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Carden, Hardy connecting in record-setting fashion for Pirates

Posted August 11, 2014

— The quarterback and the wide receiver are bound together by natural order of football law. However, a simple pitch-and-catch can't adequately sum up the Pirate partnership of Shane Carden and Justin Hardy.

"Me and Justin both had very humble beginnings,” Carden said. “He came in as a walk-on. I got offered from ECU about a week before signing day and before that I only had one other offer."

The two quickly got on the same page.

"We went into our freshman year, had the same major, took the same classes together, we were on the scout team together," recalled Hardy.

Carden went from scout-team position player to one of the most observed quarterbacks in the country as he has been named to the 2014 Davey O’Brien, Maxwell and Walter Camp watch lists. Hardy went from walk-on to one of just three returning players in the nation that caught over 100 passes last year. He too is on the Maxwell watch list this year along with the Biletnikoff watch list for the nation’s top receiver.

"I remember Shane being a tight end and a running back on the scout team,” said ECU head coach Ruffin McNeil. “Putting on different jerseys and numbers and helmets, he never flinched, never pouted, and Justin's the same way."

They are now far removed from unheralded high schoolers having combined for nearly 12,000 total yards in just three years – much of which coming in partnership.

"And they still practice today, like they would lose their job," said McNeil.

"The great ones do. The great ones have a hunger about them, they love to play the game,” said offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. “They have a chip on their shoulder. To me, if those guys were five-star guys, they still would carry that."

Carden enters 2014 with the schools three top passing games in terms of yards, is the only ECU quarterback to eclipse 4,000 passing yards in a season and needs 1,775 yards to become the career passing leader in Greenville. Hardy owns nearly every school record in the receiving department, including career touchdowns and yards

Still, the dynamic duo is forever tied together by more than record-shattering stats.

"Just to go through something like this with someone who's equally as humble, and just a guy who really cares about the team has been such a fun experience,” said Carden. “It'll definitely be a relationship I'll have for the rest of my life.”

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  • tcoutouzis Aug 12, 2014

    I think we can take the American this year. It will be a tougher league than CUSA. UCF will not be the same team this year. It is a very winnable conference for us.

  • JPack Aug 12, 2014

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    Id love to see it, but I expect Central will take it instead.

  • PirateGrad2009 Aug 12, 2014

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    Here's another story that expands on Carden & Hardy's journey: http://eastcarolina.247sports.com/Article/Scout-team-to-stars-The-tale-of-Shane-Carden-and-Justin-Hardy-30110554

    GO PIRATES!

  • Willie_11 Aug 12, 2014

    Let's Go Pirates!

  • jmcdow2792 Aug 12, 2014

    Predicted to compete for conference champsionship this year. Pretty good.

  • 903 Born To Be Hateddd Aug 11, 2014

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    Apparently so... UNC certainly game planned for em as if they didn't care....

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/09/28/3236138/ecu-runs-over-unc-in-55-31-victory.html

  • lazydawg58 Aug 11, 2014

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    Year end and year out Greenville is the best football atmosphere in the state. They also play a particularly high quality of football as is evidenced by the ten victories they had last year. I'd say your comment reflects either a lack of knowledge or jealousy.

  • dave437 Aug 11, 2014

    it is ECU.....

    no one cares

  • reelpirate Aug 11, 2014

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    OK.......well last year they were ranked 49th overall in points against and averaged giving up just over 24 per game.

  • JPack Aug 11, 2014

    These two are one of the big reasons why ECU has recently had one of the nations top offenses. I just hope they decide to let the defense play this year. It would be a nice change to see there opponents average less than 30 pts per game.

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