One of AStateNation’s keys to the game last week against Louisiana Lafayette was for Ryan Aplin to be Ryan Aplin against the Rajun Cajuns.
Aplin turned in perhaps his best performance of the 2012 season, leading the Red Wolves to a very impressive whipping of ULL 50-27.
Aplin continued being Aplin Sunday night as Arkansas State prepares to hit the road again this weekend, this time against the Mean Green of North Texas.
For those of you that haven’t had pleasure and opportunity to get to know the senior signal caller on a personal level might not understand a few things about their QB 1.
For one Aplin is one of the most humble young men you will come across, he is also a fierce competitor and he is probably also his worst critic.
In true Aplin fashion, he deflected praise for his performance and gave all his teammates and coaches all the credit.
“The guys in the trenches worked their tails off each and every week and they had a great performance at Lafayette,” Aplin said. “The running backs had a huge night, the offensive line opened up some great running lanes.”
Aplin just shrugged his shoulders when given a compliment on his play, including completing 21 of 31 passes for 269 yards.
The senior quarterback gave the Red Wolves their vertical passing game a boost, hitting several long passes during ASU first three offensive possessions.
“The coaching staff did a tremendous job calling the game,” Aplin said. “With the quality of wide receivers we have, you can’t give us a lot of time to find them wide open. My protection by the offensive lineman was as good as I can remember.”
Aplin feels that the offense is finally finding its identity in the Gus Malzahn offense.
“We are learning who we are offensively,” Aplin said. “We are moving the ball well, it was definitely our best offensive game so far. We missed a few points, we have to score more touchdowns than field goals, but that’s on me to do a better job in the Red Zone.”
When asked about how Arkansas State’s running game dominated ULL late in the game, Aplin again tipped his hat to his offensive line.
“It was a tribute to our offensive line,” Aplin said. “Even though everyone was tired, they continued to battle. To run the same play four to five times in a minute, definitely wore down the Cajun’s defense. Everyone knew where we were running it, and our guys did a tremendous job dominating the line of scrimmage.”
Aplin also complimented true freshman starting center Bryce Giddens.
“He definitely doesn’t play like a freshman,” Aplin said. “He pulls the best out of everyone that is around him. He comes in and spends a lot of time studying film, he gets his calls right, he is definitely someone that I want on my team.”
Aplin was asked about the possibility of the Red Wolves overlooking North Texas in anticipation of playing ULM at home a week from Thursday night.
“I will be honest, I forgot that the ULM game was the Thursday after North Texas,” Aplin said. “All of our focus is on North Texas, we know that we will get their best effort Saturday. We will have to make our own atmosphere on the road, we have to quieten the crowd, the best way to do that is to make some big plays offensively.”
No one would ever realize that they were visiting with the reigning Sun Belt Offensive Player of the year, Aplin is just that type of young man.
In other words it’s just Aplin being Aplin.