RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Times Dispatch announced the finalists for the Dudley and Lanier Awards for the state football players of the year on Monday morning.
Washington and Lee senior running back/placekicker Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant) is among three finalists for the 2012 Lanier Award, which is presented to the top player from the NCAA Division II, III, NAIA and USCAA football programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Other finalists include Hampden-Sydney sophomore wide receiver Holton Walker and Ferrum sophomore quarterback Tim Reynolds.
Heinsohn, who will also receive an award from the Touchdown Club of Richmond as the top offensive back for the college division, earned First Team All-ODAC honors in 2012 and was named the ODAC Offensive Player of the Year.
One of 10 finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy which honors the top football student-athlete in Division III, Heinsohn leads all NCAA Divisions with an ODAC-record 188 total points. He rushed 183 times for 1,253 yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns, hit 48-of-52 PAT attempts and went 2-for-2 on field goal attempts.
A First Team All-ODAC honoree as a sophomore and second team pick as a junior, Heinsohn finished his career as the Generals' all-time leading rusher (3,517) and scorer (344).
The finalists for the 2012 Dudley Award, which is presented to the top Division I player in Virginia, include Old Dominion sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke, Virginia senior linebacker Steve Greer and James Madison junior linebacker Stephon Robertson.
The banquet, organized by the Touchdown Club of Richmond and presented by the Times-Dispatch, is Wednesday night at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa. Tickets are $40. A social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., and the banquet is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.