"I think this is the last time I'll probably do something of that magnitude on the field, so it was a little weird," Aplin said of his experience. "Coming out here to train in the mornings this week without going through meetings and practice definitely felt different, but at the same time its time to start the next chapter. The last two months have been non-stop training, so it was nice to get this point. I'm hopeful I'll get a couple of more workouts, but if not, I'm going to run with what I've got and give it my all." - Arkansas State football
01/06/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Ryan Aplin finished his career strong as the Red Wolves' all-time wins leader at the FBS level while breaking nearly every school record in passing and total offense. This will be Aplin's second bowl appearance and he has won 19 games over the last two years. - The Sports Xchange
12/14/2012 - 2012 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES & MEDIA): Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State, Sr., QB), has been selected First Team All-Sun Belt Conference (Coaches & Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Aplin became just the second player in Sun Belt history to be named the conference's Player of the Year two times, joining former North Texas defensive lineman Brandon Kennedy (2002-03). Along with former running back Danny Smith (2002), Aplin is one of two ASU players to ever earn the conference's highest football honor.
Aplin finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the conference in total offense (3,572 yards) and passing efficiency (155.8) and No. 2 in passing yards (3,129). He broke his own school record for passing touchdowns with 23 and was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week three straight times to end the regular season. Aplin is already the Sun Belt Conference's all-time leader in career total offense and passing yards, and he needs just seven completions in the bowl game to break the league record as well. - Arkansas State football
12/06/2012 - 2012 SUN BELT PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State, Sr., QB)...Aplin, a two-time SBC Offensive Player of the Week winner this season, became the SBC's all-time leader in career offensive (297.5 per game) and passing yards (3129) this season. He finished the 2012 campaign ranked 21st in total offense, 25th in passing efficiency, 30th in passing yards per game and 33rd in points.
The Tampa, Fla. native threw 23 touchdown passes this season with seven multi-touchdown games, including a career-high four in one contest. The senior threw for over 300 yards in five games this season and was a Senior CLASS Award Finalist. Additionally, Aplin was on the watch lists for the Manning Award, Walter Camp, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Senior Bowl. - Sun Belt football
12/03/2012 - WEEK 14 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State, Sr., QB)...Senior quarterback Ryan Aplin completed 19-of-21 passes (.905 percentage) for 238 yards and three touchdowns, while also adding 64 yards rushing and a touchdown on six attempts to post 302 yards total offense in Arkansas State's 45-0 win over Middle Tennessee that clinched its second consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship.
Aplin's completion percentage tied the second highest in ASU history for a single game and his three passing touchdowns gave him a school-record 23 on the season. He 12.5 yards per completion without an interceptions and averaged 10.7 yards per rushing attempt. Aplin collected his 32nd career 200-yard passing game and went over 300 yards total offense for the 19th time of his career. - Sun Belt football
11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 SUN BELT 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. - Sun Belt football
11/17/2012 - Ryan Aplin became the Sun Belt Conference's all-time leading passer and set an Arkansas State record for total yards in Saturday's 41-34 win over Troy. Aplin was 28-of-42 passing for 369 yards and four touchdowns as the Red Wolves (8-3, 6-1) won their sixth straight game. The senior has 10,307 career passing yards, eclipsing Rusty Smith's conference record of 10,112 with Florida Atlantic from 2006-09. With 85 yards rushing, Aplin totaled 454 yards offense Saturday.
Corey Robinson threw for 417 yards for Troy (5-6, 3-4), while kicker Will Scott was 4 for 4 on field goals. Robinson was 26 of 35, including a 51-yard first-quarter touchdown to Chip Reeves. Arkansas State's David Oku carried 20 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Oku's 1-yarder with 4:49 remaining gave the Red Wolves a 41-31 lead. Troy made it a seven-point game on Scott's 29-yard kick with 3 1/2 minutes to play. - AP Sports
11/12/2012 - WEEK 11 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State, Sr., QB)...Senior quarterback Ryan Aplin was responsible for three touchdowns and 378 yards total offense, including a season-high 334 passing yards, in Arkansas State's 45-23 victory over ULM. Aplin 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. He posted his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season and 10th of his career. 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. - Sun Belt football
11/08/2012 - THIS WEEKS GAME: Arkansas State vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Nov. 8 -- As Sun Belt foes, ASU leads the series 7-4 after picking up a win over the Warhawks the last two seasons, including a 24-19 victory in Monroe last year. KEYS TO THE GAME: This game could potentially be for the Sun Belt championship so the team who puts the ball on the ground may be in trouble. ASU's offense seems to have taken flight the last few games getting balance from the rushing and passing game. The Red Wolves need to stay disciplined on defense and put pressure on a ULM quarterback making his first start after the injury to the ULM starter last week against Lafayette. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Ryan Aplin has set five new school records this year, giving him 21 combined game, season and career records at ASU. His single-game records include most plays, total offense, most average yards per game, passes attempted, completion percentage and completions. His single-season records include most plays, total offense, passes attempted, completions, touchdown passes, highest completion percentage and most passing yards per game. His career records include total offense, total plays, most average yards per game, completions, pass attempts, highest completion percentage, touchdown passes and most passing yards per game. - The Sports Xchange
10/24/2012 - Brian Davis kicked five field goals and Arkansas State rolled up 526 yards of offense in a 50-27 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday night. The Red Wolves (5-3, 3-1 Sun Belt Conference) scored 20 points in the game's first 16 minutes en route to stretching their conference winning streak to seven games and stopping Louisiana-Lafayette's home winning streak at eight games. The Ragin' Cajuns (4-3, 2-2) were plagued by five turnovers. Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin completed 21 of 31 passes for 269 yards and one touchdown. Rocky Hayes led the Red Wolves in rushing, gaining 86 yards on three carries with one touchdown. Terrance Broadway was 28 for 39 passing and three touchdowns for Louisiana-Lafayette, but had three interceptions. - AP Sports
10/23/2012 - THIS WEEKS GAME: Arkansas State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, OCT. 23 -- Nine of the last 12 meetings have been decided by six points or less. UL has won the last seven meetings between the two teams in Lafayette, with ASU's last road win against the Ragin' Cajuns coming 20-7 in 1992. Tuesday's game will be the 41st meeting alltime between ASU and Louisiana. A-State's 40 games played against the Ragin' Cajuns are the second most against any opponent in school history behind only its 57 played against Memphis. KEYS TO THE GAME: This game has Sun Belt Title implications. Simply put, Arkansas State can't afford to turn the ball over against the Cajuns. Senior quarterback Ryan Aplin fumbled three times against South Alabama in the last game the Red Wolves played forcing the Red Wolves to play come from behind against the Jaguars. - The Sports Xchange
10/14/2012 - Ryan Aplin passed for 203 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a score to lead Arkansas State to a 36-29 victory against South Alabama on Saturday night. Aplin completed 17 of 22 passes for the Red Wolves (4-3, 2-1 Sun Belt), who overcame a 10-0 first-quarter deficit to post back-to-back wins for the first time since stringing nine victories together to end the 2011 regular season. Ross Metheny was 24 of 38 for 241 yards with three touchdowns and an interception for the Jaguars (1-5, 0-2). With Arkansas State holding a six-point lead in the fourth quarter, Aplin hit Taylor Stockemer with a 9-yard touchdown pass that, with a two-point conversion, made the score 36-22 with 11:55 remaining. Stockemer had 65 yards on four receptions, giving him 36 straight games with at least one catch, the second-longest streak in the nation. Conner Vernon of Duke has 42 games in a row with a reception. - AP Sports
10/04/2012 - THIS WEEKS GAME: Arkansas State vs. Florida International, Oct. 4 -- Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn still in search of his for SBC victory as ASU's head coach. KEYS TO THE GAME: Arkansas State must take care of the ball on offense while getting David Oku into the open field. Also the Red Wolves need to hold their blocks longer to improve on the downfield passing game. Defense must rebound from the Western Kentucky second half debacle. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Ryan Aplin has tossed at least one touchdown in 29 of his last 33 games dating back to his freshman season. Aplin has also thrown for at least 200 yards 25 times in his career and all 25 have come over ASU's last 32 games. Additionally, he has 15 career games with over 300 yards total offense, including five of the last eight. - The Sports Xchange
09/23/2012 - Ryan Aplin threw for 198 yards and three touchdowns, and Arkansas State limited Alcorn State to 130 yards of offense in a 56-0 victory on Saturday night. Aplin completed 12 of 13 passes for the Red Wolves (2-2) and did not play in the second half. With 50 career TD passes, the senior moved into first on the school's all-time list. Alcorn State (1-1) had 13 possessions, with just three lasting more than five plays. Quarterback John Gibbs passes had 12 completions for only 39 yards and rushed for 47 yards on six carries. Rod Smith rushed for 104 yards and touchdown for Arkansas State, and nine different players caught a pass. Ronnell Wright returned a fumble 7 yards for a touchdown and David Oku rushed for two TDs in the first half as the Red Wolves led 42-0 at the break. - AP Sports
08/04/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE: Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State...Aplin is one of the nation's most underrated quarterbacks, recording 4,176 yards and 29 overall scores last year. New coach Gus Malzahn is bringing an up-tempo offense to Jonesboro, which should allow Aplin to have Arkansas State in the hunt for the Sun Belt title once again. - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT TEAM (COACHES/SELECT MEDIA): Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State, Sr., QB)...As a junior, Aplin was named 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year after completing 63.9 percent (304-of-476) of his passes for 3,588 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also led the Red Wolves in rushing with 588 yards and 10 touchdowns. Aplin was also the 2011-12 Sun Belt Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year and is a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference first-team selection. He will enter his senior season with 16 school records to his credit, including eight season, five single-game and three career marks. He enters his senior season as the SBC's fourth all-time leader in total offense, completions and passing yards. Among active players, Aplin is the nation's fifth leading player in career passing yards and completions, and fourth leading player in career total offense. - Arkansas State football
07/20/2012 - 2012 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State, has been selected to the Preseason Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback by The Davey O'Brien Foundation. Aplin, who was selected as the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the Year earlier this week, becomes the second player in the history of ASU football to be named to the Watch List, joining former quarterback Corey Leonard, who was a semifinalist for the award in 2007. The winner of the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards show Dec. 6. The field of top quarterbacks will be narrowed to 16 semifinalists Oct. 22. As a junior, Aplin completed 63.9 percent (304-of-476) of his passes for 3,588 yards and 19 touchdowns and was named the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. He also led the Red Wolves in rushing with 588 yards and 10 touchdowns. Arkansas State won the Sun Belt Championship with a perfect 8-0 league mark while finishing 10-3 overall. - Arkansas State football
07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Ryan Aplin, senior, QB, Arkansas State, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Aplin, who was selected as the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year earlier this week, becomes the first player in the history of ASU football to be named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award. The Walter Camp Award Watch List is the latest to recognize Aplin, who is also on the Davey O'Brien Watch list, Manning Award Watch List and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Watch List heading into the 2012 season. As a junior, Aplin completed 63.9 percent (304-of-476) of his passes for 3,588 yards and 19 touchdowns and was named the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. He also led the Red Wolves in rushing with 588 yards and 10 touchdowns. Arkansas State won the Sun Belt Championship with a perfect 8-0 league mark while finishing 10-3 overall. Aplin was also the 2011-12 Sun Belt Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year and is a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference first-team selection. - Arkansas State football
07/17/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State, Sr., QB)...As a junior, Aplin was named 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year after completing 63.9 percent (304-of-476) of his passes for 3,588 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also led the Red Wolves in rushing with 588 yards and 10 touchdowns. Aplin was also the 2011-12 Sun Belt Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year and is a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference first-team selection. e will enter his senior season with 16 school records to his credit, including eight season, five single-game and three career marks. He enters his senior season as the SBC's fourth all-time leader in total offense, completions and passing yards. Among active players, Aplin is the nation's fifth leading player in career passing yards and completions, and fourth leading player in career total offense. He was recently named the USA Today Preseason Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, and was named to Athlon's, Blue Ribbon College Yearbook and Phil Steele's preseason first-team All-Sun Belt Conference lists. Aplin is also on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List and the Manning Award Watch List heading into the 2012 season. - Arkansas State football