From the Sun Belt Conference
Week Twelve Sun Belt Conference Football Players of the Week – As selected by the Sun Belt media panel
Offensive Player of the Week
Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State, Sr., QB)
Senior quarterback Ryan Aplin recorded a school-record 454 yards of total offense, including a season-high 369 passing yards with a career-high four touchdowns, and broke the Sun Belt Conference record for career passing yards in Arkansas State's 41-34 road victory against Troy. Aplin completed 28-of-42 passing attempts and increased his passing touchdowns' total to 20, the second most in ASU history. His four passing touchdowns also tied the second most in school history and matched the most by a Sun Belt Conference player this year. He rushed for a season-high 85 yards as well with a 7.1 average per attempt. Aplin became the second player in Sun Belt Conference history to throw for over 10,000 yards, increasing his career total to 10,307 to move him past FAU's Rusty Smith (10,112 yards from 2006-09) for the league record.
Defensive Player of the Week
Jajuan Harley (Middle Tennessee, r-Jr., DB)
Safety Jajuan Harley was responsible for forcing three South Alabama turnovers in Middle Tennessee's 20-12 victory over the Jaguars. Harley also managed five tackles in the Blue Raiders victory. The Tallahassee product recorded his first interception in the first quarter, stopping a USA scoring drive. He then forced a fumble and recovered his own force to help thwart the South Alabama offense. Finally, Harley intercepted a pass in the dwindling minutes of the fourth quarter to seal the Blue Raiders fifth win on the road. Harley has 63 tackles and a team-best three interceptions in 10 games this season.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Richard Leonard (FIU, So., RS)