Heinicke Named Associated Press First-Team All-American
By ODU Athletics
Dec. 12, 2012
NEW YORK - Old Dominion sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke was named to the Associated Press All-America First-Team, the AP announced Wednesday.
The honor adds to Heinicke's growing list of accomplishments for the 2012 season, as he earned the Dudley Award as the best Division I player in Virginia as well as CAA Offensive Player of the Year.
Heinicke broke Steve McNair's single-season FCS record with 5,076 passing yards and finished the year with 5,546 yards of total offense, just 253 yards shy of surpassing McNair's mark of 5,799. Heinicke also broke the single-season FCS record for completions with 398. Villanova's Brett Gordon held the previous record of 386 in 2002.
The sophomore quarterback led the nation in passing yards, passing yards per game, total offense, points responsible for, touchdown passes and total touchdowns.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Heinicke burst onto the national scene on Sept. 22 when he set the Division I record with 730 passing yards and 791 yards of total offense in ODU's 64-61 win over New Hampshire.
In the second round of the FCS playoffs against Coastal Carolina, he set a new playoff record with 542 yards of total offense, throwing for 497 and running for 45. He also passed for six and ran for two touchdowns.
Heinicke passed for 300 or more yards nine times and tossed three TD's nine or more times this season.
He finished the year 398-of-579 for 5,076 yards and 44 TD passes. He also carried the ball 126 times for 470 yards and 11 touchdowns.