At the conclusion of Thursday's practice, head coach Hugh Freeze talked about the blessing this season has been, some of the post-season honors he hopes to see some of his players get, and shared his thoughts - or lack thereof - on it being their last regular season practice.
"Gosh, I hadn't even thought about that," Freeze said. "I just feel blessed. We've had such a great, fun year."
As this weekend's game concludes the regular season and decides whether Arkansas State will clinch an outright title or have to share it, post-season Sun Belt honors will also be voted on this Monday.
Red Wolf defensive end Brandon Joiner is ranked first in the Sun Belt and fifth in the nation in sacks, ranks that make it hard to think he wouldn't be honored for.
"I'm pushing for him to get the defensive MVP of our league, I think he deserves it," Freeze said.
With Joiner being the defensive standout that he is in the conference and Aplin leading the Sun Belt in total offense, we could see Arkansas State clench not only a Sun Belt title, but defensive and offensive MVPs as well as the coach of the year.
"I can't speak about the coach of the year, but those two kids certainly deserve the honor," Freeze said. "I think Aplin and Joiner have proven that they deserve those two. It'd be great if we finish off with a win on Saturday, I think we'd have a real good argument for that."
The Sun Belt stats prove that it's not just a few individuals who have succeeded this year, but the entire team. In the conference team statistics, Arkansas State sits at either the No. 1 or No. 2 spot in almost every category.
"I think our staff has done a great job, and our kids understand what we're asking them to do," Freeze said. "For you to be ranked that high in every category, something's gone right."
If things go right just one more day, ASU will be the lone Sun Belt Champion, and Freeze, his staff and his team will officially be able to say that accomplished what they set out for.
"I know we've won, and that obviously makes everything better, but even without that it's just been fun being around the coaches and players, it's a really good group. It was a real rewarding year," Freeze said.