Following a six touchdown performance (three passing and three rushing) in East Carolina's 55-31 win at North Carolina, East Carolina junior QB Shane Carden has been named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week.
C-USA Football Players of the Week are voted on by a panel of the league's media.
Carden matched a personal best by directly accounting for six touchdowns (of seven overall) during East Carolina's 55-31 victory at North Carolina. He completed 32-of-47 passes for 376 yards and three TDs against the Tar Heels, which marked his sixth career 300-plus-yard contest. Carden connected on six, seven and 48-yard scoring strikes, while adding three one-yard TD rushes to help the Pirates rack up 603 yards of total offense - ECU's seventh-highest single-game total in school history (and most since 2007). He also helped ECU establish a new single-game program standard with 101 plays and match another with 36 first downs. Carden engineered nine scoring drives in 13 total possessions vs. UNC, including five-of-six in the second half. He also played a key role converting all eight red zone appearances into points. Carden found 12 different receivers for at least one reception (seven for two or more) vs. Tar Heels and 15-of-32 completions went for 10 or more yards. He picked up 22 ground yards on eight attempts and posted his second career sack-free game (and first since Sept. 29, 2012).
This is Carden's second Offensive Player of the Week award this season and the fifth of his career.