Monday, November 24, 2014

ECU QB Shane Carden Named Semifinalist For Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award

TYLER, Texas – For the second-straight year, East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden is one of 16 semifinalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award the committee announced Monday afternoon.

Carden, who earned Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Weekly honors on Sept. 16, has guided the Pirates to a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 ledger in the American Athletic Conference. The Houston, Texas prep product has passed for a league-best 3,574 yards, completing 63.6 percent of his passes (294 of 462) with 21 touchdowns. He has also added five ground scores, which ranks second on the team behind Breon Allen’s eight.

A Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist and three-time American Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Week selection, Carden already owns ECU career records in completions (954), attempts (1,424), TDs (77), passing yards (10,829) and total offense (11,089), while ranking second behind David Garrard (1,685/1998-2001) in total plays (1,666). He also owns the ECU single-game standard for completions (46/ODU), passing yards (480/Tulane) and TDs accounted for (7/Tulsa), while tying his own mark with five passing scores on three occasions (ODU, Tulsa, UAB).

Carden has engineered a Pirate offense that has racked up 500 yards or more total offense six times, including a school-record 789 yards in a 70-41 win over North Carolina. He has authored a league-best five 400-yard passing efforts, which ranks second nationally behind Connor Halliday (Washington State), who has six.

Nationally, he ranks among the Top 20 in completions for 10-plus yards (1st/152), completions per game (2nd/29.40 pg), total offense (2nd/365.3 pg), passing yards per game (2nd/357.4 pg), passing yards (4th/3,574) and points responsible for per game (16th/16.0 pg).

The semifinalists, in alphabetical order, include: Jay Ajayi (Boise State), J. T. Barrett (Ohio State), Trevone Boykin (TCU), Shane Carden (East Carolina), David Cobb (Minnesota), Corey Coleman (Baylor), Josh Doctson (TCU), Rashard Higgins (Colorado State), Aaron Jones (UTEP), Cayleb Jones (Arizona), Shock Linwood (Baylor), Keevan Lucas (Tulsa), Samaje Perine (Oklahoma), Bryce Petty (Baylor), Josh Reynolds (Texas A&M) and Jonathan Williams (Arkansas).

Finalists will be selected from this group and announced on December 10, 2014. The winner will be announced and honored at the award banquet in Tyler, Texas on January 14, 2014.

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 Division I Texas college.