Oct. 15, 2012
IRVING, Texas - After matching a school single-game record by passing for five touchdowns in a 41-7 Conference USA victory over Memphis, East Carolina sophomore quarterback Shane Carden has been named Conference USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week according to an announcement Monday by league officials.
It is the initial weekly league award of Carden's career and the first by a member of the Pirate offensive unit this season. Inside linebacker Jeremy Grove (Appalachian State), outside linebacker Montese Overton (Southern Miss) and strong safety Chip Thompson (UTEP) were cited earlier for their play on the defensive side of ball, while punter Trent Tignor earned special teams honors on Sept. 17 for his effort against the Golden Eagles two days earlier.
In addition to his scoring tosses, Carden established career highs in passing yardage (308) and completion percentage (75.8) to lead East Carolina to its largest victory margin since 2009. He completed 25-of-33 passes without an interception against the Tigers and recorded touchdown throws of 67, 39, 11, 14 and four yards.
Carden successfully hit targets on his first seven passes of the contest Saturday before finishing the first quarter with a nine-of-11, 176-yard performance to get the Pirates off to a 14-0 lead. In his last two opening periods (UCF and Memphis), he has completed 17-of-20 passes for 301 yards and three TDs. Carden has directly accounted for 13-of-14 touchdowns as ECU's quarterback this season and currently leads all Pirate ball-carriers with four rushing scores.
Joining Carden as Conference USA honorees this week are Houston senior linebacker Phillip Steward and Tulsa senior linebacker DeAundre Brown as co-defensive players-of-the-week, and Houston senior kicker Matt Hogan as the special teams' selection.
Carden and the Pirates (4-3, 3-1 C-USA) return to action Saturday at 7:00 p.m. (ET), when they travel to Birmingham to face UAB (1-5, 0-2).
C-USA Football Players-of-the-Week are voted on by a panel of the league's media.