Currently tied for 16th in the nation in receptions (7.0 pg) and 38th in receiving yards (83.1 ypg), senior wide receiver Dwayne Frampton said he just feels blessed to be where he is, helping his team win however he can.
Frampton enters Saturdays game at Middle Tennessee needing just three receptions to break a school record in receptions in one season. Frampton has 70 receptions so far this year -- one more than he recorded last season, with two games left to be played.
On whether he will be on the prowl to put his name in the record books this weekend, Frampton laughingly said across the field to quarterback Ryan Aplin, "if my quarterback throws me the ball!"
He went on saying, "No, it'll be a blessing. I'm not too worried about it I just want us to win."
Frampton is ranked No. 6 in Arkansas State history in career receiving yards with a team high of 1,569. He went over the 1,000 yard mark back in September against UCA. While his personal records may seem to be piling up this year, what Frampton said he's really excited about is the success of his team in his senior year.
"We came a long way," Frampton said. "It feels like forever since we really started clicking and I'm proud of us, I'm proud of what we've accomplished so far. We've just got two more, and hopefully we can get a big bowl game."
On paper, No. 1 Sun Belt ranked Arkansas State is picked by most to take care of the next to games against No. 7 Middle Tennessee and No. 8 Troy and end up undefeated in conference play with a 10-2 overall record.
Frampton said the Red Wolves are staying focused and not overlooking anybody, though. They're bound and determined to finish what they set out for: a Sun Belt championship.
"Their records aren't as well as they would want to, but they have great athletes. They just, they have good athletes and we can't go in there overlooking anybody," Frampton said. "We did that last year against Western Kentucky, and you remember what happened - we got beat."
Frampton has caught a pass in every single game he has played at Arkansas State -- a 22-game streak of having at least one reception. He's also had three games over 100 yards, and one 99-yard receiving game this season.
His favorite personal moment of the year so far though, was a reception he had at Western Kentucky.
"When I caught this pass Ap threw to me, I had both feet in it was like a NFL dynasty type deal, it was great," he said. "I would go back to that any day."
Frampton leads the team in receiving this year with 831 yards and four touchdowns, and is on the Biletniko? Award Watch List.
With two games left to be played plus a bowl game, it's not so much a question of if Frampton will hold a new record in receptions by the time it's all said and done, but by how much. However, he's concerned more about the success of his team -- his personal accomplishments seem to just be an added bonus.
"I surpassed my statistics in receptions and receiving yards from last year, and I still have two more games to go, so it's a blessing," Frampton said. "I'm just soaking it all in and trying to help my team win any way I can."