Tyler, Texas – East Carolina senior quarterback Shane Carden is one of 43 players named to the initial 2014 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List according to a release by the organization Wednesday. Carden, a two-time watch list selection, was a semi-finalist in 2013.
Carden, who was named Conference USA's Most Valuable Player in 2013, passed for an ECU single-season record 4,139 yards and completed an FBS second-best 70.5 percent (387-of-549) of his throws with 33 touchdowns. The Houston, Texas prep product also ran for 10 scores, and against Ohio in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl, caught a 14-yard TD pass to help the Pirates to a 37-20 victory.
A four-time C-USA Player-of-the-Week honoree a year ago, Carden engineered a Pirate offense that racked up 500 yards or more of total offense five times, including a pair of 600-plus yard contests. He was the lone C-USA quarterback with multiple 400-plus yard passing games (447/ODU, 480/Tulane) and authored a league-best seven 300-yard air efforts.
Nationally, Carden ranked among the top 15 in completion percentage (2nd), completions per game (5th/29.77), points responsible for per game (5th/20.5 pg), total points responsible for (6th/266), passing yards (7th), passing yards per game (8th/318.4 pg), passing TDs (9th) and total offense (14th/326.3).
Carden has also earned inclusion on the CFPA Quarterback Trophy, Davey O'Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Manning Award, Maxwell Award, Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio) and Walter Camp Watch Lists heading in to the 2014 campaign.
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.
East Carolina, which is set to open its inaugural campaign in the American Athletic Conference this fall under fifth-year head coach Ruffin McNeill, was 10-3 in 2013 and successfully completed the program's seventh postseason appearance in the last eight years with a 37-20 win over Ohio in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.
The Pirates will open the 2014 season at home against North Carolina Central inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on August 30 with an 8 p.m. (ET) scheduled kickoff.
Pirate On Preseason Watch Lists
· Shane Carden - CFPA Quarterback Trophy Watch List, Davey O'Brien Watch List, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List, Manning Award Watch List, Maxwell Award Watch List, Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio) Watch List, Walter Camp Watch List
· Maurice Falls - Butkus Award Watch List
· Justin Hardy - CFPA Wide Receiver Trophy Watch List, CFPA Punt Returner Trophy Watch List, Biletnikoff Award Watch List, Hornung Award Watch List, Maxwell Award Watch List, Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio) Watch List
· Montese Overton - CFPA Linebacker Trophy Watch List