HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The numbers that made Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke the Walter Payton Award winner as the best offensive player at the Championship Subdivision level last season border on the ridiculous.
He threw for an NCAA-record 5,076 passing yards, including 730 in one game. He threw for 44 touchdowns, and ran for 11 more. And he was the leader of an offense that led the Championship Subdivision in scoring, passing yards and total yards.
Heinicke expects opponents to know the numbers, too, especially as the Monarchs begin the transition to the Bowl Subdivision level with five games this season against programs at that level, including three in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
He says the key for the Monarchs will be how they handle the adversity that they know is coming.
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