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Old Dominion sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke

CAA Football Issues 2012 All-Conference Honors

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          Release: 11/19/2012
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RICHMOND, Va. - CAA Football announced its 2012 All-Conference honors on Monday following one of the most exciting conference title and automatic qualifier races in league history. The three All-Conference teams and six individual honors were voted on by CAA Football's 11 head coaches and handed out following a 2012 season that saw as many as seven league squads in the national rankings.

Villanova head coach Andy Talley was named CAA Football Coach of the Year for the 2012 season. Old Dominion sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke and James Madison junior linebacker Stephon Robertson earned Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors, respectively, while William and Mary senior punt returner B.W. Webb and Georgia State junior kick returner Albert Wilson were selected Special Teams Players of the Year. Villanova quarterback John Robertson was chosen Offensive Rookie of the Year and Delaware linebacker Jeff Williams received Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. New Hampshire senior Chris Zarkoskie has been named the winner of CAA Football's first-ever Chuck Boone Leadership Award.

Talley earns his second CAA Coach of the Year honor after guiding Villanova to the nation's best regular-season turnaround this fall. After finishing 2-9 in 2011 and being picked eighth in the league's preseason poll, the Wildcats have utilized a strong ground game and a dominant defense to put together an impressive 8-3 overall record that includes a 6-2 mark in CAA play, eight wins by double-digit margins and two victories over top-10 programs. After earning a share of the conference championship this past week, Talley's team has garnered at least a share of the title for the sixth time in his coaching tenure and became the automatic qualifier for the first time since 2009 when the Wildcats went on to win the national championship. Nova, which finished the regular season ranked among the league's top four in both total defense and total offense, will face Stony Brook in the First Round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on Saturday.

Heinicke has undoubtedly been the force behind helping propel Old Dominion's offense into one of the most prolific attacks in FCS Football. In only his second year in the collegiate ranks, the Atlanta native leads the nation with 378 passing yards per game and 412 total yards per game and has already become the Monarchs' all-time career leader in completions, passing yards and touchdowns. A Walter Payton Award finalist, Heinicke has also thrown for an FCS-best 35 scores and 4,158 yards during a season in which he set new Division I records with 791 yards of total offense and 730 yards passing in ODU's 64-61 win over New Hampshire.

A starter in all 34 games in his three-year career in Harrisonburg, Stephon Robertson has come to be the core of a dominant James Madison defense that has consistently been among the league leaders in virtually every defensive statistical category. The Alexandria, Va., native and Buck Buchanan Award Watch List member wrapped up the regular season ranked third in the league with 101 tackles and finished as his team's leader with 8.5 tackles for loss. Robertson has also recorded a sack, an interception and five pass breakups on the year.

Webb keeps the Special Teams Player of the Year title in the Tribe family for the third-consecutive year after proving himself as one of the most dangerous punt returners in the league. The Newport News, Va., native can quickly change the scope of a game with his return prowess, which not only includes his actual returns but the fact that many teams are forced to alter their special teams strategies and punt around him. One of the league's four Buck Buchanan Award finalists this season, Webb concluded his senior campaign with 123 punt return yards and an 11.2 yard-per-return average to go with two fumble recoveries. He highlighted the season with a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown against Delaware.

As with Webb, Wilson also presented a definite threat any time he touched the ball on the special teams front. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., product amassed 751 yards on 29 kick return tries for a solid 25.9 yard-per-return average this season, an effort punctuated by a school-record 100-yard kick return for a touchdown against Old Dominion. Wilson finished his junior campaign third among all CAA players with 947 receiving yards, and his 1,810 all-purpose yards easily led the league and were nearly 450 yards more than the second-closest conference player on the list.

Giving true meaning to the term "dual threat", John Robertson has been a major catalyst in helping Villanova complete the nation's biggest turnaround in 2012. With his 1,830 yards passing this fall, the Paramus, N.J., product has thrown for the third-most yards in the league in addition to racking up 936 yards on the ground, putting him more than 250 rushing yards ahead of any other conference signal caller this fall. A Jerry Rice Award finalist and five-time CAA Rookie of the Week, Robertson has registered 27 total touchdowns in his rookie campaign while ranking fifth in the league with 13 rushing scores.

Like Robertson, Williams has also made a quick impact in his rookie campaign. The Freeport, N.Y., product was chosen as a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, and with good reason after he secured a league-best 6.5 sacks and 14 tackles for a loss of 83 yards for the Blue Hens in the regular season. Williams finished the year ranked fourth in the CAA among freshmen and fifth on his team with 61 tackles.

Zarkoskie becomes CAA Football's first-ever recipient of the Chuck Boone Annual Leadership Award, which is presented to the league player who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in his academic and athletic achievements and is voted on by the athletic directors of the league's 11 member institutions. A native of West Caldwell, N.J., the senior co-captain has not only excelled as a leader on the field, but he has also maintained a 3.54 cumulative GPA, been named to the Dean's List seven out of his eight semesters on campus and will graduate with a degree in psychology in December. Among other activities in his time outside of academic and athletic obligations, Zarkoskie has been an active member of the Durham area's "Pease Greeters" who welcome home troops returning from tours in the Middle East.

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2012 CAA Football Major Awards (as voted on by the head coaches)
Coach of the Year:
 Andy Talley, Villanova
Offensive Player of the Year: Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, Soph., Quarterback 
Defensive Player of the Year: Stephon Robertson, James Madison, Jr., Linebacker
Special Teams Co-Player of the Year: B.W. Webb, William and Mary, Sr., Punt Returner
Special Teams Co-Player of the Year: Albert Wilson, Georgia State, Jr., Kick Returner
Offensive Rookie of the Year: John Robertson, Villanova, R-Fr., Quarterback
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jeff Williams, Delaware, R-Fr., Linebacker

2012 All-CAA Football First Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
Position Player School Class
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
Position Player School Class
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 and Mary Senior
S Jordan Dangerfield Towson Senior
S Dean Marlowe James Madison Sophomore
S Cooper Taylor Richmond Senior
P Jonathan Plisco Old Dominion Senior
2012 All-CAA Football Second Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
Position Player School Class
QB Grant Enders Towson Senior
RB Dae'Quan Scott James Madison Junior
RB Nico Steriti New Hampshire Sophomore
FB/HB Brian Barlow James Madison Senior
WR Tre McBride William and Mary Sophomore
WR Antonio Vaughan Old Dominion Sophomore
WR Nihja White Delaware Senior
TE Kevin Finney Richmond Senior
OL David Born Old Dominion Junior
OL Josh Bucci Villanova Junior
OL Bobby Kennedy Delaware Junior
OL Mike Salazar William and Mary Senior
OL Doug Shaw Towson Junior
OL Josh Spearin Maine Senior
PK Cameron Starke James Madison Junior
KR Justin Grant Richmond Sophomore
PR B.W. Webb William and Mary Senior
Position Player School Class
DL Marlon Johnson Villanova Senior
DL Evan Kelly Richmond Sophomore
DL Zach Kerr Delaware Junior
DL Romale Tucker Towson Senior
LB Devon Bridges Villanova Senior
LB Monte Gaddis Towson Junior
LB Darius McMillan Richmond Senior
LB Jabrel Mines William and Mary Senior
LB Craig Wilkins Old Dominion Senior
CB Darlos James Maine Senior
CB Jordan Love Towson Junior
CB Dontra Peters New Hampshire Senior
S Manny Asam New Hampshire Junior
S Brian Thompson William and Mary Senior
P Matt Hubbard Georgia State Sophomore
2012 All-CAA Football Third Team (as voted on by the head coaches)
Position Player School Class
QB John Robertson Villanova Freshman
RB Andrew Pierce Delaware Junior
RB Donald Russell Georgia State Senior
WR Stephen Barnette Richmond Sophomore
WR Brandon Johnson-Farrell Rhode Island Senior
WR Tom Ryan Towson Senior
WR Norman White Villanova Senior
WR Albert Wilson Georgia State Junior
TE Harold Spears New Hampshire Sophomore
OL Mike Coccia New Hampshire Sophomore
OL Brandon Heath Delaware Junior
OL Vince Kowalski Villanova Sophomore
OL Jack Lowney Old Dominion Junior
OL Nick Ritcher Richmond Sophomore
OL Chris Zarkoskie New Hampshire Senior
PK Mike MacArthur New Hampshire Junior
KR Derrick Joseph Towson Sophomore
PR Poppy Livers Villanova Sophomore
Position Player School Class
DL Dominique Guinn-Bailey Old Dominion Sophomore
DL Matt Morgan Towson Senior
DL Tyler Snow James Madison Junior
DL Nick Zaremba William and Mary Senior
LB Andrew Bose Rhode Island Sophomore
LB Luke Rhodes William and Mary Freshman
LB Jeff Williams Delaware Freshman
LB Eric Wright Richmond Sophomore
CB Jamaal Bess Rhode Island Junior
CB Darryl Hamilton Richmond Senior
CB Tye Smith Towson Sophomore
S Jerome Couplin William and Mary Junior
S Jakarie Jackson James Madison Senior
S Joe Sarnese Villanova Sophomore
P Drake Kuhn William and Mary Junior
P David Skahn James Madison Senior