ECU’s Carden named Conference USA's most valuable player
East Carolina junior quarterback Shane Carden was named Conference USA’s most valuable player Wednesday as selected by the league’s 14 head football coaches.
Carden is the first ECU quarterback to garner all-C-USA first team honors and the second Pirate in four seasons to win MVP after receiver Dwayne Harris claimed it in 2010.
Carden earned four C-USA offensive player of the week awards this season, accounting for 42 touchdowns (32 passing, 10 rushing) while throwing for a league-best 3,866 yards.
The Houston product leads all FBS players in pass completion at 71 percent and threw for 300 yards or more seven times in 2013.
ECU was 105-of-114 in the red zone with Carden at the helm this season.
The Pirates (9-3), who meet Ohio (7-5) Dec. 23 in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., finished second in the East Division of C-USA to Marshall.
Marshall junior quarterback Rakeem Cato was named the league’s offensive player of the year after being selected MVP last season. He leads C-USA in touchdown passes with 36, threw for 3,579 yards and rushed for six scores.