Taylor Heinicke

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Taylor Heinicke
No. 6 Minnesota Vikings
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-03-15) March 15, 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Suwanee (GA) Collins Hill
College: Old Dominion
Undrafted: 2015
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Taylor Heinicke (born March 15, 1993) is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Old Dominion.

High school career[edit]

Heinicke played football under head coach Kevin Reach at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Georgia, where he was an all-state selection as a junior after guiding Collins Hill to a 10-4 record and a trip to the Class AAAAA semifinals. As a senior, Heinicke was named the Old Spice National Player of the Year in the state of Georgia. The award is presented annually to 50 high school varsity football athletes. He was also the Gwinnett Daily Post's Offensive Player of the Year after his record season when he threw for 4,218 yards, the second most in state history, and 44 touchdowns, which is the third-best ever in Georgia, setting Gwinnett County single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns. He threw over 300 yards in nine games and also ran for 354 yards on 77 carries along with a pair of touchdowns. Following his senior season, Heinicke was invited to play at the North/South All-Star Football Classic, where he collected 254 yards and three touchdowns en route to MVP honors after helping the North to a 22-0 victory over the South. He appeared on the reality TV show The Ride featuring high school quarterbacks competing for a spot in the U.S. Army All-American game.

College career[edit]

In 2011, Taylor Heinicke accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Old Dominion University, where he played for the Old Dominion Monarchs football team from 2011 to 2014.

Heinicke became the starter for Old Dominion in 2011. That year, he led the Monarchs to a 10–3 record in the Colonial Athletic Association, but lost in the second round of FCS playoffs against Georgia Southern. He passed for 2,385 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 1 interception, and he ran for 363 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also punted 4 times for 170 yards. Heinicke was named to the All-CAA 3rd team Offense and was the National Freshman Performer of the Year. Old Dominion finished ranked #10 in the Football Championship Subdivision.

In 2012, Heinicke led the Monarchs to an 11–2 record, losing in the playoffs quarterfinals to Georgia Southern. That year, Heinicke passed for an FCS-record 5076 yards, 44 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He ran for 470 yards and 11 touchdowns. He additionally punted 11 times for 475 yards. On September 22, 2012, against New Hampshire, Heinicke passed for a Division I-record 730 yards and threw five touchdowns. In 2012, Heinicke was awarded All-American honors, CAA Offensive Player of the Year, and the Walter Payton Award.[1] Old Dominion finished ranked #6 in the FCS.

For the 2013 season, Old Dominion began a transition to Conference USA, meaning for the 2013 season, ODU was an independent team. Despite this, Heinicke led ODU to an 8–4 record against mostly FCS opponents. During the season, he passed for 4022 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. He ran for 348 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also punted 13 times for a total of 539 yards, also kicking the longest punt on the team for the season of 61 yards. During 2013, Heinicke became just the 18th quarterback from Division I to pass for 10000 career yards and rush for 1000. His 2013 season marks placed him in the top ten among FBS quarterbacks in passing yards, passing yards per game and touchdown passes.

For the 2014 season, Old Dominion played in Conference USA. Heinicke led ODU to a 6–6 record. During the season, he passed for 3476 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. He ran for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also punted 14 times for a total of 661 yards.[2]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2011 Old Dominion 211 307 68.7% 2,385 7.8 25 1 160.2 68 363 5.3 4
2012 Old Dominion 398 579 68.7% 5,076 8.8 44 14 162.6 126 470 3.7 11
2013 Old Dominion 340 486 70.0% 4,022 8.3 33 8 158.6 93 348 3.7 5
2014 Old Dominion 289 457 63.2% 3,476 7.6 30 16 141.8 80 139 1.7 2
Career 1,238 1,829 67.7% 14,959 8.2 132 39 155.9 367 1,320 3.6 22

Source:[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 214 lb 4.62 s 1.59 s 2.55 s 4.21 s 6.96 s 35 in 10 ft 3 in
All values from Pro Day[4]

Heinicke went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, but signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent.[5] He competed against Mike Kafka to back up Vikings starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater along with Shaun Hill. Kafka would get injured and was placed on injured reserve, making way for Heinicke to be the third string QB.

On September 3, 2016, Heinicke was placed on the reserve/NFI list with an off-the-field injury suffered between minicamp and training camp.[6] He was activated to the active roster on November 8, 2016.[7]

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