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Heinicke Named Roanoke Times Offensive Player of the Year, Six Named All-State

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 27, 2013
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ROANOKE, Va. – Old Dominion University quarterback Taylor Heinicke was named the Roanoke Times Offensive Player of the Year while Larry Pinkard, Antonio Vaughan, D.J. Morrell, Jarod Brown and Aaron Evans received All-State honors.

Heinicke was named Player of the Year and first-team All-State for the second-consecutive season after completing 340-of-486 passes for 4,022 yards and 33 touchdown passes.  He also rushed for 348 yards and five touchdowns. He was also named first-team All-State quarterback.

The Atlanta, Ga. native passed for 300 or more yards nine times this season including a season-high 533 yards and four touchdown passes in ODU’s 59-38 victory over Idaho, the Monarchs’ first-ever win over an FBS program.

Pinkard led ODU with 68 receptions for 1,020 yards, setting career-highs in both categories while tying his career-high with nine touchdown grabs.

The junior caught a career-best nine passes at Pittsburgh and set a career-best with 156 receiving yards in the victory over Campbell.

Vaughan finished second on the team with 60 receptions for 843 yards and a career-high nine touchdown passes to tie for the team lead with Pinkard.

He went over 100 yards receiving four times this season including a career-best 171-yards in the win over Campbell, the second most receiving yards in a single-game in school history.

Morrell started all 12 games for ODU this season, 10 at right tackle and two at right guard.  He finished his career starting all 25-career games that he played in. 

Brown connected on 64-of-65 extra points and was 13-of-20 on field goal attempts.  He kicked a 52-yard field goal against The Citadel, a then school record before he broke the record with a 54-yard kick at Pittsburgh, which was the longest field goal by a collegiate or professional kicker in Heinz Field history.

He graduates as the school’s all-time leader in extra points made and attempted, field goals made and attempted and the longest field goal in school history.

Evans set a single-season school record with 33 kickoff returns for 802 yards.  He ranks second all-time in school history in both categories.

The Newport News native took over punt returning duties this season and set the stage for ODU’s 21-17 win over Liberty with a 64-yard punt return with less than five minutes remaining in the game.

The Monarchs finished 8-4 in 2013 and will begin the 2014 season at home on Aug. 30 against Hampton.

DIVISION I ALL-STATE COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

Pos.  |  Player  |  School  |  Year

QB  |  Taylor Heinicke   |  ODU   |  Jr.

RB   |  Kevin Parks   |  UVa   |  Jr.

RB   |  Dae’Quan Scott   |  JMU   |  Sr.

WR   |  Stephen Barnette   |  Richmond   |  Jr.

WR   |  Larry Pinkard   |  ODU   |  Jr.

TE   |  Joseph Hawkins   |  Norfolk State   |  Sr.

G   |  Jonathan Burgess   |  Liberty   |  So.

G   |  Andrew Miller   |  Virginia Tech   |  Sr.

C   |  Austin Gund   |  Richmond   |  Jr.

T   |  Matt Crisafi   |  W&M   |  Sr.

T   |  Morgan Moses   |  UVa   |  Sr.

PK   |  Brandon Jordi   |  Richmond   |  So.

RS   |  Tre McBride   |  W&M   |  Jr.

SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE

Pos.  |  Player  |  School  |  Year

QB  |   Michael Strauss   |  Richmond   |  Jr.

RB   |  Rolandan Finch   |  Norfolk State  |  Sr.

RB   |  Desmond Rice   |  Liberty   |  Jr.

WR   |  Ben Edwards   |  Richmond  |   Sr.

WR   |  Antonio Vaughan   |  ODU   |  Jr.

TE   |  Jake McGee   |  UVa   |  Jr.

G   |  Caleb Farris   |  Virginia Tech   |  Jr.

G   |  Trevor Springman   |  W&M   |  Sr.

C   |  Will Lucas   |  VMI   |  Sr.

T   |  D.J. Morrell   |  ODU   |  Sr.

T   |  Josh Wells   |  JMU   |  Sr.

PK   |  Jarod Brown   |  ODU   |  Sr.

RS   |  Aaron Evans   |  ODU   |  Sr.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Stephon Robertson, JMU

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

Pos.  |  Player  |  School  |  Year

DL   |  Miles Grooms   |  Hampton   |  So.

DL   |  Derrick Hopkins   |  Virginia Tech   |  Sr.

DL   |  Mike Reilly   |  W&M   |  Jr.

DL   |  Jordan Stanton   |  JMU   |  Sr.

LB   |  Stephon Robertson   |  JMU   |  Sr.

LB   |  Lynden Trail   |  Norfolk State   |  Jr.

LB   |  Jack Tyler   |  Virginia Tech   |  Sr.

DB   |  Jerome Couplin III   |  W&M   |  Sr.

DB   |  Kendall Fuller   |  Virginia Tech   |  Fr.

DB   |  Jacob Hagen   |  Liberty   |  Jr.

DB   |  Anthony Harris  |  UVa   |  Jr.

P   |  A.J. Hughes   |  Virginia Tech   |  So.

SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE

Pos.  |  Player  |  School  |  Year

DL   |  James Gayle   |  Virginia Tech   |  Sr.

DL   |  Eli Harold   |  UVa   |  So.

DL   |  Luther Maddy   |  Virginia Tech   |  Jr.

DL   |  Chima Uzowihe   |  Liberty   |  So.

LB   |  Airek Green   |  W&M   |  Jr.

LB   |  Luke Rhodes   |  W&M   |  So.

LB   |  Nick Sigmon   |  Liberty   |  Jr.

DB   |  Justin Blake   |  Hampton   |  Sr.

DB   |  Brandon Facyson   |  Virginia Tech  |   Fr.

DB   |  Kyle Fuller   |  Virginia Tech   |  Sr.

DB   |  Darrin Marrow   |  Norfolk State   |  Jr.

P   |  Christian Faber-Kinney   |  Hampton  |   Fr.

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