Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
Pirates Keep Preparation Efforts On Course For Saturday's Scrimmage
Shane Carden throws for 171 yards and a touchdown
AP Photos: East Carolina at North Carolina
A developing talent whose physical abilities have turned heads during climb up the secondary depth chart in just one full season in the East Carolina program ... Moved from walk-on scout team status to a two-deep standing as a reserve at the boundary cornerback position after spring drills ... Could also play a key special teams role on many units during his first active season ... Knocked down a pass during the first spring scrimmage (March 31) before tallying a tackle in the Purple-Gold Game on April 14 ... One of only nine players to earn a top "super" rating in ECU's strength and conditioning testing period ... In addition to a broad jump of 10'3, which ranked among the top two in the program, turned in a vertical leap 37.6", a 40 time of 4.45 and a power clean of 290 pounds.
2011: Earned position on ECU roster as a walk-on ... Was redshirted as a true freshman, but turned in notable contributions on the scout team according to coaches.
High School: Named the Triad Sports Weekly Forsythe County Offensive Player-of-the-Year following standout senior year at Glenn High School ... Also tabbed the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year and a first-team running back in 2010 ... Rushed for a county-high 1,612 yards and contributed 20 touchdowns on 222 carries in final season ... Averaged 7.3 yards per attempt during final year at GHS ... Helped the Bobcats to a trio of victories and a spot in the 2010 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs before suffering a 49-21 setback to Ragsdale in the opening round of the tournament ... Part of an offensive unit that topped the 40-point plateau three times in 12 games ... In a 26-18 victory over Parkland (and current Pirate teammate Chris Hairston) in October of 2010, rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries - an average of 9.1 yards per attempt ... Later that month, broke loose for 222 yards in leading the Bobcats to a 50-35 upset of High Point Central, which was the state's seventh-ranked squad entering the contest ... Prior to the playoff defeat, prevented Ragsdale from clinching the Piedmont Triad 4A conference title with a four-touchdown performance as Glenn topped the state's No. 2 squad 36-15 ... Scored on TD runs of four, three, 83 and eight yards, and tallied 167 total rushing yards against the Tigers ... As a junior in 2009, rushed for 1,828 yards and 17 touchdowns while also serving as a starting safety ... Against North Davidson in 2009 season opener, scored all three touchdowns for GHS and sealed a 19-14 victory with an interception on the final drive ... Named to the Winston-Salem Journal's All-Northwest Team in 2009 and 2010 ... Selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro in July of 2011 ... Played for head coach Bobby Aldine Payne as a senior and Dick Cline previously.
Personal: A management major.