ECU

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.”

11 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • 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

    View quoted thread



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

  • PirateGrad2009 Aug 12, 2014

    View quoted thread



    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

    View quoted thread


    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

    View quoted thread



    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

    View quoted thread



    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.

More...

 

 

Listen & Watch
  • HighSchoolOT Live

    Tonight at 7:00 on WRAL-2

  • Football Friday

    Tonight at 11:35 on WRAL-TV

  • ACC Football: Pittsburgh @ Georgia Tech

    Tomorrow at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Logan Zone

    Sunday at 11:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • Golf: The Tour Championship

    Sunday at 1:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Oakland @ Washington

    Friday, Sep. 29 at 8:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • College Football: Duke at North Carolina

    Tomorrow at 3:30 pm on Buzz Sports Radio

AP Top 25
Thu, Sept 21
7Final
21
43
Fri, Sept 22
23
7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 北京时间7:30 MST9:30 EST
Preview
Sat, Sept 23
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST11:00 EST
Preview
12
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST11:00 EST
Preview
19
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST11:00 EST
Preview
10
11:00 PT12:00 MT1:00 CT2:00 ET6:00 GMT2:00 北京时间11:00 MST1:00 EST
Preview
13
5
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
2
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
14
16
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
6
1
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
8
1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET8:00 GMT4:00 北京时间1:00 MST3:00 EST
Preview
3:00 PT4:00 MT5:00 CT6:00 ET10:00 GMT6:00 北京时间3:00 MST5:00 EST
Preview
18
3
3:30 PT4:30 MT5:30 CT6:30 ET10:30 GMT6:30 北京时间3:30 MST5:30 EST
Preview
22
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
17
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
11
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
25
4
4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET11:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST
Preview
20
4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET11:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST
Preview
15
4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET11:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST
Preview
24
7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST
Preview
7
7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST
Preview
NFL Scoreboard
Thursday, Sep. 21
LA Rams41Final
San Francisco39
Sunday, Sep. 24
Baltimore 6:30 PT7:30 MT8:30 CT9:30 ET13:30 GMT21:30 6:30 MST8:30 EST8:30 CT17:30 UAE9:30 ETNaN:�
Preview
Jacksonville 
Denver 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Buffalo 
New Orleans 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Carolina 
Pittsburgh 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Chicago 
Atlanta 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Detroit 
Cleveland 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Indianapolis 
Tampa Bay 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Minnesota 
Houston 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
New England 
Miami 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
NY Jets 
NY Giants 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Philadelphia 
Seattle 1:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:05 CT0:05 UAE (+1)16:05 ETNaN:�
Preview
Tennessee 
Cincinnati 1:25 PT2:25 MT3:25 CT4:25 ET20:25 GMT4:25 1:25 MST3:25 EST3:25 CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ETNaN:�
Preview
Green Bay 
Kansas City 1:25 PT2:25 MT3:25 CT4:25 ET20:25 GMT4:25 1:25 MST3:25 EST3:25 CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ETNaN:�
Preview
LA Chargers 
Oakland 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 MST7:30 EST7:30 CT4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ETNaN:�
Preview
Washington 
Monday, Sep. 25
Dallas 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 MST7:30 EST7:30 CT4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ETNaN:�
Preview
Arizona 
Minor League Baseball
International League
Memphis 4:07 PT5:07 MT6:07 CT7:07 ET12:07 GMT
Durham 
Evian Champ (LPGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1A. Nordqvist - z-9F
2B. Altomare - y-9F
3tM. Jutanugarn-8F
3tK. Kirk-8F
3tL. Ko-8F
6tS. Feng-7F
6tS. Kim-7F
8J. Song-6F
9M. Lee-5F
10tG. Hall-4F
View Full Leaderboard
z = Won in Playoff   y = Lost in Playoff
 
ATP Scoreboard
Thursday, Sep. 21
St. Petersburg Open (ATP)
Second Round
(1) R. Bautista A6 4 6   
R. Dutra Silv4 6 0   
(7) V. Troicki77 4 6   
G. Pella63 6 4   
(5) P. Kohlschrei     
R. Berankis     
(8) J. Struff6 6    
T. Fabbiano1 4    
(3) F. Fognini6 4 6   
M. Youzhny4 6 4   
(2) J. Tsonga77 3 6   
J. Sousa61 6 2   
 
Moselle Open (ATP)
Second Round
(4) G. Muller4 4    
N. Basilashvi6 6    
D. Istomin6 66 77   
Y. Maden3 78 60   
(5) M. Zverev6 6    
H. Laaksonen4 4    
K. De Scheppe6 7    
N. Mahut4 5    
(7) B. Paire6 6    
M. Granollers1 2    
(3) L. Pouille64 66    
M. Copil77 78    
(2) D. Goffin3 6 6   
N. Almagro6 3 3   
 
WTA Scoreboard
Thursday, Sep. 21
Guangzhou Women's Open (WTA)
Quarterfinals
A. Krunic6 6    
R. Peterson1 1    
(6) A. Cornet1 65    
Y. Wickmayer6 77    
(2) S. Zhang6 6    
K. Kozlova1 1    
E. Rodina6 77    
L. Cabrera1 64    
 
Korea Open (WTA)
Second Round
(4) S. Cirstea6 6    
N. Gibbs3 3    
P. Hon7 6    
A. Rus5 4    
(1) J. Ostapenko6 6    
N. Hibino2 2    
Quarterfinals
(4) S. Cirstea3 1    
L. Kumkhum6 6    
 
Toray Pan Pacific Open (WTA)
Second Round
(9) C. Garcia6 6    
K. Nara1 3    
(4) J. Konta5 65    
B. Strycova7 77    
(3) C. Wozniacki4 6 6   
S. Rogers6 1 4   
(5) D. Cibulkova6 6    
K. Siniakova2 2    
Quarterfinals
A. Pavlyuchen5 6 6   
B. Strycova7 3 1