BYU QB Jake Heaps to transfer

BYU quarterback Jake Heaps has decided to transfer after losing his starting job this season.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall made the announcement in a statement Monday.

Heaps lost his starting job to Riley Nelson after the Utah State game. Nelson took his newfound opportunity and played well, making it clear he would be the starter going into 2012. Heaps is a sophomore with two years of eligibility left. He won't be with the team for the bowl game, but has yet to decide where he will go.

In an interview with Northwest Elite Index, Heaps said a weight was lifted off his shoulders in coming to this decision.

"I thought choosing a program when I was being recruited out of high school was hard, but it pales in comparison to making this decision," he said. "I have made so many friends here, and not just on the football team. People that will be friends of mine the rest of my life. I really respect and like Coach Mendenhall, he’s a great man. I’ve learned a lot about football from Coach [Brandon] Doman. There are so many great guys on this team, it’s going to be really hard to leave them. I’ve had some time to think about this decision and it’s not one I came to lightly. I have no idea where I’m going to end up, and haven’t talked to anyone. There are a lot of great programs out there, and I’m excited to do some research and find the right fit."