As the 2011 football season approaches (34 days from now, but who’s counting?), the RWC is reviving the Rabid Athlete of the Month program, where we highlight the most rabid athletes at Arkansas State University.

The August 2011 Rabid Athlete of the Month is senior WR, Dwayne Frampton.

Last year, Frampton hauled in a team-high 69 receptions (2nd most in ASU history) for 738 receiving yards (also team-high and 7th ASU all time).  Framp had 6 receiving TDs and caught multiple passes in every game last season.  In fact, despite playing only one year at ASU, he enters this senior season needing just 15 catches and two touchdowns to rank among the top-10 all-time leaders in ASU history.  Basically, In a group of possibly the best receiving corp ASU has had in the last ten years, Frampton rose to the top.

This year, there are no expectations that those numbers will decline.  The promotion of Hugh Freeze to head coach solidifies the wide open, pass-happy offense we enjoyed last year will be even more unleashed this season.  ASU will also have depth at the other skill positions, requiring opposing defenders to respect the running game just as much as the air attack.

Frampton isn’t satisfied with last year’s performance either.  He has been working out this summer on his own.  From sparring with trainers to catching balls from NFL QBs, Framp is doing everything in his power to achieve his ultimate goal, playing in the NFL.

The RWC wishes Frampton the best for the upcoming season as he continues to violently engage DBs from coast to coast.  For his inner RWC inspiration, he can just read the quote on his locker that contains an excerpt from the famous quote:

“Do you fear the force of the wind, the slash of the rain?  Go face them and fight them, be savage again. Go hungry and cold like the wolf…You’ll grow ragged and weary and swarthy, but you’ll walk like a man.”
- Hamlin Garland