JONESBORO, Ark. (1/11/14) – Arkansas State senior defensive lineman Ryan Carrethers has been named the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s (LRTDC) Arkansas State Player of the Year and will be honored at the club’s annual banquet on Thursday, Feb. 13, along with several other award winners at both the high school and collegiate levels.

Carrethers and A-State senior offensive lineman Steven Haunga were also named finalists for the LRTDC’s Dan Hampton and Wille Roaf Awards, respectively, for the most outstanding college defensive and offensive linemen in the state of Arkansas.  The senior teammates were one of three finalists for each of the inaugural honors, which were selected by members of the sports media in Arkansas along with the namesakes of the awards.

Carrethers joins former quarterback Ryan Aplin (2010-12), defensive end Alex Carrington (2008-09), safety Tyrell Johnson (2007), running back Reggie Arnold (2006), kicker Eric Neihouse (2005) and running back Antonio Warren (2004) as players to receive the LRTDC’s Arkansas State Player of the Year Award.

Both Carrethers and Haunga earned All-Sun Belt Conference accolades this season, helping lead A-State to its third consecutive Sun Belt Conference title and second straight GoDaddy Bowl victory.  Carrethers finished the season with 93 tackles, the third most in the nation among defensive linemen.  Haunga was part of an offensive line that paved the way for 5,301 yards total offense, the third highest in school history.

The Little Rock Touchdown Club’s Feb. 13 awards banquet will be held at Little Rock’s Embassy Suites Hotel at 7 p.m., when each award winner will have an opportunity to speak.  Ticket information for the banquet can be found online at