June 10, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina junior quarterback Shane Carden, who turned in the third-highest single-season passing total in school history last fall with 3,116 yards and 23 touchdowns, has been named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Offensive Watch List according to a release by the organization Monday.
Carden was one of 30 quarterbacks selected on the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level.
A three-time Conference USA Player-of-the-Week choice in 2012 after taking over the starting position prior to the third game of the campaign, Carden played a key role leading the Pirates to a divisional co-championship and the program's sixth bowl appearance in the last seven years. He completed 273-of-413 attempts to stand second in the league in both passing yards and completion percentage (66.1), while finishing fifth in total offense (254.4 ypg).
Carden, who topped ECU with eight rushing touchdowns, also ranked among the nation's top 35 in total passing yards, completions per game (21.0) and points responsible for (14.3 ppg). In addition to matching a single-game school record with five TD throws against Memphis on Oct. 13, he established a new standard with 439 passing yards in the Pirates' 65-59 victory over Marshall on Nov. 23.
"Congratulations to Shane Carden on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Offensive Awards Watch List," CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith said. "Under head coach Ruffin McNeill, Carden will be one of the top players to watch at the quarterback position in 2013."
All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration. More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and twenty-one have been first-round NFL Draft selections.