Mark Foltz - AStateNation

Looking at Arkansas State's statistical power in 2015

AState won the Sun Belt, how will the Red Wolves fare in the awards categories?

Usually when a team dominates a conference like Arkansas State, the rewards follow. In 2015 no one got within single digits of the Red Wolves in conference play.

The Sun Belt Conference will release its all-league team today at 2 p.m. We will see how it goes.

But a closer look at the SBC’s statistics, not for the season but just the eight league games, you can see how the Red Wolves dominated. They have played well on offense, defense and special teams.

A-State ranked first in the following categories:

  • Scoring, the Red Wolves were first at 48.6 points per game. (Officially the category is called offensive per game but as we have seen this defense scores too.)
  • Total offense, 492 yards per game.
  • First downs, 24.1.
  • They rank second in passing efficiency (115.8), rushing defense (135.9) and rushing offense (276.1).

But it is the Red Wolves’ defense that had really shown out.

The Red Wolves lead the defense in several categories:

  • Interceptions, 19 (five touchdowns).
  • Sacks, 23.
  • Turnover margin, +17.
  • Opponents 3rd down conversion, 33.1
  • Touchdowns, 8.

They rank second in opponents first down (17.9), pass defense efficiency (115.8) and rushing defense (135.9).

And special teams did their part, ranking first in:

  • Punting, 41.0.
  • Kickoff coverage, 41.3.
  • The Red Wolves just two punts returned (0 yards) in conference and Luke Ferguson was league-leader with 20 punts inside the 20.