JONESBORO, Ark. (12/7/2011) — Arkansas State junior quarterback Ryan Aplin was selected as the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and senior defensive lineman Brandon Joiner was voted the Defensive Player of the Year, highlighting a school-record 15 All-Sun Belt Conference selections for ASU, the league office announced Wednesday.
Aplin and Joiner helped lead Arkansas State to a 10-2 regular season record and a perfect 8-0 Sun Belt Conference mark. The Red Wolves became the first team in the 11-year history of the Sun Belt Conference to win 10 regular-season games and will play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Jan. 8. Arkansas State's 15 all-conference selections were the most since A-State landed 11 players on the list in 2008 and 2010.
Former Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze was named the league's Coach of the Year.
Aplin finished the season as the Sun Belt's leader in total offense at 320 yards per game, a figure that also ranks 10th nationally. He was a two-time SBC Offensive Player of the Week and passed for 18 touchdowns on the season while rushing for an additional 10. He ranked second in the league in passing yards per game at 269.6 and in passing efficiency at 138.6. His school-record 3,840 yards of total offense on the season ranks as the second-most in Sun Belt History and he is just the second player in the history of the league to record 3,000 yards of total offense in two different seasons. His 274 completions on the season are also a new school record.
Joiner was the league-leader with 12 quarterback sacks on the season, a figure that also ranked fourth nationally. His 12 sacks rank second all-time at Arkansas State and in the Sun Belt Conference. He ranked second in the league in tackles-for-loss at 1.29 per game. Joiner recorded at least a partial sack in 10 of 12 games this season, with 11 solo sacks. His four sacks in the Red Wolves' 30-21 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette tied for the most in ASU and SBC history and was tied for the most nationally in a single game this season, earning him SBC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance. He led the ASU defense to a No. 1 ranking in total defense and scoring defense to end the regular-season.
Joining Aplin and Joiner as first-team selections were senior wide receiver Dwayne Frampton, senior offensive lineman Tom Castilaw, senior linebacker DeMario Davis and senior defensive backs Darryl Feemster and Kelcie McCray.
Arkansas State's second-team selections were junior wide receiver Josh Jarboe, senior offensive lineman Delano Moore, senior defensive lineman Dorvus Woods, junior linebacker Nathan Herrold and senior defensive back Darron Edwards. Frampton was selected second-team special teams all-purpose player, and junior wide receiver Taylor Stockemer and senior punter Neely Sullivent were both named honorable mention all-conference.
First Team All-SunBelt Conference Offense Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State, Jr., QB) Lance Dunbar (North Texas, Sr., RB) Bobby Rainey (WKU, Sr., RB) Dwayne Frampton (Arkansas State, Sr., WR) T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Sr., WR) Javone Lawson (Louisiana-Lafayette, WR, Jr.) Ladarius Green (Louisiana-Lafayette, TE, Sr.) Tom Castilaw (Arkansas State, Sr., OL) Colin Boss (Middle Tennessee, r-Sr., OL) Matt Tomlinson (North Texas, Sr., OL) Wes Jeffries (WKU, Sr., OL) James Brown (Troy, Sr., OL)
First Team All-SunBelt Conference Defense Brandon Joiner (Arkansas State, Sr., DL) Bernard Smith (Louisiana-Lafayette, DL, Sr.) Ken Dorsey (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., DL) Jonathan Massaquoi (Troy, Jr., DL) Demario Davis (Arkansas State, Sr., LB) Lance Kelley (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., LB) Andrew Jackson (WKU, So., LB) Darryl Feemster (Arkansas State, Sr., DB) Kelcie McCray (Arkansas State, Sr., DB) Dwight "Bill" Bentley (Louisiana-Lafayette, DB, Sr.) Darius Prelow (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., DB)
First Team All-SunBelt Conference Special Teams Jack Griffin (FIU, Jr., PK) Will Atterberry (North Texas, Jr., P) T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Sr., Return Specialist) T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Sr., All Purpose)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense Blaine Gautier (Louisiana-Lafayette, QB, Jr.) Alfred Morris (Florida Atlantic, Sr., RB) Kedrick Rhodes (FIU, So., RB) Josh Jarboe (Arkansas State, Jr., WR) Brent Leonard (Louisiana-Monroe, Jr., WR) Eric Thomas (Troy, So., WR) Jack Doyle (WKU, Jr., TE) Delano Moore (Arkansas State, Sr., OL) Caylin Hauptmann (FIU, R-Jr., OL) Leonardo Bates (Louisiana-Lafayette, OL, Jr.) Brandon McLeroy (Middle Tennessee, Sr., OL) Adam Smith (WKU, Jr., OL)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Defense Dorvus Woods (Arkansas State, Sr., DL) Tourek Williams (FIU, Jr., DL) Brandon Akpunku (North Texas, Sr., DL) Quanterus Smith (WKU, Jr., DL) Nathan Herrold (Arkansas State, Jr., LB) Winston Fraser (FIU, r-Jr., LB) Zachary Orr (North Texas, So., LB) Darron Edwards (Arkansas State, Sr., DB) Jonathan Cyprien (FIU, Jr., DB) Brynden Trawick (Troy, Jr., DB) Derrius Brooks (WKU, Sr., DB)
Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Brett Baer (Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., PK) Brett Baer (Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., P) Luther Ambrose (ULM, Sr., Return Specialist) Dwayne Frampton (Arkansas State, Sr., All Purpose)
Player of the Year Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State, Jr., QB)
Offensive Player of the Year Bobby Rainey (WKU, Sr., RB)
Defensive Player of the Year Brandon Joiner (Arkansas State, Sr., DL)
Freshman of the Year Alonzo Harris (Louisiana-Lafayette, RB, Fr.)
Coach of the Year Hugh Freeze, Arkansas State
Honorable Mention All-Conference Taylor Stockemer (Arkansas State, Jr., WR); Neely Sullivent (Arkansas State, Sr., P); Sam McRoy (Florida Atlantic, Sr., OL); Randell Johnson (Florida Atlantic, So., LB); Rupert Bryan (FIU, Jr., OL); James Jones (FIU, Sr., DL); Devon Lewis-Buchanan (Louisiana-Lafayette, LB, Sr.); Melvin White (Louisiana-Lafayette, DB, Sr.); Omar Mclendon (Middle Tennessee, Jr., DL); Eric Russell (Middle Tennessee, Sr., DB/RS); Troy Evans (ULM, Sr., DL); Jason Edwards (ULM, Sr., LB); Cyril Lemon (North Texas, Fr., OL); Brelan Chancellor (North Texas, So., AP); Tony Davis (Troy, Jr., DL); Kanorris Davis (Troy, Jr., LB); Jared Clendenin (WKU, Sr., DL); Bo Adebayo (WKU, Sr., DL)