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Dudley, Lanier finalists can throw, run, catch, kick and tackle

Heinicke, Greer, Robertson nominated for top state award

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Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:32 pm, Tue Jul 22, 2014.

A quarterback who bedevils defenses and two linebackers who bedevil quarterbacks are the finalists for the 2012 Bill Dudley Award.

A running back who puts the foot in football, a quarterback who is excellent at connecting with receivers and a receiver who is excellent at helping quarterbacks are the finalists for the 2012 Lanier Award.

Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke, Virginia linebacker Steve Greer and James Madison linebacker Stephon Robertson are the nominees for the Dudley Award.

The award, named for Bill Dudley, star player at the University of Virginia and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, goes to the top player in Division I football — Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision — in the state.

Washington and Lee running back Luke Heinsohn, Hampden-Sydney wide receiver Holton Walker and Ferrum quarterback Tim Reynolds are the nominees for the Lanier Award.

That award, named for Willie Lanier, a Richmond native and also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, goes to the top player in the state at the Division II, III or NAIA level.

Heinicke, a sophomore, leads the NCAA in passing yards, 4,158 in the regular season, total offense and touchdown passes. He has led the Monarchs to a third-round game in the FCS playoffs.

Heinicke’s most notable performance of the 2012 season came when he passed for 730 yards, an NCAA Division I record, against New Hampshire on Sept. 22. He also threw five touchdown passes in that game.

He is the Colonial Athletic Association’s offensive player of the year.

Greer, a senior, finished the season with 122 tackles, the most by a Virginia player since 2002. He hit double figures in tackles six times this season, including a career-high 19 against Virginia Tech.

He was a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection.

Robertson, a junior, anchored the No. 1 defense in the CAA. He was in on 101 tackles, including 8½ for losses. He had a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and broke up five passes. He was the CAA’s defensive player of the year.

Heinsohn, a senior, not only ran for 1,253 yards this season, he also scored 188 points, including 54 in the kicking game, 48 on extra points and six on 2 of 2 field goal attempts. He was the Old Dominion Athletic Conference player of the year.

Walker, a sophomore, was runner-up for player of the year. He led the ODAC in receptions, 76, receiving yards, 1,262, and touchdowns, 12.

Reynolds, a sophomore, was the USA South Conference offensive player of the year. He completed 115 of 189 pass attempts for 1,683 yards, 13 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He also ran 157 times for 876 yards (5.6 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns.

The banquet, organized by the Touchdown Club of Richmond and presented by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, is Wednesday night at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa in Short Pump. Tickets are $40. A social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., and the banquet is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact tdclubof- richmond@verizon.net or call 804-551-0980.

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