Heinicke Receives Norfolk Sports Club's Virginia Outstanding Collegiate Athlete Award

March 26, 2013
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

March 26, 2013

NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke was named the Norfolk Sports Club's Virginia Outstanding Collegiate Athlete Award for 2012, the Club announced Tuesday at its annual Jamboree.

Heinicke will be introduced at the Jamboree by ODU Head Coach Bobby Wilder. Also receiving awards are former Clemson quarterback, Tajh Boyd, and former Florida State quarterback, E.J. Manuel.

"We are all very proud of Taylor for winning this award. We are grateful to the Norfolk Sports Club and their leadership. The fact that Taylor will get to spend time with Tajh Boyd and E.J. Manuel at the banquet, two other outstanding college quarterbacks makes the award even more exciting," Wilder said. "Taylor continues to represent Old Dominion University and our athletic department in a positive manner. We are all very proud of him and his teammates for a terrific 2012 season."

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Heinicke's record-setting season included breaking Steve McNair's (Alcorn State, 1994) FCS single-season passing yards record with 5,076 yards and also surpassing the single-season record for completions with 398, breaking Brett Gordon's record of 386 for Villanova in 2002.

Heinicke won the highest honor for an FCS player this season, earning the Walter Payton Award given to the best player in the FCS. The sophomore quarterback also was named the Dudley Award Winner to the top division I player in the state of Virginia. The CAA Offensive Player of the Year received six First-Team All-America honors and was named Player of the Year by two of those publications.

The sophomore quarterback led the FCS with his 5,076 passing yards, 390.5 passing yards per game, 44 touchdown passes, 55 total touchdowns, 26.00 points responsible for and 426.6 yards of total offense per game.

The ODU quarterback 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 No. 18 New Hampshire.

Heinicke tied the FCS record by throwing for 200 yards in 13 games while passing for 300 yards nine times and going for 400 yards five times. He tossed three TD passes nine times and four or more scores on six occasions, including a season-best seven in the win over Campbell.

In the Monarchs' second round FCS playoff win over Coastal Carolina, Heinicke set a single-game playoff record with 542 yards of total offense, throwing for 497 and running for another 45 yards. He also tied the single-game record with six TD passes. For the season, Heinicke was 398-of-579 for 5,076 yards and 44 touchdown passes. He also had 126 carries for 470 yards and 11 touchdowns.