JONESBORO (12/16/10) – Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin and wide receiver Allen Muse, both All-Sun Belt Conference selections, have been named to CollegeFootballNews.com's Sophomore All-America Team.
Aplin and Muse were both honorable mention selections and the only two offensive players from the Sun Belt Conference to make the squad. Red Wolves' defensive lineman Amos Draper was named to CollegeFootballNews.com's Freshman All-America Team earlier this week as an honorable mention choice as well.
Aplin, a First Team All-Sun Belt Conference pick, was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week three times this season. He broke the single-season school records for total offense (3,416 yards), total offensive plays (548), pass completions (252), pass yards (2,939), passing touchdowns (21) and pass attempts (410). His 61.5 completion percentage was the second highest in school history.
Aplin's 2010 numbers place him tied for second in Sun Belt Conference history in touchdowns responsible for (32), third in total plays, fourth in total offense, sixth in passing yards and passing touchdowns and seventh in completions. Nationally, he ranks tied for 13th in points responsible for, 18th in total offense, 27th in passing yards and 49th in passing efficiency.
The Tampa, Fla. native leads the Sun Belt Conference in total offense and touchdowns responsible for and is ranked second in passing touchdowns, passing yards and completions and third in pass efficiency.
He was responsible for 70 percent of ASU's total offense that broke the school record and ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference. He threw at least one touchdown pass in every game and had at least one rushing touchdown in eight games. Aplin recorded a school-record 438 passing yards against Louisiana-Lafayette, which was the most by a Sun Belt Conference player this season and the 17th most in the nation. He also broke the school record for completions (33) and total offense (442) in a game. Aplin passed for at least 200 yards in nine games and recorded at least 200 yards of total offense in 11 outings.
Muse was an Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference selection after enjoying the best season of his young career. He posted career-best numbers for receptions (42), receiving yards (635) and touchdowns (6), which all rank among the top-10 players in the Sun Belt conference. His 42 receptions and 635 yards were both the second highest on the team.
The Leesville, La. native posted two 100-yard receiving games, including 133 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette and 119 against Troy. He recorded multiple receptions in 10 games, including a career-high eight catches against Navy. He is ranked seventh in the Sun Belt Conference in receiving yards and 10th in receptions. Muse averaged 15.1 yards per reception in 2010.
While Aplin and Muse were the only Sun Belt Conference representatives on CFN's Sophomore All-America Team from the offensive side of the ball, Troy defensive lineman Jonathan Massaquoi and Florida International defensive back Jonathan Cyprien were defensive honorable mention choices.