Old Dominion QB Heinicke wins Payton Award
PHILADELPHIA — Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke has won the Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Heinicke, a native of Atlanta, became just the second sophomore in FCS history to win the award, after receiving 72 first-place votes and 531 points Monday.
Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet finished second (284) and Wofford senior running back Eric Breitenstein (197) rounded out the top three. Heinicke is the ninth straight quarterback to be honored.
Heinicke led the FCS with 5,076 yards passing, a 390.5-yard average, and 55 total touchdowns for the Monarchs.
Former Georgia Southern running back Adrian Peterson is the only other sophomore to win the award (1999).
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