Four Red Wolves earn College Football Performance Award honors

JONESBORO, Ark. ( – Four student-athletes on the 2013 Arkansas State University football team have been honored with College Football Performance Award (CFPA) recognition for their performances in last Thursday's (Sept. 12) 41-34 home victory over Troy at A-State's Liberty Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark.

Sophomore running back Michael Gordon, senior wide receiver Allen Muse, sophomore tight end Darion Griswold, and senior defensive tackle Amos Draper all earned honorable mention accolades.

Gordon, a 5-9, 187-pound back from Camden, Miss., rushed for both a game and personal career-high 115 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries while averaging 14.4 yards a carry against Troy.  On the season in three games to date, Gordon has compiled 210 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries for a 13.1 yards per attempt average.

Muse caught a season-high six passes for a career-best 158 receiving yards and had a 55-yard touchdown catch versus Troy.  The Leesville, La. Native's 158 receiving yards against the Trojans represented the sixth most nationally in this past week's action and was the 12th highest single-game receiving yardage in the program's history.  This season, the 6-4, 226-pound Muse presently leads Arkansas State with 178 receiving yards on eight receptions and is averaging 22.2 yards per catch in three contests.

Griswold registered two catches for 40 yards in the Red Wolves' Sun Belt Conference (SBC) opening win, averaging 20.0 yards per reception.  Griswold, who hails from Dumas, Ark., helped the Red Wolves chalk up 228 rushing yards and 539 yards in total offense.  The 6-5, 264-pounder has eight receptions for 100 yards to go with a 12.5 yards average per catch average in three contests this fall.

Draper, a 6-3, 266-pound lineman posted five tackles (two solos) against Troy while recording two tackles for a loss of six yards, a forced fumble and his first career pass interception.  Draper has made 12 stops (four solos) and compiled 3.0 tackles for minus 15 yards in three appearances this season.  A native of Tanner, Ala., Draper has also chalked up one pass interception, a pass breakup, and one forced fumble for the 2013 campaign.

With their selections, A-State has now had five individuals attain CFPA Honorable Mention accolades this season as senior kicker Brian Davis was honored for his week two performance at Auburn (9/7).

Arkansas State, which is currently 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the SBC this season, visits the Memphis Tigers this Saturday (Sept. 21) in a 3:30 p.m. (CT) kickoff at Memphis, Tenn.  The non-conference game, which is to be played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, will be televised live on ESPN3.