Jonesboro (ASU) – Arkansas State sophomore quarterback Ryan Aplin was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after passing for a school-record 438 yards and two touchdowns against Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend.
Aplin's 438 passing yards not only broke ASU single-game record, but also tied UCF's Daunte Culpepper's total in 1998 for the most ever by an opponent at Cajun Field and are the most by any NCAA FBS player this season. Aplin, who passed for 278 yards in the Red Wolves' season opener at nationally-ranked Auburn, currently has the second most passing yards in the nation with 716.
The Tampa, Fla. native completed 25-of-45 attempts, which tied the sixth most and fifth most in school history, respectively. In addition to his two passing touchdowns, he added his first rushing touchdown of the season. Aplin completed three passes that covered at least 53 yards, including a career-long 65-yard pass to Taylor Stockemer for A-State's first touchdown. He directed scoring drives that covered 47, 65, 68 and 76 yards, and connected with nine different players for at least one completion.
Aplin is the second A-State player to earn one of the Sun Belt's weekly honors this year, joining senior safety M.D. Jennings who was named the league's defensive player of the week last Monday.