Richmond, VA – Old Dominion sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke and James Madison junior linebacker Stephon Robertson were named the CAA Football offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively, on Monday.
Heinicke, a Walter Payton Award finalist, has thrown for an FCS-high 4,158 yards and 35 touchdowns. In ODU's 64-61 win over New Hampshire, he set Division I records with 791 yards of total offense and 730 passing yards.
Robertson, a Buck Buchanan Award finalist, ranks third in the CAA with 101 tackles. He also posted 8.5 tackles for loss and five pass breakups.
Both players were All-CAA first-team selections.
Other CAA winners were Villanova's Andy Talley for coach of the year, William & Mary senior punt returner B.W. Webb and Georgia State junior kick returner Albert Wilson for special teams co-players of the year, Villanova quarterback John Robertson for offensive rookie of the year and Delaware linebacker Jeff Williams for defensive rookie of the year. New Hampshire senior Chris Zarkoskie was named the winner of the CAA's first-ever Chuck Boone Leadership Award.
2012 All-CAA Football First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
QB - Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, Sophomore
RB - Kevin Monangai, Villanova, Sophomore
RB - Terrance West, Towson, Sophomore
FB/HB - Kendall Gaskins, Richmond, Senior
WR - Ben Edwards, Richmond, Junior
WR - R.J. Harris, New Hampshire, Sophomore
WR - Nick Mayers, Old Dominion, Senior
TE - Justin Perillo, Maine, Junior
OL - Randall Harris, Towson, Junior
OL - Chris Howley, Maine, Senior
OL - Seamus O'Neill, New Hampshire, Junior
OL - Eric Pike, Towson, Junior
OL - Earl Watford, James Madison, Senior
PK - Jarod Brown, Old Dominion, Junior
KR - Albert Wilson, Georgia State, Junior
PR - Ryan Smith, James Madison, Senior
DL - Frank Beltre, Towson, Senior
DL - Chris Burnette, Old Dominion, Senior
DL - Rakim Cox, Villanova, Junior
DL - Antoine Lewis, Villanova, Junior
DL - Jared Smith, New Hampshire, Senior
LB - Donte Dennis, Maine, Senior
LB - Matt Evans, New Hampshire, Senior
LB - Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Junior
LB - Paul Worrilow, Delaware, Senior
CB - Eric Loper, Villanova, Senior
CB - B.W. Webb, William & Mary, Senior
S - Jordan Dangerfield, Towson, Senior
S - Dean Marlowe, James Madison, Sophomore
S - Cooper Taylor, Richmond, Senior
P - Jonathan Plisco, Old Dominion, Senior