||Arkansas State University
||Gus Malzahn, John Thompson (interim), Hugh Freeze, David Gunn (interim), Steve Roberts
On field accomplishments
- Led Arkansas State to a 10-3 overall record, its second straight Sun Belt Conference championship and a 17-13 victory against No. 25 Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl, helping ASU gain national respect with 28 votes in the final AP Top-25 poll and 13 in the USA Today Coaches poll. He led ASU to back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in school history, its first bowl victory since 1970 and to its first win over a top-25 ranked opponent since joining the FBS in 1992
- He finished his career with over 25 combined single game, season and career school records and as the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader in career total offense, passing yards and completions
- He closed out his senior campaign ranked No. 3 in career total offense, No. 5 in career completions, passing yards and touchdowns responsible for and No. 11 in career passing touchdowns among active players
- His senior season alone, he ranked 17th in the nation in passing efficiency and 25th in total both offense and passing yards.
Awards and honors
- 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl Player of the Game
- 2011 and 2012 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year
- 2011-12 Sun Belt Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year
- 3-time First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection
- 8-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week
- 2012 Senior CLASS Award finalist (1 of 10 players in the nation)
- 2012 Second Team All-America selection by the Senior CLASS Award
- Named to the 2012 Manning Award, Walter Camp, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Senior Bowl watch lists
- 3-time Little Rock Touchdown Club’s Arkansas State Player of the Year.
- Earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Arkansas State University in December of 2012 with a cumulative GPA of 3.364
- Member of the A.D. Honor roll in eight of 10 semesters
- Member of Chancellor’s list twice and Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s list six times.
- Ryan 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
- Ryan has visited hospitals on numerous occasions, including LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and the USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Ala.
Comments from his Director of Athletics
Ryan Aplin is not only everything you could ask for in a student-athlete, he is an amazing person who makes others around him better. He has been a leader on the field, in the classroom and in the community, and I know he will be a tremendous ambassador for Arkansas State University in the future. He is the type of person that deflects praise to others and shoulders criticism, often showing character and maturity beyond his years. I am certain that Ryan will be successful and impact lives in a positive manner no matter where his future leads him because he is already a ‘star of today’. – Terry Mohajir, Arkansas State University Director of Athletics
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