What are your
measurements (height, weight and
I am 6’0 ½,
200 pounds, 4.63 is my lowest time.
Coming out of high school, what
programs showed interest in you?
Charleston Southern, Jacksonville
University and Arkansas State came
in the end with their offer.
What made you
choose Arkansas State?
When we went
for my visit, I liked the family
atmosphere. I knew that I would be
comfortable right away. Coaches
wanted their players to graduate.
There was commitment to education.
I loved the head coach. I fell in
love with the fans that brought you
junior season during which your team
won 10 games.
Illinois and Virginia Tech to start
the season. I wish we had beaten
them. I didn’t play well against
Virginia Tech. We had a very close
game against Western Kentucky in the
beginning of the season. We won,
and it turned our season around. It
set the tone for the rest of the
season. We were very close as a
team last year. We had great
attendance for voluntary workouts in
the summer. Team chemistry was very
important. Everyone trusted each
other. We took to coaching from
everyone. It is unlike any other
atmosphere that I have been around.
I will never forget it.
You threw 16
interceptions during your junior
season, how tough was it to deal
with that high number of mistakes?
It was just making mental
errors. I was forcing balls into
tight coverage. I trusted my arm a
little too much. It was a very high
percentage rate. I was very hard on
myself. It was very unacceptable.
I know what I need to do in order to
become a more consistent passer. I
had only one pick during spring ball
Tell me about
the win against Troy that sealed the
outright Sun Belt Conference title
Everything was on the line
during that week. We had
back-to-back 4-8 seasons before
that. We didn’t want to share the
title. We took care of business.
ended on a sour note with the loss
in a Bowl Game against Northern
Illinois. How difficult was it to
I took it very personally. I
wanted to see the seniors go off on
a high note. I had an awful game.
It was a learning experience. I
made some bad throws. It was
definitely tough. I haven’t watched
the full game tape because it is
tough to handle. I get very angry
after I go back and watch it.
former head coach Hugh Freeze who
took the job at Ole Miss.
He was awesome. He built the
relationships on and off the field.
He treated us like we were his own
kids. We keep in touch with him. I
hope to see him again in the
future. He affected my life. He
taught me some things I didn’t
know. He made me a better man.
What have you
learned about your team after spring
The offensive system is pretty
similar to coach Freeze. But it is
also a bit different because the new
offensive system is all about
playing fast and up-tempo. We
realize how hard we need to work in
order to have a successful season.
This summer will be a test. Spring
is the foundation offensively and
defensively for the fall.
What are your
expectations for the senior season?
I would say from a team
standpoint we need to play all four
quarters. We need to play the full
game. People need to watch extra
film and put in the extra work.
Personally, I need to work on my
footwork and being smart with the
Describe your new head coach Gus
He is awesome. He is a great
man. I like the way he carries
himself. He has a little bit of a
swagger. He wants the best out of
you. He will let you know if you
are not doing it right. He will
bring his best every day, and we
need to bring the best every day.
What are your
Big thing for me is
communication. I communicate with
the receivers well. I can sit back
in the pocket and I can also throw
on the run. I have a quick release.
areas of your game do you need to
I need to work on my footwork.
What is the
highlight of your career up to this
I would say the Western Kentucky
game. We got a big stop on fourth
and one on defense. Then we scored
the go-ahead TD with 30 seconds
left. We won. This game changed
our whole season around. We took
off as a team. It was a turning
point. We had a lot of pride as a
team. We knew what we wanted to
accomplish. We wanted to win the
conference. It was a dream of mine
to be on top of the conference
on your team are ready for a
Nathan Harold (LB), Starson
(DE) and Taylor Stockemer (WR).
What do you
enjoy most about football?
Being out there with my
teammates. We are very blessed to
play football because not everyone
gets this opportunity. Enjoy it to
the fullest. I hate losing the
most. I want to win in everything
that I do.
What is your
favorite NFL team?
My favorite team is the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers. It is my home town
Who is your
favorite NFL player?
Drew Brees. I like to watch him
play. It is someone who gives me
What does it
take to be a leader?
I think that on and off the
field, it is somebody that can be a
role model. You need to go to
class, work hard during practice and
put in the extra work in the film
room. It is someone that can pick
people up when the team is down. It
is someone that can make the play
and turn the momentum around when
the team needs it.
What are your
I like to play golf in my spare
time. I shoot hoops and play ping
pong. Football takes up most of my
Finish the sentence, Ryan Aplin is…
Humble, caring and I put people
before myself. I am very
competitive, not only in football.
When I am playing my girlfriend at
something, I want to win.