JONESBORO, Ark. (12/9/11) – Highlighted by Defensive Player of the Year selection Brandon Joiner, the Arkansas State football team had 12 players selected to the College Sports Madness All-Sun Belt Conference team, the website announced Friday.
Joiner, who was also named the SBC Defensive Player of the Year, led the league with 12 quarterback sacks, a figure that also ranked fourth nationally and was the second most in Arkansas State and Sun Belt conference history. He recorded four sacks in the Red Wolves 30-21 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette earlier this season, a mark that tied him for the most sacks in a game in school history.
The ASU offense led the SBC in both total and scoring offense this season. The Red Wolves ranked second in the league with 164.8 rushing yards per game and were second in passing with 288.7 yards per game. Aplin led the Sun Belt in total offense with 320 yards per game and was just the second player in SBC history to record 3,000 yards of total offense in two different seasons.
Defensively, ASU led the SBC in both scoring and total defense and ranked second in both passing and rushing defense. ASU led the league with 18 interceptions on the year and was second in the league with 32 sacks.
ASU will face Northern Illinois in the GoDaddy.com Bowl Jan. 8. Tickets for the GoDaddy.com Bowl are priced at $45 and are available by clicking on the "Bowl Central" advertisement at the top of the ASU?Athletics Web site, AStateRedWolves.com, or by calling the ASU?Ticket Office at 870-972-2781 or 888-ASU-FANS.