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Shane Carden passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns for the Pirates
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Shane Carden threw for two touchdowns.
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Expected to play a significant role in the Pirates' multi-pronged rushing attack ... Brings plenty of quickness, elusiveness and experience to a stable of backs that should offer situational contributions because of personnel specialization and depth ... Officially completed spring practice as the projected starter in ECU's one-back base set ... Had two rushes (seven yards) and two catches (two yards) in the first scrimmage on March 31 and followed with a four-carry, seven-yard effort in the second contest a week later ... Closed out spring drills by picking up 25 yards on 11 attempts and making one reception for five yards in the Purple-Gold Game (April 14) ... Also scored the contest's only offensive touchdown with a one-yard run ... Will look to bounce back from a health standpoint after an injury-shortened initial season (and promising debut) ... Was the nation's top junior college rusher in 2010 before signing with the East Carolina program ... Top lift (by rank) during spring strength and conditioning testing was a 250-pound power clean.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
Junior College: The National Junior College Athletics Association's (NJCAA) leading rusher as a sophomore at Arizona Western Community College (Yuma) in 2010, picking up 1,830 yards in 12 contests ... Also topped the NJCAA's national statistics in rushing yards per game (152.2 ypg), rushing touchdowns (20) and scoring (132 points/22 TDs) ... Earned 2010 NJCAA Co-Player-of-the-Year honors along with Butler's (Kan.) Cornellius Carradine ... Also served as a pass-catching weapon out of the backfield for coach Tom Minnick with 16 receptions for 170 yards and a pair of scores in 2010 ... A two-time Western States Football League (WSFL) Offensive Player-of-the-Year and NJCAA All-America selection, earning first-team honors as a sophomore after receiving second-team accolades as a freshman ... Also chosen to the All-Region I and All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (first-team) squads in 2009 and 2010 ... Helped the Matadors to back-to-back WSFL titles and a pair of bowl appearances ... Completed junior college career with 3,247 rushing yards and 43 total touchdowns (40 rushing) ... Ran for 100 yards or more in 21 of 22 games played in, cracking the 200-yard milestone on three occasions ... Reached triple-digit ground totals in all 12 games during his sophomore campaign, recording season-bests in yards (232) and carries (36) during Arizona Western's 34-14 victory over Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College that clinched a second-straight WSFL championship ... Closed career by extending his 100-yard rushing streak to 15 consecutive games during a 31-27 setback against Blinn (Texas) College in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl played at Copperas Cove, Texas ... Also tossed a TD pass vs. Blinn during bowl action, connecting with Jamal Gray on a 23-yard halfback option to close out the Arizona Western's scoring efforts ... Led the Matadors and stood second nationally in total rushing yards (1,417), rushing yards per game (157.4 ypg) and rushing touchdowns (20) as a freshman despite missing all or parts of three games ... Opened collegiate career with a 200-yard rushing effort, which included a 96-yard scamper, against Snow (Utah) College ... Played key role helping program to a Mississippi Bowl appearance as a rookie (lost 27-24 to Eastern Mississippi) ... Moved into a leadership role during sophomore season at Arizona Western, serving as a mentor to freshman understudy Damien Williams, who finished eighth in the league in rushing with 717 yards despite never starting a game.
High School: Earned three varsity letters as a starting running back for Las Vegas (Nev.) High School ... A first-team all-league honoree as a running back and second-team selection as a defensive back ... Also picked up First-Team All-Region accolades for performance on offensive side of the ball ... Rushed for 12 touchdowns as a senior, including a trio of three-TD single-game efforts ... Finished with 1,624 rushing yards and 344 receiving yards during final year of prep career ... Helped lead Wildcats to the 2008 Sunrise League title ... Recruited out of high school by Arizona State and West Virginia.
Personal: A communications major.