It's now July of 2009, and Jake Heaps is doing his best to make sure Cougar fans don't have to relive the end of 2008 again. Heaps, a junior quarterback from Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash., has become the most-recognized face for BYU recruiting this side of Cougars Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall. It all started when Heaps, Texas receiver Ross Apo, and California linebacker Zac Stout all verbally committed to the Cougars during a June press conference in Salt Lake City.
When Arizona defeated the BYU Cougars 31-21 in the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl, that game put a cap on a season many BYU fans would consider solid, yet also unsatisfying. After winning nine of their first 10 games and jumping into the top-15 of college football the Cougars stumbled, dropping their last two in unceremonious fashion.
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