Arkansas State senior quarterback Ryan Aplin has had a storied career for the Red Wolves.
The talented signal caller has been named back to back Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and has helped lead ASU to back to back Sun Belt Conference Championships.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves arrived in Mobile, Alabama to prepare for the GoDaddy.com Bowl and his last few days as a current Red Wolf Football player.
The Arkansas State Athletic Department along with East Arkansas Broadcasters have decided to do some feature story diaries of some of the ASU players GoDaddy.com Bowl experience.
Aplin and his teammates arrived in Mobile Tuesday night January 1st around 11:45 p.m. and arrived at the Renaissance Riverview Hotel to get an early start on their bowl preparations.
We visited with Aplin to get his take on his first day in Mobile.
“The biggest thing for us was to get here and get back out on the practice field,” Aplin said. “It’s great to know the game is finally here and we have been very focused and working hard to reverse the outcome the last time we were here.”
Arkansas State jumped out to an early lead against Northern Illinois in last year’s GoDaddy.com Bowl before falling in the second half after several key injuries and other uncontrollable circumstances.
“It’s a taste that we didn’t like,” Aplin said. “We have to find a way to win the game this year.”
After the late arrival to Mobile early Wednesday morning, Aplin and his teammates were afforded the opportunity to sleep in to help prepare them physically for the next few days of Bowl preparations.
“We got to sleep in,” Aplin said. “We had a 10:30 brunch, then we had meetings and hit the practice field around 2:00 p.m.”
“I thought we started out a little slow in our first practice,” Aplin said. “We picked up the intensity as the practice progressed.”
After practice, Aplin and his team got in a short weight workout before returning back to team headquarters with a police escort from UMS-Wright High School.
Aplin believes the fact that he and his teammates were here last year will be a big advantage to the Red Wolves.
“We are really focused,” Aplin noted. “We know what it's going to take to get a victory, that’s the most important thing. We want to go out winners, we are very focused on accomplishing that.”
After practice Wednesday the Arkansas State team joined the Kent State Football team for a welcome party and dinner at Ladd Peebles Stadium.
Aplin is excited about being back in Mobile for the GoDaddy.com Bowl for the second straight year.
“We know what to expect this year,” Aplin said. “The city and its residents really roll out the red carpet for us. It’s a great experience.”
Stay tuned for a daily update of Aplin’s GoDaddy.com Bowl Experience.