Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke has moved into the ninth spot of the Division-1 career passing yards list. The senior from Suwanee, Ga with 13,769 yards sits behind Hawaii’s Colt Brennan.
Heinicke is also in another elite statistical category, being one of the few Division-1 quarterbacks with 10,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing. He is second all-time on this list with his 1,263 rushing yards. Heinicke will forever trail the late Steve McNair, who ended his collegiate career with 6,000 yards rushing.
Heinicke has been looked over his whole career, including his days at Collins Hill High School. Only being 6-foot-1, he was considered too small for the position and did not receive an offer from an FBS school. This did not affect his play, finishing within 300 yards of the Georgia-state single season passing yards record, held by current UGA quarterback Hutson Mason.
Breaking records seems to come naturally to Heinicke. He broke the NCAA single game passing yards and total yards record against New Hampshire. He threw for 730 yards and five touchdowns and added 61 yards rushing along with a rushing score. His performance in the 2012 season earned him the Walter Payton award for the best player in the FCS.
Old Dominion moved into Conference-USA in 2014 and Heinicke has been exposed to better competition weekly. His numbers this season are not as high as they were in the FCS but his play has still been impressive. He recently was ranked the 10th best quarterback available for the 2015 draft by ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.
With four games left and Heinicke averaging 290 yards a game, he can finish sixth all-time in career passing yards. Heinicke will see his first action against an SEC team in Old Dominions match-up against Vanderbilt tonight at 7 p.m. EST on ESPNU.
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