ECU QB wins award for season opening win

ECU QB wins award for season opening win

GREENVILLE - East Carolina junior Shane Carden has been named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Player-of-the-Week following his record-setting performance in the Pirates' 52-38 non-conference win over Old Dominion.

Carden established new single-game school records with 447 passing yards and 46 completions, while matching a program-best with five touchdown throws. In all, he completed 46-of-54 attempts (85.2 percent) without an interception to record his second career 400-yard passing effort, his fifth 300-plus and ninth 200-plus game. Twenty-one (21) of Carden's 46 completions went for 10 or more yards and he opened the contest by completing his first nine passes (and 15-of-16).

In his last two games at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, including last year's season finale against Marshall, he has completed 84-of-101 passes for 886 yards and eight TDs. Carden has accounted for 37-of-51 offensive TDs as the Pirates' top quarterback dating back to last year and has converted 54-of-57 red zone opportunities while under center - including a current run of 42-straight conversions (6-of-6 vs. ODU on Saturday).

Earlier in the week the Houston, Texas native was named Conference USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week (Sept. 2).

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.

In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year college.

Carden and the Pirates (1-0) will open league play this Thursday, Sept. 5, when they play host to Florida Atlantic (0-1) at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

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