Remarkable as Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke's numbers are, that's only part of the reason why coach
"To me," Wilder said, "the Player of the Year should be the player in the league that performs his best under pressure, not just the guy who piles up a lot of stats. It should be a guy who makes clutch plays when his team needs him the most. We've come to expect that from Taylor."
Heinicke, the sophomore from Atlanta, was named Player of the Year after another remarkable season. He threw for 4,158 yards and 35 touchdowns for the CAA's top scoring offense. He completed 68.2 percent of his passes and equally important, made tremendous strides in his understanding of the offense and ability to improvise and extend plays.
"He's 17-3 as a starter," Wilder noted. "The kid's winning 85 percent of his games. His impact on our football team is evident to anybody who watches it, and it's evident in the locker room. I know all the players are thrilled that he's Offensive Player of the Year."
Heinicke was one of five Monarchs to make first-team all-conference, along with wide receiver Nick Mayers, placekicker Jarod Brown, defensive tackle Chris Burnette and punter Jonathan Plisco (Woodside).
The Tribe had five players named to the second team: wide receiver Tre McBride, offensive tackle Mike Salazar, safety Brian Thompson and linebacker Jabrel Mines. Webb was named punt returner.
James Madison's Stephon Robertson was named Defensive Player of the Year.