Arkansas State headlines Sun Belt teams

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

Special teams

PK: Jack Griffin, FIU

P: Will Atterberry, North Texas

RS: T.Y. Hilton, FIU,

AP: T.Y. Hilton, FIU