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JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) - Arkansas State senior quarterback Ryan Aplin was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after accounting for three touchdowns and 378 yards total offense, including a season-high 334 passing yards, in the Red Wolves' 45-23 victory over ULM last Thursday.
Aplin earned the league's weekly honor for the first time this season, but also the sixth time of his career. He is the fourth A-State player to be recognized by the Sun Belt with one of its weekly awards, joining linebackers Nathan Herrold and Qushaun Lee and kicker Brian Davis.
The Tampa, Fla. native completed 26-of-34 attempts for a .765 percentage and threw two touchdown passes covering 35 and 70 yards. His rushing touchdown covered 38 yards and gave ASU its first lead of the game at 14-7. Aplin ran his passing-touchdown count on the season to 16, which ties the third most in ASU history.
Aplin posted his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season and 10th of his career, while his 334 yards tied the 10th most in school history. He has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in 34 of his last 38 games dating back to his freshman season and completed multiple touchdowns in six games this year. Including the ULM game, Aplin has now rushed for a touchdown in four of the last five games.
Aplin holds 21 combined single-game, season and career school records and is the Sun Belt Conference's all-time leader in total offense with 11,550 yards to his credit. He is nearing the league's all-time best mark for passing yards in a career as well, needing just 175 more to move past FAU's Rusty Smith for the record. Additionally, he is ranked second all-time in the league in completions (841), tied for second in touchdown passes (59) and third in rushing yards by a quarterback (1,612).
A-State's victory over ULM?pushed its overall record to 7-3 and conference mark to 5-1 on the season. Arkansas State will carry a five-game winning streak and the Sun Belt Conference's best record into its final road game of the regular season, facing Troy this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy, Ala.
(Source: Arkansas State University)