Data Scout Notes: 2013: PBiletnikoff/P1stC...2012: ROYC/2ndC
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10/14/13 - WEEK 7 SUN BELT SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: J.D. McKissic (Arkansas State, So., RS)...Sophomore wide receiver J.D. McKissic posted a career-high 125 kickoff return yards, including a 98-yard return for a touchdown, and a career-best 48 punt return yards in Arkansas State’s 48-24 win against Idaho. His 98-yard return, which ties the third longest in Arkansas State history, came at a crucial point in the game as Idaho had scored 17 unanswered points to pull within 31-24 early in the fourth quarter.
The return began a 17-0 scoring outburst by the Red Wolves to end the game. It marked the first kickoff return for a touchdown by an A-State player since the 2001 season. McKissic, who finished with a career-high 261 all-purpose yards, averaged 62.5 yards per kickoff return and 9.6 per punt return. His 125 kickoff return yards were the most by an A-State player since the 2010 season. - Sun Belt football
07/20/13 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): J.D. McKissic (Arkansas State, So., WR)...McKissic finished the 2012 season with a school-record 103 receptions for 1,022 yards, the second most in ASU history, and five touchdowns. He became just the second player in school history to be named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America team. He also garnered Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year honors and was named the GoDaddy.com Bowl Offensive MVP. - Arkansas State football
07/19/13 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: J.D. McKissic, Arkansas State, SO...McKissic finished the 2012 season with a school-record 103 receptions for 1,022 yards, the second most in ASU history, and five touchdowns. He became just the second player in school history to be named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America team. He also garnered Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year honors and was named the GoDaddy.com Bowl Offensive MVP.
McKissic earned second team SBC all-conference honors this past season, and ended the year with the most receptions and receiving yards ever by a Sun Belt freshman. He finished the year ranked second in receptions and third in receiving yards among all Sun Belt players, while his receptions total was also the fourth most all-time in the conference's history.
The Penix, City, Ala., native led the nation among freshman with 103 receptions and his 1,022 yards were the third most. Among all players, he finished seventh in the nation in catches ranked in the top-40 in receiving yards. He caught a career-high 12 passes against ULM and Troy during his freshman campaign and recorded at least eight receptions in eight contests. He tied the school record for receptions in a postseason game with game 11 for 113 yards against Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. - Arkansas State football
01/07/13 - Arkansas State's offense was held in check Sunday night after piling up big numbers this season. It was the defense that led the Red Wolves to a breakthrough victory. Ryan Aplin threw for 213 yards and a touchdown, J.D. McKissic caught 11 passes for 113 yards and Arkansas State edged No. 25 Kent State 17-13 to win the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Arkansas State's usually prolific offense struggled against Kent State, but the consistent Aplin-to-McKissic connection and a stingy defense was enough to help the Red Wolves (10-3) to their first bowl win since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1992.
Kent State (11-3) was driving late in the game when quarterback Spencer Keith tried to scramble on fourth down and was stopped a few yards short of the marker with 52 seconds left. Linebacker Qushaun Lee made the shoestring tackle for the Red Wolves and finished with a team-leading 13 stops. ''That was a good one,'' Arkansas State interim coach John Thompson said. ''Our guys stepped up with a minute to go. We really needed a play, and our guys made one. It wasn't anything except for ballplayers. It was anything special at all. We just made plays.'' - AP Sports
01/06/13 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR J.D. McKissic has recorded at least four receptions in every game this season, including eight in the finale. He now has 92 receptions this season, leaving him three shy of breaking the school record and less than 100 yards short of reaching 1,000. Most of McKissic's receptions come on the short passing game but the redshirt freshman does provide the ability to make defenders miss in space. - The Sports Xchange