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Photo courtesy of Arkansas State Athletics
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.
Defensive Player of the Week
Nathan Herrold (Arkansas State, Sr., LB)
Senior linebacker Nathan Herrold recorded a team-high 10 tackles, two tackles for a loss, an interception and a pass break-up in Arkansas State’s 45-0 win over Middle Tennessee that clinched its second consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship. Herrold posted double-figure stops for the fifth time this season and the eighth time of his career, pushing his season total to 109 to make him the first ASU player with over 100 tackles in a season since the 2007 campaign. His 109 tackles are also the most by an ASU player since Tyrell Johnson had 112 in 2005. Herrold’s interception gave him three on the season and he returned it 45 yards. With ASU leading 7-0, his pick stopped a Middle Tennessee drive at the ASU 31-yard line and set the Red Wolves’ offense up at the Blue Raiders’ 33 for its second touchdown of the game and a 14-0 lead.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Brian Davis (Arkansas State, Jr., K)
Junior kicker Brian Davis was responsible for 10 points by kicking, including seven extra points and a field goal, in ASU’s 45-0 win over Middle Tennessee that clinched its second consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship. Davis was a perfect 1-of-1 on his field goal attempts, connecting from 21 yards out to give him 40 career field goals that ties the second most in ASU history. He pushed his season field goals total to 16, giving him sole possession of the fifth most in school history for a single season. His 10 points by kicking gave him a school-record 100 on the season, topping his own record of 98 that was set last season.