GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Justin Hardy and Shane Carden started their East Carolina careers working together on the scout team. Four years later, their connection means everything to the Pirates' pass-heavy attack - and has put both fifth-year seniors within reach of all kinds of records.
Hardy has the chance to set the bowl subdivision record for career catches and has already set the program's career record for receiving yards. The receiver has 266 career catches, putting him 84 away from passing Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles (349) for the FBS career record. Hardy had 114 as a junior.
Carden, meanwhile, could own nearly every ECU career passing record by the end of the season.
Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley says both players are "very, very in synch" and have a strong relationship from their scout-team days.