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Ryan Aplin


Arkansas State

Exercise Science


Aplin carries a GPA of 3.33 and is on track to graduate in December with a degree in Exercise Science.  He is a member of the A.D. Honor roll in six of eight semesters and a member of the Chancellor’s list twice and SBC Commissioner’s list six times.


Aplin was selected as the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2012 for showing exemplary character off the field and excellence on the field.  His sister Carlye was born with Smith-McGinnis Syndrome, and as a result, part of Aplin’s normal lifestyle is caring for her special needs on a daily basis while at home.  Aplin is active in March of Dimes and Special Olympics.


Aplin has been an active worker and organizer of Special Olympic events since his high school career.  He also has organized and help publicize March of Dimes fundraisers - both as a direct result of having a close family member (sister) affected by Smith-McGinnis Syndrome.  Aplin has visited hospitals on numerous occasions, including LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.


Aplin is the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Student-Athlete of the Year ad the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. He is a two-time first-team All-SBC and enters his senior season as the SBC’s fourth all-time leader in total offense, completions and passing yards. He is ranked No. 1 in the Sun Belt Conference in total offense and total passing yards, No. 2 in pass efficiency, No. 4 in scoring (TDs), No. 7 in scoring and No. 9 in rushing yards in 2011.  Aplin is one of just two players in the history of the SBC to record over 3,000 yards total offense in two different seasons (2011 and 2010).  He is ranked No. 2 in Sun Belt Conference history in single-season total offense, No. 4 in touchdowns responsible for (29) and No. 5 in passing yards. Entering 2012 season, Aplin is on the USA Today Preseason Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and Athlon’s, Blue Ribbon College Yearbook, Phil Steele’s Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt Conference, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List, Manning Award Watch List and Walter Camp Watch List.  He enters his senior season with 16 school records to his credit, including 8 season, 5 single-game and 3 career marks that stand atop the most successful in ASU history. In just three seasons, Aplin has broken the school record for career completions (633). He is currently second all-time at ASU in career total offense (8,734) and passing yards (7,416), third in passing touchdowns (43) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (25).  In 2011, Aplin broke his own single-season school records for total offense (4,176 yards), total offense per game (321.2 ypg), pass completions (304), passing yards (3,588) and passing yards per game (276.0). He put up numbers that are among the best in the nation, ranking No. 10 in the country in total offense, No. 14 in passing yards, No. 20 in completions per game (23.38) and No. 33 in points responsible for (13.85 ppg). He rushed for a career-best 588 yards that led the team and gives him 1,318 for his career. He has recorded a team-high 10 rushing touchdowns.