NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY)- Two weeks into his final preseason, Old Dominion record-setting quarterback Taylor Heinicke is soaking in every aspect of his final college season. “I’m excited that we are in camp, but its my last time and I feel like I just got here. I don’t want it to end, but it has to at some point so I will enjoy it while it lasts,” said Heinicke.
In the offseason, Heinicke lifted 4 days a week, trying to bulk up for another physically demanding season. “Lifting 4 times a week, you’re gonna get bigger. I’m the same weight that I was this time last year, 212 pounds. We’ll see if I can keep it on this year,” added Heinicke.
Last season the Atlanta native became the first Division 1 quarterback in the state of Virginia to surpass 10,000 career passing yards. He enters the season leading all active FBS quarterbacks in passing yards, total yards and touchdown passes thrown. “When I came in we joined the CAA and then we had two transitions years. We were able to win a CAA Championship. We got our first FBS win so there is a lot of history and I’m proud to be a part of that but we have a lot to do this year,” said Heinicke.
In 2012 Heinicke was named the best player in FCS when he received the Walter Payton Award and during his freshman year in 2011, Heinicke threw for 5 touchdowns in two separate games. So much success, but still preaching the basics of quarterback play. “It’s all about footwork, mechanics and getting in the film room,” said Heinicke.
Heinicke and his teammates are well aware of the challenge of playing full-time in Conference USA. They have set lofty goals and reaching any of them will be another major step for a Hienicke led team. “I think from the outside looking in, if we have a winning season, people will think were successful. We don’t want to lose a game and make a statement to Conference USA that we belong there. Maybe making a bowl game. Just showing CUSA that we competed and that we belong there is successful enough for us,” added Heinicke.