JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) — Following his performance in Arkansas State's 30-21 Sun Belt Conference victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, ASU junior quarterback Ryan Aplin was named SBC Offensive Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com, and sophomore placekicker Brian Davis and senior punter Neely Sullivent were named to the national honorable mention list by College Football Performance Awards.
Aplinrecorded 296 yards of total offense, including 226 yards through the air and 70 on the ground, and was responsible for three touchdowns in the win over theCajuns. He completed 20-of-32 passes (63%) and tossed a pair of touchdown passes that gave ASU an early 14-0 lead. His rushing touchdown came with 1:31 left in the third quarter, putting the Red Wolves back ahead 27-21 after the Ragin' Cajuns had taken a one-point lead earlier in the quarter. During the game, he became the Sun Belt Conference's fifth all-time leader in passing yards with 6,413 career yards to his credit. He also went over 3,000 yards of total offense this season during the game, making him just the second Sun Belt Conference player ever with at least 3,000 yards in two different seasons. Aplin was responsible for at least three touchdowns in a game for the fifth time this season and went over 200 yards passing for the ninth time.
Davis was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts and added three extra points to finish with 12 points in the victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. His three field goals were the second-most of his career, tied the second-most this year by a Sun Belt player and marks the fourth time of his career he has made multiple field goals in a game. His last field goal in the game gave ASU a two-possession lead with 2:49 remaining. During the game, he moved into a tie for the fourth most field goals made (15) in a season by an ASU player, and he also took over fourth place for the most points made by kicking (77).
Sullivent punted twice in the game for a 49.0-yard average. He had a long punt of 53 yards and both of his kicks were downed inside the Ragin' Cajuns' 20-yard line. Sullivent has punted 13 times on the season, averaging 42.2 yards per kick. He has a long punt of 67 yards, two kicks ofmore than 50 yards and six of his 13 punts have been downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
Holding a 6-0 Sun Belt record with two league games remaining on its schedule, Arkansas State (8-2 overall) can secure at least a share of the conference championship when it returns to action Saturday at Middle Tennessee State (2-7, 1-4). The Red Wolves currently hold the nation's seventh longest winning streak at seven games, which includes three consecutive road victories. The Red Wolves are ranked 28th nationally by CBSSports.com and are 36th in the latest BCS standings.
Saturday's kickoff against the Blue Raiders is set for 2:00 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and the game will be televised by ESPN3.com.