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Arkansas State DE named conference athlete of the year

Former Arkansas State football player Alex Carrington has been named the Sun Belt Conference’s 2009-10 Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

Carrington, a defensive end for the Red Wolves from 2006-09, is the first Arkansas State student-athlete to ever win the award.

“We are thrilled for Alex to be honored and recognized with the top award given by the Sun Belt Conference,” Arkansas State athletic director Dr. Dean Lee said. “His record, both academically and athletically, are well documented, and his character and integrity truly epitomize what you are looking for in a student-athlete. We are extremely proud of him and how he represents our athletic program.”

Carrington graduated with his bachelor’s degree in psychology in December 2009 and was selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills. This season, Carrington was named first team All-Sun Belt Conference, ESPN The Magazine first-team Academic All-District VI, preseason SBC Defensive Player of the Year and the Little Rock Touchdown Club ASU Player of the Year. He was also a member of the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society.

Carrington completed his career with 21.5 sacks, the second most ever by an ASU player and the fourth most in Sun Belt history. He also had 146 total tackles and 40.5 tackles for loss.