JONESBORO (12/8/09) – Nine Arkansas State football players, including five that will return for the Red Wolves in 2010, have been named to Phil Steele's postseason 2009 All-Sun Belt Conference Team.
Junior safety M.D. Jennings (Calhoun City, Miss.) represented ASU on the first team, while senior running back Reggie Arnold (Little Rock, Ark.), senior wide receiver Brandon Thompkins (West Palm Beach, Fla.), senior cornerback Daylan Walker (Milan, Tenn.), who was selected as punt returner, and senior kicker Josh Arauco (Grand Prairie, Texas) were all named to the second team.
Junior defensive lineman Bryan Hall (Paducah, Ky.), sophomore linebacker Demario Davis (Brandon, Miss.), sophomore safety Kelcie McCray (Columbus, Ga.), sophomore punter Ryan Wilbourn (Searcy, Ark.) and Walker were tabbed third team selections.
ASU filled 10 spots on the publication's all-conference team, the fifth most in the league. Troy led all teams with 13 selections and was followed by Middle Tennessee and Louisiana-Monroe with 12 each and Louisiana-Lafayette with 10.
Defensively for ASU, Jennings finished the season with 64 tackles, which was the second most on the team, one interception, three fumble recoveries and six pass break-ups. Hall posted 30 tackles, including nine stops behind the line of scrimmage, and 2.5 sacks. Davis posted a team-high 80 tackles, including a career-high 15 in ASU's game against WKU. Walker completed the year with 51 tackles, one interception and a team-high seven pass break-ups. Walker also returned 25 punts for 212 yards, averaging 8.5 yards per return.
Offensively, Arnold, who finished his career as ASU's second all-time leading rusher, posted a team-high 723 rushing yards and a career-best 12 touchdowns during the 2009 season. Thompkins posted the best receiving numbers of his career, recording 47 receptions for 598 yards and four touchdowns.
Arauco finished his career as both the ASU and Sun Belt Conference all-time leader in field goals made with 58 and points by kicking with 288. He made 14-of-17 field goals in 2009 and posted 69 points. Wilbourn punted 53 times for for 2,240 yards this season, averaging 42.3 yards per punt. Both Arauco and Wilbourn were named the Sun Belt Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week one time during the year.
The Red Wolves finished the 2009 season with back-to-back victories, including a 24-20 road win over Western Kentucky in their final game. ASU ended the season with a 4-8 overall record and 3-5 mark in Sun Belt Conference play.