ASU Football begins preparation for FIU

JONEBORO, AR. (KAIT) - Arkansas State will begin preparing for their season finale Monday afternoon. The Red Wolves will practice four days this week. ASU will go Monday and Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. They'll have morning practices on Wednesday and Thanksgiving day. Both of those will start at 10 a.m.

The Red Wolves will head to South Beach for the season finale.  ASU hopes to take their talents to spoil FIU's shot at the conference title. The Panthers have won five straight after starting the season 0 - 4.

FIU currently sits at 5-5 overall and 5-1 in conference play. With another win, the Panthers would not only become bowl eligible for the first time in program history, but they would also clinch a Sun Belt Conference Championship.

Already holding the single-season school records for total offense (3,260 yards), pass completions (244) and passing touchdowns (19), sophomore quarterback Ryan Aplin broke the ASU records for passing yards (2,813), pass attempts (391) and total offensive plays (523) during the Navy game .  Aplin is ranked among the top six players in Sun Belt Conference history for single-season touchdowns responsible for (3rd), passing yards (5th), total offense (4th), pass completions (6th) and passing touchdowns (T-6th)

ASU finished the Navy game with 365 yards of total offense, giving it over 300 yards in every game this season.  A-State broke the school record for team passing yards (2,903) and team passing touchdowns (20) during the Navy game.  ASU enters the FIU game need just four first downs and 254 yards of total offense to break the school records.

Junior running back Jermaine Robertson rushed for a career-high 92 yards against the Midshipmen.  Junior wide receiver Dwayne Frampton will enter the Florid International game needing six receptions to break the school record of 72.  Senior safety M.D. Jennings recorded a team-high 11 tackles against Navy, marking the second straight week and third time this year he has posted double-figure tackles. Jennings is currently ranked second on the team and 11th in the Sun Belt Conference in tackles with 76 this year.

A-State recorded two fumble recoveries against Navy and is now ranked 16th in the nation in turnovers gained with 24.  True freshman wide receiver and return specialist R.J. Fleming finished the Navy game with a career-high 96 kickoff return yards, including an 81-yard return that was the longest by an ASU player since 2001. Fleming is averaging 52.7 yards per return on three attempts this season with two returns of at least 60 yards.

ASU holds a 4-1 record all-time against Florida International and while the Red Wolves won last year's meeting 27-10 in Jonesboro, they dropped a 22-21 decision in 2008 that marks the last time they played in Miami.

Kickoff is Saturday at 2:30 on the Sun Belt Network.

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