Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Offensive Duo Helped ECU To 10-3 Record, Bowl Victory in 2013
Vintavious Cooper Runs for 198 Yards and Scores Two Touchdowns
Junior Becomes Second Pirate To Earn Leagues Top Honor
Watch an interview with Coach McNeill following ECU's fifth practice of the spring.
ECU vs. Ohio (USA Today Gallery)
East Carolina vs. Louisiana - R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - AP Photos (12/22/12)
East Carolina vs. Marshall (AP)
AP Photos: East Carolina vs. Houston
ECU vs. Navy - AP Photos (10/27/12)
Will enter junior campaign firmly entrenched as the Pirates' top quarterback after a record-breaking debut as ECU's starter last fall ... Also expected to compete as a Conference USA, if not national, honors candidate ... A Preseason All-Conference USA (second team) selection by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine ... Also earned inclusion on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Offensive Watch List, standing among the top 30 quarterbacks nationally ... Mechanics, accuracy, strength, poise and grittiness have fueled development, while intensity and leadership abilities on and off the field are rivaled by very few ... Tutored by record-setting former Texas Tech signal-caller B.J. Symons during prep career, which enabled an early grasp of the spread scheme ... Specifically focused on footwork and pocket patience during spring workout period with coordinator Lincoln Riley ... Completed a combined 75.7 percent of his passes during three spring scrimmages, connecting on 53-of-70 throws for 587 yards and six touchdowns ... Was 20-of-26 for 217 and three scores in the opening contest on April 6 ... Was even sharper a week later, hitting 19-of-22 passes for 233 yards and a pair of TDs before closing out spring work with a 14-of-22, 137-yard, one-score effort during the Purple-Gold Game on April 20 ... Of the six spring TD strikes, half were from 21 yards or longer ... Work ethic and progress in strength and conditioning program is equally as notable with a back squat of 510 pounds, a bench press of 320, a pro shuttle time of 4.25 and a vertical jump of 31.5" during spring testing.
2012: Ranked among the league leaders in passing efficiency (3rd/143.01), passing yards per game (4th/239.7) and total offense (5th/245.4) ... Nationally, stood 28th in points responsible for (14.3 ppg), 32nd in total passing yards (3,116) and 35th in completions per game (21.0) ... Started 11-of-13 games ... Fell short in a heated battle for the starting job at the end of fall camp, but quickly took over position on a full-time basis prior to the third (Southern Miss) contest and subsequently was named the program's Offensive Player-of-the-Year honor ... Completed 273-of-413 passes for 3,116 yards and 23 TDs ... Rushed for 74 yards on 85 carries ... Also scored eight ground TDs, which topped team and ranks third all-time among ECU QBs in a single-season (Leander Green/12 in `79, Dominique Davis/9 in `10) ... Also earned notable visibility in additional program single-season lists such as passing yards (3rd), completions (3rd), TD passes (4th) and total yards (3rd) ... Became just the third ECU passer to throw for over 3,000 yards in season with a 278-yard effort against UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ... Already ranks among ECU's all-time leaders in completions (9th/273) and passing yards (9th/3,116) despite only playing one season ... Accounted for at least one throwing score in 11 of 12 games with a pass attempt ... Directly accounted for 31 of ECU's 45 offensive TDs as ECU's signal-caller (1-1/SC, 2-2/USM, 3-4/UTEP, 2-2/UCF, 5-5/MEM, 2-5/UAB, 1-4/NAVY, 4-5/UH, 3-4/TLN, 6-9/MAR and 2-4/ULL) and led drives that produced all 15 FGs ... Also converted 47-of-50 redzone opportunities while under center ... Topped 300 yards passing four times (308/MEM, 386/UAB, 305/HOU, 439/MAR), which stood fourth in C-USA ... Also passed for 250-or more yards against UTEP (258), UCF (298) and ULL (278) ... Threw multiple TDs in six of the last seven contests including a career-best five against Memphis ... Established a new program single-game record with 439 passing yards in the regular season finale against Marshall ... Also set career-highs in completions (38), attempts (47) and completion percentage (80.6/third-highest single-game effort in school history) vs. The Herd ... Engineered game-tying drive that moved the ball 76 yards in 11 plays with only one time out (completed 8-of-10 passes for 65 yards and converted a 4th-and-10 play from the ECU 24-yard line during the possession), hitting Danny Webster in the back of the endzone with four seconds remaining in regulation during an eventual double-overtime triumph vs. Marshall ... Eighty-five of 273 completions went for 10 or more yards ... Twelve of 23 TD passes and all eight rushing TDs were against C-USA foes ... Completed 10 passes of 40 or more yards (seven for 50-plus yards) ... Was 106-for-146 (72.6 percentage) with 1,328 yards and 11 TDs in first-half action alone during the second half of the season (last seven games) ... Directed an offensive unit that racked up 600 yards at UAB, the eighth-best single-game performance in program history ... Posted career-best rushing yards (63) vs. Houston ... Scored career-best three ground TDs against Marshall ... Connected with Justin Hardy on a career-long 76-yarder (TD) against UCF, ECU's longest play from scrimmage ... Made season debut against Appalachian State in the fourth quarter, running once for eight yards ... Came off the bench in the second half at South Carolina and directed ECU's only scoring drives against Gamecocks (FG, TD) ... After suffering an interception on first collegiate pass vs. Gamecocks, bounced back to hit 12-of-17 throws, including first career completion (14-yarder) ... Threw first career TD pass to Justin Hardy (34 yards) in the fourth quarter against South Carolina ... Made first collegiate start at Southern Miss and rallied the Pirates to a C-USA win with a strong second-half performance (7-of-10, 93 passing yards, TD) ... Hooked up with Hardy on a 55-yarder in the third quarter vs. the Golden Eagles ... Rushed for a pair of scores against UTEP and added another in the air ... Completed 8-of-9 passes for 125 yards and a TD in the first quarter at UCF ... Also rushed for a score against the Knights in the first quarter ... Tied single-game record with five passing TDs against Memphis ... Completed 23-of-35 passes for 386 yards and two scores vs. UAB ... Connected on 31-of-43 passes (72.0%) vs. Houston ... Accounted for three of ECU's four TDs against Tulane (2 pass, 1 rush) ... Had a career-best performance in the regular season finale against Marshall, completing 38-of-47 passes (80.6%) for 439 yards and three TDs ... Also rushed for a team-high three scores on 11 carries ... Closed out campaign with a 25-of-42, 278-yard effort vs. the Ragin' Cajuns in bowl action at the Mercedes Superdome ... Earned All-Conference USA honors (honorable mention) from league coaches ... Was a three-time C-USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week selection (MEM, UH, MAR) and a two-time College Football Performance Awards selection (MEM, MAR) ... Named College Sports Madness C-USA Player-of-the-Week following performance against Houston ... Earned Manning Award Stars-of-the-Week accolades for effort in regular season finale against Marshall.
2011: During first season on the active roster, appeared in one game, entering as a wide receiver in the waning moments of the final series against Tulane ... Won the top understudy position behind Dominique Davis after spring drills, but was moved to scout team status for the second-straight campaign after fall camp ... Earned the offensive unit's Rick Bankston Memorial Award as the scout squad's most valuable performer.
2010: Redshirted during initial season in the East Carolina program ... Played key role as the scout team quarterback and emulated some of the top quarterbacks in Conference USA, including G.J. Kinne, Austin Davis and Kyle Padron ... Officially signed with head coach Ruffin McNeill's program in February.
High School: Three-year starting quarterback and senior captain at Episcopal ... Led the Knights to their first Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) title since 1994 during final prep campaign ... Completed 16-of-24 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns, leading Episcopal to the 52-7 victory against Kinkaid in the SPC State Championship Game ... A two-time all-state selection who guided an offense that averaged 382 yards and 35 points per contest ... Voted Episcopal's most valuable player as a senior after a 1,871-yard, 17-touchdown passing performance ... In all, accounted for 138 points in 2009 ... Earned Ford Built Tough and Channel 2 (KPRC-TV) Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors during senior campaign ... Selected as the Houston 4A Offensive Player-of-the-Year ... Led a turnaround for a Knights program that recorded a 5-4 mark his sophomore year, a 7-3 ledger as a junior and a 10-1 record his senior season under coach Steve Leisz ... Completed prep career with 4,213 total yards, 2,894 passing yards and 276 points ... Participated in the Nike Elite 11 camp ... Played with a cast on a fractured wrist during initial high school season in 2006 (junior varsity).
Personal: Full name is Shane Michael Carden ... Born November 6, 1991 at Newport Beach, Calif. ... Son of Jay and Scoti Carden ... A sports studies major ... Earned selection to the 2011 Spring Semester Dean's List ... Hobbies include snowboarding, surfing, hunting and the film industry ... Father played professional baseball for eight years in the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos organizations, while mother was a collegiate volleyball player (first female to earn scholarship at Cal Poly) and track athlete ... Older brother Austin was a pitcher at Rhodes College (Memphis, Tenn.) who is currently playing in the Independent League in New Mexico, while other brother, Christopher was on the pitching staff at UC Davis ... Uncle, Gordon Adams, was a quarterback at Southern California ... Involved with Episcopal's Challenger program that works with special education students ... Has also donated time to the Students of Service group, which rebuilds and repairs homes for the poor and elderly ... Says Drew Brees is favorite NFL player and Peyton Manning ranks as one of the most impressive people he's ever met.