Arkansas State Sweeps Sun Belt Awards

JONESBORO (9/1/08) - Arkansas State junior quarterback Corey Leonard (Covington, La.), senior linebacker Ben Owens (Bearden, Ark.) and junior kicker Josh Arauco (Grand Prairie, Texas) were named the Sun Belt Conference's players of the week Monday after leading the Red Wolves football team to a season-opening victory over Texas A&M.

Leonard was named the offensive player of the Week, Owens the defensive player of the week and Arauco the special teams player of the week, marking the first time in school history ASU swept all three awards and the first time since Nov. 5, 2007 that any school swept all three honors.  It is just the 10th time in Sun Belt Conference history that three players from the same school have swept the awards, and ASUbecomes the fifth school to be awarded all three honors in the same week.

Leonard, named the league's offensive player of the week for the fifth time of his career, was responsible for 246 yards of total offense and threw the game-winning touchdown against Texas A&M with 4:39 left in the fourth quarter to help lift ASU to an 18-14 road victory.  Leonard completed 15-of-28 passes, including a 15-yard touchdown strike to Kevin Jones that gave ASU a 15-14 late lead.  He finished with 160 yards passing and added 86 more yards on the ground.

Owens recorded seven tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, an interception and a fumble recovery, while also helping the ASU defense pitch a second-half shutout