Fourth-Year Head Coach Reviews Spring Drills, Talks About Current State Of Program
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
ECU Opens Fourth and Final Week of Spring Drills
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Pirates Dodge Weather, Use Shell Workout To Finish Scrimmage Preparations
Watch an interview with Coach McNeill following ECU's fifth practice of the spring.
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)
AP Photos: Football vs. UAB
Will finally have the opportunity to vie for the top quarterback job this fall ... Expected to fully bounce back from a right index finger injury (and subsequent surgery) suffered during the third week of spring drills (April 4) that forced him out of action for the remainder of the practice period ... Was in the midst of another strong spring campaign, taking the majority of snaps with the No. 1 unit before the injury occurred ... Was able to compete in the program's initial scrimmage on March 31, completing three-of-five passes for 21 yards and leading unit to scoring opportunities in both possessions played ... Was cleared to begin light throwing regimen in late May before reaching customary strength midway through the summer ... Mechanics, accuracy, strength, poise and grittiness have fueled development and leadership capabilities ... Tutored by record-setting former Texas Tech signal-caller B.J. Symons during prep career, which enabled an early grasp of the spread scheme ... Work ethic and progress in strength and conditioning program is notable as evidenced by an "elite" ranking after a 1,283-watt jerk lift, a 31" vertical leap and a 9' broad jump.
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
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 ... Lists Chris Johnson as his all-time favorite Pirate player ... Hobbies include snowboarding, surfing and hunting ... 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 and track athlete ... Older brother Austin is a pitcher at Rhodes College 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.