Ryan Aplin named Senior CLASS Award finalist

JONESBORO (AStateRedWolves.com) – Arkansas State senior quarterback Ryan Aplin was named Thursday as one of 10 finalists for the prestigious 2012 Senior CLASS Award, annually recognizing an NCAA FBS senior with notable achievements in areas of community, classroom, character and competition.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September.  Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner.  Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award Web site through Dec. 3.  Fan votes will be combined with media and NCAA FBS head head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012-13 bowl season.  Joining Aplin as finalists for the award are Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State), Matt Barkley (USC), Duron Harmon (Rutgers), Barrett Jones (Alabama), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Collin Klein (Kansas State), Sean Renfree (Duke), Adam Replogle (Indiana) and Manti Te'o (Notre Dame).

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Aplin, the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and 2012 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, holds 21 combined game, season and career A-State records.  He is ranked among the top-six active NCAA players in career total offense (3rd), passing yards (5th), touchdowns responsible for (5th) and completions (6th).

Aplin carries a GPA of 3.33 and is on track to graduate in December with a degree in Exercise Science.  He is a six-time ASU Athletic Director's Honor Roll and Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List choice and has twice been named to the Chancellor's List.

The Tampa, Fla. native was selected as the 2011-12 Sun Belt Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year for showing exemplary character off the field and excellence on the field. He is also active in March of Dimes and Special Olympics.  He has been an active worker and organizer for Special Olympics events since his high school career.  He has also organized and help publicize march of Dimes fundraisers.  Aplin has visited hospitals on numerous occasions as part of the football team's community service projects.