After a lengthy teleconference, here are the Cliff Notes on UM graduate transfer QB Jake Heaps, who played two years at BYU before transferring to Kansas, sitting out a year there and playing last season at Kansas:
(He was completely friendly and open and talkative. More to come after I transcribe fully.)
** He said "it's absolutely vital" that he wins the starting quarterback job. "I didn't come here to be the backup.''
** He arrived in late June and has been basically living in the UM football facilities unless he's sleeping.''
** His wife arrives Wednesday and they already have an apartment ready to move into.
** He thinks coach Al Golden is "doing things the right way.'' He is impressed with Golden's attention to detail and doing things right.
** He said there has been no dissension among the quarterbacks or any of the teammates regarding his arrival, and that everyone has been welcoming and supportive. "Many times you're in a situation with quarteback battles [and] it's very easy to find a team that has a divided locker room, that in a lot of situations don't handle this situation very well. It's a testament to the group of guys in this quarterback room that there hasn't been any division. Everybody has an understanding that we're all trying to do what's best for this team.''
** He said he's been through transitions to new playbooks before, and a big part of it is adjusting to the new language.
** He said he is impressed with all the talent around him.
** He said he's been here for one month "and it's been vital for me to get in front of these guys, show them that I'm a hard worker, show them what kind of guy I am; let them get to know me; let them see me throw. The only way they're going to jump on board or I'm going to gain their respect is by them watching me and interracting with me. I've tried to come in and be nobody else but myself and come in and work hard and show these guys how much I love the game of football. ...I think they've come to an understanding that this guy is all about the team and is all about wanting to do whatever it takes to win. That's been important. It's gone extremely well. I'm extremely excited to be on this team. These guys are great. They've embraced me and have welcomed me in and I'm very grateful for that.''
** He's "loving'' the Miami culture. He said he went to church his first Sunday here and had to "wear a translator.'' He said he loves the diversity and is "soaking it all in.''
** He described the fan base as "passionate.''
** He said he'll play every down like it's his last.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN