Sporting News Tabs Three ASU Players Preseason All-SBC
JONESBORO (6/18/09) - Arkansas State senior running back Reggie Arnold (Little Rock, Ark.), senior defensive end Alex Carrington (Tupelo, Miss.) and senior kicker Josh Arauco (Grand Prairie, Texas) have been named to Sporting News' preseason All-Sun Belt Conference football team.
The preseason college football publication also lists senior quarterback Corey Leonard (Covington, La.) as the Sun Belt Conference's best running quarterback and player with the best instincts.
In addition to Sporting News, Arnold, Carrington and Arauco have been named All-Sun Belt Conference by Athlon Sports, Lindy's and Phil Steele's preseason publications. Leonard has been tabbed preseason All-Sun Belt Conference by Athlon Sports, Lindy's and Phil Steele's as well.
Sporting News listed Arkansas State as a team on the rise in its "stock report" and predicted the Red Wolves to finish second in the Sun Belt Conference race behind Troy.
Arnold enters his senior season with the nation's third highest rushing total (3,210 yards) among active players after running for over 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons at ASU. Arauco will begin his senior season with the third most field goals (44) in the nation among active career leaders and needs seven field goals to become the Sun Belt Conference's all-time leader.
Carrington, the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, is not only listed on numerous preseason All-Sun Belt Conference teams, but is also on the Lott Trophy Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.
Leonard is on the verge of breaking several school records heading into 2009, ranking No. 2 at ASU in career completions (457), passing yards (5,903), passing touchdowns (40) and total offense (7,297 yards). Among Sun Belt Conference players, Leonard is also currently ranked No. 3 all-time in total offense, No. 5 in passing touchdowns and No. 6 in passing yards.