Heinicke, a senior from Atlanta, Ga., completed 340-of-486 passes for 4,025 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2013. Heinicke became the first FBS quarterback in Virginia to pass for 10,000 career yards and rush for 1,000 yards.
He is the FBS active career leader in seven categories, including passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense. He won the 2012 walter payton award given to the Best Player in the FCS when he passed for an FCS record 5,076 yards and 44 touchdowns while running for 11 more.
Heinicke is the second Monarch to be named to a preseason award watch list, joining Antonio Vaughan who was named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List.