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Carden, Hardy, Hudson And T. Williams Garner First-Team Honors
ECU Senior Was One Of 16 Semifinalist A Year Ago
ECU Senior Earned O'Brien Weekly Honors Back On Sept. 16
Senior QB Has Guided The Pirates To A 6-1 Record (3-0 In Conference Play)
Senior QB Became ECU's All-Time Passing Leader Against SMU
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East Carolina vs. Marshall (AP)
AP Photos: East Carolina vs. Houston
A conference and national honors candidate heading into his final year after enjoying consecutive record-breaking campaigns as the Pirates' starting quarterback ... A member of the 2014 Maxwell Award Watch List ... Was a Preseason All-American Athletic Conference (first team) selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine and Athlon Sports ... Statistically, rates as the top "returning" QB in the American Conference (in ECU's first year of competition) and will enter senior season as the top returner nationally in completion percentage (70.5) ...Has accounted for 75 of 110 offensive TDs (68%) and converted 109-of-122 (89.3%) redzone opportunities as ECU's starter in just two years ...Thrown for over 400 yards on three occasions and authored seven contests over 350, 11 over 300 and 19 over 250 yards ... Is the first QB in school history to pass for over 4,000 yards in a season and one of only two to eclipse 3,000 in back-to-back campaigns ... Has established an ECU single-game passing record on three occasions - 439 vs. Marshall in 2012, 447 vs. Old Dominion and 480 vs. Tulane in 2013 - and equaled a single-game school standard with five TD passes on four occasions - vs. Memphis (`12), Old Dominion, Tulsa and UAB (`13)... Already earned seven career league player-of-the-week awards, including four in 2013 ... Has thrown for a touchdown in 21 of his last 22 games and needs just 1,775 passing yards, 68 completions and seven TD passes to establish ECU career records in those three categories ... Currently ranks among the top five active quarterbacks with four career game-winning drives (UAB and Marshall in 2012, Middle Tennessee and Ohio in 2013) ... Mechanics, accuracy, strength, poise, grittiness and polish 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 ... Completed a combined 34-of-51 throws for 301 yards and two touchdowns in limited action during three spring scrimmages ... Was 13-of-22 for 133 yards in the opening contest on March 31 ... Was sharper a week later, hitting 11-of-14 passes for 108 yards and a TD before closing out spring work with a 10-of-15, 60-yard, one-score effort during the Purple-Gold Game on April 12 ... Work ethic 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" in testing during career ... Participated in Jeff Garcia's Quarterback Camp during the summer (2014).
2013: Started all 13 games and completed 387-of-549 passes for 4,139 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior ... Nationally, ranked second in completion percentage, fifth in completions per game, fifth in points responsible for per game, sixth in points responsible for, seventh in passing yards (one of nine to surpass 4,000), eighth in passing yards per game, ninth in touchdown passes, 14th in total offense per game and 24th in pass efficiency rating ... Closed campaign standing among the Top 20 FBS active career leaders in completion percentage (4th/68.6), completions per game (6th/24.4), total offense plays per game (8th/42.1), pass attempts per game (7th/35.6), pass yards per game (9th/268.7), total offense per game (15th/273.8) and TDs responsible for (19th/74)... Selected as Conference USA's MVP and became the first Pirate quarterback to garner first-team all-league honors ... Also selected as ECU's team MVP and offensive skill captain-of-the-year during the program's annual post-season banquet ... A SI.com All-America (honorable mention) choice whose other honors include a semifinalist standing for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, Capitol Broadcasting North Carolina Player-of-the-Year and numerous player-of-the-week accolades from Conference USA (four times), College Sports Madness (four conference, two national), Manning Award (three national), Earl Campbell Tyler Rose (two national), Capital One Cup Impact Performance (national), Beyond Sports Network (national), Davey O'Brien (national) and NFL.com (national) ... Also was selected as an ESPN Primetime Performer and earned the network's helmet sticker for his efforts against North Carolina on Oct. 28 ... Set school single-season standards in passing yards (4,139) and total yards (4,242), while standing second in completions (387), TD passes (33) and TD rushes (10) ... Established ECU single-game marks with a 480-yard passing effort against Tulane (which eclipsed a 447-yard performance against Old Dominion in the season opener) and 46 completions (ODU), while equaling the TD pass record of five on three occasions (ODU, Tulsa and UAB) ... Accounted for 44 of the Pirates' 65 offensive touchdowns (33 passing, 10 rushing, one receiving) ... Also led drives that produced 16 field goals ... Turned 62-of-72 redzone visits into points (86.1 percent) and played a key role in ECU's No. 7 and No. 5 national rank in third-down (51.0) and fourth-down (70.6) conversion percentage, respectively ... Was C-USA's leader in passing yards, passing efficiency and total offense, while leading the league with two 400-yard air performances (480/Tulane and 447/Old Dominion) ... Was unit's fourth-leading rusher with 103 yards on 90 carries, but stood second with 10 ground scores ... Matched a career-best with three rushing TDs against North Carolina ... In fact, was directly accountable for a combined 11 scores against Atlantic Coast Conference members UNC and NC State - tallying six vs. Tar Heels (three rush/three pass) and five vs. Wolfpack (two rush/three pass) .. . Responsible for a personal-high seven TDs vs. Tulsa with five through the air and two on the ground ... A total of 178 of 387 completions went for 10-plus yards (42/20-plus, 15/30-plus, 8/40-plus, 4/50-plus, 1/60-plus) ... Threw multiple TD passes in eight-of-13 games ... Closed year by passing for 250 yards or more in 10-straight games (dating back to a 158-yard effort vs. Virginia Tech on Sept. 14) ... Topped 300 yards six times and 400 yards twice during that 10-game span ... Accounted for at least one score (rush and/or pass) in all 13 contests ... Completed 20 or more passes on 10 occasions, including a run of 10 consecutive outings to finish the campaign ... Booked a rushing TD in six contests and was on the receiving end of a 14-yard scoring strike from receiver Cam Worthy against Ohio in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl at Tropicana Field ... Ranked third on the team in scoring with 66 points ... Found 10 different receivers for at least one score during the year ... Directed an offensive unit that racked up a season-high 625 yards against UAB on Nov. 16, which ranked as the fifth-best single-game performance in program history ... Guided ECU to five 50-plus point games, including 63 against the Blazers (which also stood as the fifth-highest in school history) ... Engineered the Pirates to a No. 11 national ranking in pass offense (328.1) and No. 8 in scoring offense (40.2) ... Registered career-bests in rushing attempts vs. Virginia Tech (12) and passing attempts vs. Middle Tennessee (57) ... Rolled up a season-high 40 ground yards (10 carries) against the Bobcats during bowl action ... Longest pass completion of the season went to Reese Wiggins for 60 yards against UAB, while longest rush was a 24-yard jaunt vs. Hokies ... Followed a three-interception afternoon against Virginia Tech by only getting picked off only twice in the next six contests ... In all, authored eight interception-free performances (Old Dominion, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, FIU, Tulsa, NC State and Ohio) ... Piloted two game-winning drives (successful fourth-quarter or OT possessions that put ECU ahead for good) as a junior - vs. Middle Tennessee and Ohio ... In addition to the aforementioned five TD passing efforts, accounted for three aerial scoring tosses four times (North Carolina, Southern Miss, FIU and NC State) ... Attempted 50 or passes on five occasions (54/Old Dominion, 57/Middle Tennessee, 55/Tulane, 50/Tulsa and 52/Marshall).
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 ... 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 then program single-game record with 439 passing yards in the regular season finale against Marshall ... Also set personal-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 ... Earned a bachelor's degree in sports studies (participated in ECU's Fall Commencement Exercises on Dec. 14, 2013 prior to the team's departure for the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl) ... A multiple Dean's List student as an undergrad ... Currently pursuing a master's degree in instructional technology ... 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 ... Two brothers both pitched collegiately (Austin/Rhodes College, Christopher/UC Davis) ... Uncle, Gordon Adams, was a quarterback at Southern California, who ironically, also had his first collegiate pass intercepted like Shane (vs. South Carolina in '12) ... Was involved with Episcopal's Challenger program, working with special education students during high school years ... 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 ... Teammates compare facial likeness and mannerisms to Brett Favre.