N. Texas at ASU in-depth preview
JONESBORO - Arkansas State continues Sun Belt Conference
QB Ryan Aplin
play at 6 p.m. Saturday, hosting North Texas in its 2011
homecoming game. Every A-State game can be heard live
on 107.9 FM in the Jonesboro area, 88.3 FM Little Rock
and at AStateRedWolves.com.
2011 ASU SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 3 at Illinois (TV) L, 15-33
SEPT. 10 MEMPHIS (TV) W, 47-3
Sept. 17 at No. 13 Virginia Tech (TV) L, 7-26
SEPT. 24 CENTRAL ARKANSAS (TV) W, 53-24
Oct. 1 at Western Kentucky* (TV) W, 26-22
Oct. 8 at Louisiana-Monroe* W, 24-19
OCT. 18 FIU* (TV) W, 34-16
OCT. 29 NORTH TEXAS*^ 6 p.m.
Nov. 5 at Florida Atlantic* 3 p.m.
NOV. 12 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE* 2 p.m.
Nov. 19 at Middle Tennessee* (TV) TBA
DEC. 3 TROY* 2 p.m.
*SBC game ^Homecoming All Times Central
THE PRINCIPALS: A-State moved its overall record to 5-2
and Sun Belt Conference mark to 3-0 with a 34-16 victory
over FIU. The Red Wolves have won their past four games
and are 3-0 in conference play for the first time since
2006. North Texas started the year 0-3, but has now won
three of its last five games. The Mean Green is coming off
a 38-21 home victory over ULM that ran its conference
record to 2-2. ASU is 3-0 at home this year, while North
Texas is 0-4 on the road.
2011 SUN BELT STANDINGS
Arkansas State 3-0, 5-2
UL Lafayette 4-1, 6-2
WKU 3-1, 3-4
N. Texas 2-2, 3-5
FIU 1-2, 4-3
Middle Tenn, 1-2, 2-4
Troy 1-2, 2-4
ULM 1-2, 2-5
Fla. Atlantic 0-4, 0-7
ASU BY THE NUMBERS
1 victory needed by ASU to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2008.
1 victory needed by A-State to match its most victories ever as an FBS member.
1 home victory needed by ASU to secure its 7th consecutive season with a winning record at ASU Stadium.
3 100-yard receiving games this year by Dwayne Frampton, which ties the fourth most in school history.
3 interceptions by Darryl Feemster over the last five games.
3 ASU players have already earned their degree -- Tom Castilaw, Demario Davis and Derek Lawson.
3 conferences ASU and North Texas have shared -- Sun Belt, Big West, Southland.
4 games this season Ryan Aplin has recorded at least 300 yards of total offense.
4 consecutive victories by ASU -- the most since 2006.
4 ASU players named an SBC Player of the Week (Ryan Aplin, Brian Davis, Don Jones, Kelcie McCray).
4 ASU players are on a major award watch list, including the Biletnikoff, Lombardi and Rimington.
4 offensive linemen on the current ASU roster that transferred to ASU as part of its 2011 signing class.
5 wins by A-State are its most through seven games since the 2006 season.
5 sta s cal categories in which Ryan Aplin already ranks among the top 10 players in school history.
5 preseason All-Sun Belt Conference selections -- the most since 2009.
6 home games are on ASU's 2011 schedule -- the most since 2007.
6 consecutive victories by ASU against North Texas, dating back to the 2005 season.
6.9 receptions per game by Dwayne Frampton, the highest average in the Sun Belt and T17th in the nation.
7 victories by ASU over its last 8 homecoming games played, dating back to the 2003 season.
9 interceptions posted by the ASU defense over the last five games, including 2 against VT, WKU and ULM.
9 of ASU's last 12 games, dating back to last season, have seen DE Brandon Joiner record at least a par al sack.
9 offensive school records broken by the ASU offense last season under then OC Hugh Freeze.
10 plays this year by ASU that have covered at least 40 yards (8 pass/2rush).
11 statistical categories ASU ranks among the top 50 in the na on, including total offense and defense.
13 Ryan Aplin's national rank in total offense per game (304.9 ypg).
16 players were named All-Sun Belt Conference by at least one preseason publication.
17 statistical categories ASU ranks among the top 3 teams in the SBC, including total offense and defense.
18 out of the last 19 games A-State has recorded at least 300 yards of total offense.
19 straight games Dwayne Frampton has recorded a reception; every game of his career at ASU.
20 ASU's national rank in tackles for loss -- 7.57 per game.
26 seniors are on the ASU roster, including 12 redshirt seniors.
28 ASU's national rank in total defense (336.9 ypg).
31 ASU's national rank in total offense (435.7 ypg).
35 current ASU players named to the latest SBC Commissioner's List or Academic Honor Roll.
37 receiving yards needed by Taylor Stockemer to take over 10th place for career yards.
56 yard FG by Bobby Zalud vs. Memphis -- ties longest in the na on this year and ties longest in SBC history.
57 redshirt players on the current ASU roster.
88 yards needed by Ryan Aplin to take over third place for career total offense in school history.
ASU COACH HUGH FREEZE: After enjoying successful
Coach Hugh Freeze
stints as both a head and assistant coach at the NCAA FBS,
NAIA and high school levels over the last 18 years, Hugh
Freeze was named Arkansas State's 27th head football
coach on Dec. 2, 2010. Freeze most recently completed
his first season as Arkansas State's offensive coordinator,
guiding the Red Wolves' offense to a record-breaking year
THE ASU-NORTH TEXAS SERIES: Arkansas
State is 12-8 all-time against North Texas and has won the
last six meetings, including a 31-24 victory at Fouts Field
in 2005 that secured its spot in the New Orleans Bowl.
Five of the last six meetings between the two teams have
been decided by a touchdown or less, including a 24-19
ASU victory last season at Fouts Field. The Red Wolves
six-game winning streak against the Mean Green is currently
their longest against any Sun Belt Conference opponent.
The all-time series dates back to the 1983 season, when
NT defeated ASU 17-0 at War Memorial Stadium in Little
OLD TIES: While Arkansas State and North Texas have met
the past 10 seasons as Sun Belt Conference opponents, it
is not the first time the two teams have shared a league.
Both the Red Wolves and the Mean Green were members
of the Big West Conference at the same time from 1999-
2000 and the Southland Conference from 1983-1986.
LONE STAR SUCCESS: Dating back to the 2007 season,
Arkansas State has won its last seven games against teams
from the Lone Star state. The Red Wolves fell to Texas in
their 2007 season opener, but came back to sweep their
games over SMU and North Texas that year. A-State
knocked off Texas A&M, Texas Southern and North
Texas in 2008 and also defeated the Mean Green in
2009 and 2010.
A-STATE vs. SUN BELT CONFERENCE: Arkansas State is
66-63-1 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt
Conference. Since the league's inaugural football season
in 2001, the Red Wolves hold a 37-36 on-field record
against all opponents that have been a member of the
league. Against current members of the conference, ASU
is 32-32 since 2001. The Red Wolves hold their most all-time
victories against Louisiana-Monroe with 19. The Red
first played on Oct. 29 in 1926 when it defeated Lambuth
13-0 in Jonesboro. In addi on to Lambuth and Louisiana
Tech, A-State has also defeated Memphis, Murray State
and ULM on the date.
THROUGH SEVEN: Arkansas State holds its best record
through seven games since 2006 when it was 5-2 as well.
The last time ASU was 6-2 or be er through eight games
was 1986 when it was 6-1-1 as a member of the I-AA
Southland Conference. ASU has never started a season
6-2 or be er as an FBS member.
ON A ROLL: ASU has won four consecutive games for the
first me since 2006 when it won four in a row over FIU,
ULM, Memphis and North Texas. The last time the Red
Wolves put together a five-game winning streak was in
1986 when it won eight games in a row.
HOT START: Wins over FIU, ULM and North Texas in 2008
gave ASU its only other 3-0 start to Sun Belt play in school
history. ASU has never started 4-0 against Sun Belt Conference
competition and the last me it was 4-0 or better
in any league was 1986 when it actually posted a 5-0
Southland Conference record for the year.
LOOKING FOR BOWL ELIGIBILITY: With one more victory,
the Red Wolves will become bowl eligible for the first me
since 2008, but also for the fourth me over the last seven
seasons. Since becoming an FBS member, A-State has
never been bowl eligible a er eight games played. Not
only would a victory make ASU bowl eligible, it would give
the Red Wolves' six wins to match their most ever as an
FBS member (1995, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008).
HOMECOMING HISTORY: Arkansas State is 55-27-1 all-
me in Homecoming contests. The Red Wolves have won
seven of their last eight Homecoming games dating back
to the 2003 season. A-State had a seven-game winning
streak on its Homecoming snapped last season with a 34-
24 setback against Louisville.
HOME SWEET HOME: Arkansas State posted an actual
on-field winning record at ASU Stadium from 2005-2010.
With a 3-0 home record and three home games remaining
this season, ASU needs one more win in Jonesboro to
secure its seventh consecutive season with a winning
record at ASU Stadium. ASU is now 27-7 at ASU Stadium
since the 2005 season. The Red Wolves actual on-field
record all-time at ASU Stadium is 119-70-1 since opening
CROWD SUPPORT: Arkansas State's first two home games
this season were played in front of the largest back-to-back
crowds in ASU Stadium history. The 29,872 in attendance
for the Memphis game was the second largest in ASU Stadium
history and the 27,918 announced for the UCA game was
the fourth largest. ASU Stadium reached 94 percent of its
maximum capacity for the Red Wolves' first two home games
combined. Based on a endance sorted by percent of
stadium capacity, ASU ranked No. 41 in the nation at the me.
UNDER 100: The Arkansas State defense has not surrendered
100 yards rushing to an individual player this season. North
Texas' Lance Dunbar, a Doak Walker Award
candidate, has posted at least 100 yards rushing in four of
the last five games and has 20 career 100-yard games. Astate
was the first two hold WKU running back Bobby Rainey under
100 yards in eight games and also held Virginia Tech's David
Wilson, the nation's fourth leading rusher, under 100 yards
earlier this season. ASU is ranked No. 26 in the nation in rushing defense.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Red Wolves have won two consecutive
games on the road for the first time since 2006.
ASU's last two road victories marked the first time since
1985 it won two road games during consecutive weeks.
The victories also marked the first time in school history
that ASU won back-to-back road games against Sun Belt
BIG HITTERS: Arkansas State has recorded at least one
play covering 40 yards or more in six of its seven games.
The Red Wolves have 10 plays, including eight passing, of
40 yards or more for all seven games combined. Four different
players have caught a pass for at least 40 yards, including
Dwayne Frampton, Josh Jarboe, Taylor Stockemer and Frankie
Jackson. ASU's longest pass was a 71-yard completion from
Ryan Aplin to Jarboe, and its longest rush was 48 yards by Jackson.
RUSHING RYAN: Junior QB Ryan Aplin rushed for a career-
high 164 yards last game against FIU, which was also
the highest total by an ASU player since 2008. He topped
his previous career high of 122 yards set against North
Texas in 2009. His 164 yards posted last week is also the
second highest in the Sun Belt Conference this year.
PERSONAL BESTS: ASU's top three tacklers last game all
set personal season-high numbers. Safety Jaquan Kilcrease
recorded a season-high eight stops, linebacker Nick
Nelms a career-high eight tackles and safety Sterling
Young a career-high seven. Young started the first game
of his career as well.
THREE OVER 100: Senior WR Dwayne Frampton has
posted three 100-yard receiving games, including a career-high
147 against ULM. His streak of three consecutive
100-yard receiving games was snapped last week against
FIU. Frampton also had 99 receiving yards in the season
opener at Illinois. For the en re year, he is ranked tied for
17th in the nation in receptions (6.9 pg) and 31st in receiving
yards (87.6 ypg). Frampton is on the Biletnikoff
Award Watch List.
AMONG THE BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY: Junior quarterback
Ryan Aplin, who holds the school record for passing yards
in a game (438 at UL Lafayette in 2010) is one of just three
players in ASU history to record over 5,000 passing yards
(5,621). He is also ranked fourth all-time at ASU in total
offense (6,692 yds.), third in completions (481) and
fourth in TD passes (31).
ANOTHER INTERCEPTION FOR FEEMSTER: Senior cornerback
Darryl Feemster has recorded one interception
in two of the last three games and has three over the last
five games. Feemster's team-high three interceptions
places him tied for the most in the Sun Belt Conference.
He now has four interceptions over his two-year career at
ASU. The Reno, Nev., native had five interceptions in two
seasons at Los Angeles Harbor College before transferring
TOP 50: Arkansas State is ranked among the top 50 teams
in the nation in 11 statistical categories, including total offense
(31) and total defense (28). ASU also ranks in the top 50 in
tackles for loss (20), sacks (24), net pun ng (22), pass offense (28),
pass efficiency defense (38), scoring defense (27), punt returns (32),
interceptions (25) and rushing defense (26).
THE RETURN GAME: Senior WR Rod Hall finished the
WKU with 46 kickoff return yards, making him the ninth
player in school history to record over 1,000 career KO return
yards in a career. Senior WR Dwayne Frampton had
a career-long 43 yard punt return, which was also the
longest by an ASU player since 2008. His 50 yards total
against WKU was also the most of his career.
1,000 YARD CLUB: Junior wide receiver Taylor Stockemer
and senior receiver Dwayne Frampton both went over 1,000
receiving yards for their careers this season. Stockemer
accomplished the feat during the Virginia Tech game
and Frampton against UCA. Frampton has a team-high
1,351 yards to rank seventh in school history, while Stockemer
has posted 1,279 yards as he nears joining the top 10 at ASU as well.
FRAMPTON EXTENDS STREAK: Senior wide receiver
Dwayne Frampton caught one pass last week against FIU,
extending his streak of consecutive games with at least
one reception to 19. He has caught a pass in every game
he has played at A-State. Frampton is ranked tied for 17th
in the na on in receptions (6.9 rpg).
GETTING TO THE QUARTERBACK: Dating back to last season,
senior defensive end Brandon Joiner has recorded at
least 0.5 sacks in nine of ASU's last 12 games. In fact, 9.0
of his 9.5 career sacks at A-State have come over the Red
Wolves last 12 games. He has at least a par al sack in five
of ASU's first seven games this season. Joiner recorded a
career-high 2.5 sacks against Middle Tennessee in the
10th game of last year.
ECLIPSING 200/300: Junior quarterback Ryan Aplin has
passed for at least 200 yards 16 mes during his career,
and all 16 games have come over his last 21 played. Aplin
has recorded over 300 yards of total offense nine times
during his career, including the Illinois, UCA, WKU and FIU
games this season.
300-PLUS: Dating back to last season, Arkansas State has
posted at least 300 yards of total offense 18 of its last 19
games. ASU's school-record 14 consecutive games with
over 300 yards of total offense came to an end against Virginia
Tech earlier this season when the Hokies limited the
Red Wolves to 269 yards. ASU posted over 300 yards of
total offense in just six games the season prior to Hugh
Freeze taking over as offensive coordinator in 2010.
PICK IT OFF: While the Red Wolves didn't record an interception
in either of their first two games, they've now posted a combined
nine over the last five to climb to rank 25th in the na on.
Darryl Feemster has a team-high 3 interceptions over that span,
while Kelcie McCray and Qushaun Lee both have 2 and
Darron Edwards and Sterling Young both have 1.
SUN BELT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Arkansas State has had
four players named a Sun Belt Conference Player of the
Week. Senior safety Kelcie McCray (Defensive) and junior
defensive back Don Jones (Special Teams) earned the
recognition on Oct. 10 following the ULM game. Junior
quarterback Ryan Aplin was named the Offensive Player
of the Week on Oct. 3 following the WKU game and sophomore
kicker Brian Davis the Special Teams Player of the Week
on Sept. 26 following the UCA game.
CFPA RECOGNITION: Senior WR Dwayne Frampton, senior
safety Kelcie McCray and junior punter Ryan Wilbourn
were all honored by the College Football Performance
Awards following the Red Wolves game against ULM. All
three were national honorable men on selec ons at their
positions by the CFPA. Wide receiver Josh Jarboe and
placekicker Brian Davis have also been recognized as CFPA
Players of the Week this year.
DAVIS HONORED: After breaking the ASU and Sun Belt
Conference records for both field goals made in a game
(6) and points scored by kick (23) during the Red Wolves'
game against Central Arkansas, sophomore kicker Brian
Davis received numerous honors. Davis, who was only
one field goal and one point shy tying NCAA records, was
named a Lou Groza Star of the Week, the Sun Belt Conference
Special Teams Player of the Week and the College Football
Performance Awards' National Placekicker of the Week. Davis
was a perfect 6-of-6 on his field goal attempts and 5-of-5
on his extra point a empts. He has now made 10-of-13 field
goals on the season.