JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Blue Ribbon Forecast announced its 2012 Preseason all-Sun Belt Conference team on Tuesday. Arkansas State standouts Ryan Aplin & Josh Jarboe were selected on offense, and Nathan Herrold was picked on defense.
Aplin is a two-time first-team All-Sun Belt choice and was named the league's Player of the Year in 2011 after leading the Red Wolves to an undefeated run through conference play and to the GoDaddy.com Bowl. He was also recently named the Sun Belt Conference's 2011-12 Student-Athlete of the Year.
Jarboe completed his junior season at wide receiver in 2011 with 54 receptions for 730 yards and two touchdowns to earn second team All-Sun Belt Conference honors. His 54 receptions were the seventh most in school history and his receiving yards ranked as the 10th highest.
Herrold was a second team All-Sun Belt Conference choice last season. The linebacker was also picked to Phil Steele's preseason All-Sun Belt 2nd team.
Florida International - who was picked by Blue Ribbon to win the league championship - led all Sun Belt teams with seven all-conference selections. WKU and Louisiana-Lafayette each registered five honorees.
BLUE RIBBON FORECAST
PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE TEAM
WR - Javone Lawson, Louisiana-Lafayette
WR - Josh Jarboe, Arkansas State
OL - Caylin Hauptmann, FIU
OL - Cyril Lemon, North Texas
OL - Sean Conway, WKU
OL - Adam Smith, WKU
OL - Jaron Odom, Louisiana-Lafayette
QB - Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State
RB - Kedrick Rhodes, FIU
RB - Jyruss Edwards, ULM
TE - Jack Doyle, WKU
DL - Tourek Williams, FIU
DL - Jamarcus Allen, WKU
DL - Isame Faciane, FIU
LB - David Hinds, FAU
LB - Andrew Jackson, WKU
LB - Winston Fraser, FIU
LB - Nathan Herrold, Arkansas State
DB - Jose Cheeseborough, FIU
DB - Jemarlous Moten, Louisiana-Lafayette
DB - Jonathan Cyprien, FIU
DB - Brynden Trawick, Troy
PK - Brett Baer, Louisiana-Lafayette
KR - Brelan Chancellor, North Texas
P - Will Atterberry, North Texas
PR - Darryl Surgent, Louisiana-Lafayette
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kedrick Rhodes, RB, FIU
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Drayton Calhoun, RB, Middle Tennessee