was named KU's starter on April 17 and that move may have led Heaps, a senior-to-be and former five-star recruit who was ranked as the nation's No. 1 pro style quarterback during his senior season at Skyline High in Washington, to consider his options for the future.

Heaps set all kinds of freshman passing records at BYU in 2010 but lost his job there during 2011 and left to play for Charlie Weis at Kansas.

He committed to KU the same week that Weis landed another former five-star QB, Notre Dame's Dayne Crist, a move that sent KU football fans into a frenzy.

Despite showing solid leadership qualities and constantly being called great teammates while at Kansas, neither player consistently showed that five-star pedigree during games and KU's coaching staff continued to play musical chairs at the game's most important position.

According to Jordan Buscarini, host of Drive Time Sports on Utah-based KOAL radio, Heaps has been given permission to seek a transfer to the following schools: Utah State, Southern Utah, Eastern Illinois, SMU, Boise State, Montana State, Northern Colorado, Fresno State and Hawaii.

The KU spokesperson said it was unknown where that list came from.

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