Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin and defensive lineman Brandon Joiner were selected Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, as the Sun Belt announced its all-conference teams Wednesday.
Aplin helped the Red Wolves to the outright Sun Belt championship as the Red Wolves also became the first team in the league's 11-year history to win 10 regular-season games. He ranks 10th nationally in total offense with 320 yards per game and has passed for 18 touchdowns and rushed for another 10 touchdowns.
Joiner has 12 sacks, ranking No. 4 in the nation in sacks per game, while also being among the national leaders in tackles for loss.
Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey was named Offensive Player of the Year after ranking first nationally in net rushing yards with 1,695 and second in average rushing yards per game (138).
Louisiana-Lafayette running back Alonzo Harris garnered Freshman of the Year honors, and Arkansas State coach Hugh Freeze was named the Coach of the Year in his first and only year as the head coach of the Red Wolves.
Here are the first teams:
QB: Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State
RB: Lance Dunbar, North Texas
RB: Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky
WR: Dwayne Frampton, Arkansas State
WR: T.Y. Hilton, FIU
WR: Javone Lawson, ULL
TE: Ladarius Green, ULL
OL: Tom Castilaw, Arkansas State
OL: Colin Boss, Middle Tennessee
OL: Matt Tomlinson, North Texas
OL: Wes Jeffries, Western Kentucky
OL: James Brown, Troy
DL: Brandon Joiner, Arkansas State
DL: Bernard Smith, ULL
DL: Ken Dorsey, ULM
DL: Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy
LB: Demario Davis, Arkansas State
LB: Lance Kelley, ULL
LB: Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky
DB: Darryl Feemster, Arkansas State
DB: Kelcie McCray, Arkansas State
DB: Dwight “Bill” Bentley, ULL
DB:Darius Prelow, ULM
PK: Jack Griffin, FIU
P: Will Atterberry, North Texas
RS: T.Y. Hilton, FIU,
AP: T.Y. Hilton, FIU