East Carolina junior Shane Carden has been named Conference USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week following his record-setting performance in the Pirates 52-38 non-conference win over Old Dominion. For Carden it’s his fourth career weekly honor after earning it three times in 2012.
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).
Joining Carden as Conference USA honorees this week are North Texas senior linebacker Zach Orr as defensive-player-of-the-week, and UAB junior kick returner Jamarcus Nelson as the special teams’ selection.
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).