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Taylor Heinicke (@ODUFootball) Makes Waves As Freshman QB –

Jan 26, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

Most freshman athletes spend their first year on campus getting acclimated to college life, the balancing of studying as well as transitioning to college level of play on the field. Imagine doing this while learning one of the most difficult positions in sports, the quarterback position.

Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinicke

Old Dominion freshman Taylor Heinicke has done just this, shining in his first season as an ODU quarterback. In a movie type story, Heinicke started his first season as the backup to more experienced senior Thomas DeMarco, learning the system and preparing to take over the reigns for his redshirt freshman campaign next season.

After DeMarco went down with an injury in the fifth game of the season against Massachusetts plans changed and Monarch coaches turned the offense over to Heinicke.

“I initially got really nervous, but I knew I just had to go out there and play football,” Heinicke said. “Going from redshirting to starting quarterback was unreal.”

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