Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Week 3 Player of the Week: Shane Carden, East Carolina

Shane Carden

East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden looks for running room against UTEP on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C. (RoadTripSports.com photo by Kendall Webb)

As a member of the panel that will select the 2014 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award winner, each week I’ll publish the release awarding the Player of the Week award. The release is below. Check back here each week to find out who will win the honor en route to selection of the inaugural Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award winner later this year. The College Football America 2014 Yearbook Encyclopedia featured some of these players earlier this football season. The book is available on iTunes for just $9.99. Get a copy today. It’s the most comprehensive College Football book of its kind.

TYLER, Texas – East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden has been named The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the third week of the 2014 college football season.

The American Athletic Conference quarterback completed 23 of 47 passes with three touchdowns, becoming the school’s all-time leader in completions and touchdown passes (63). Carden also had a rushing touchdown with 16 seconds left to play to give the Pirates a 28-21 victory over No. 17 Virginia Tech. Carden’s 427 yards passing on Saturday ranked as the third-most ever against a Virginia Tech defense.

On Carden’s performance, Coach Ruffin McNeill said, “I’m proud of him. He is a direct example of what we believe in. We both believe in the commitment to the team. You could see it in the locker room after the game. No matter what awards he’s up for, he never loses sight of the team concept.”

Shane Carden graduated from Episcopal High School, Houston, Texas. He is a senior at East Carolina.

Week 3 Honorable Mentions:


Wichita Falls, TX (Rider HS)

23/30, 312 yards passing, 6 TD, INT

W, 66-0 vs. Kent State


Midlothian, TX (Midlothian HS)

23/34, 416 yards passing, 4 TD

W, 63-21 @ Buffalo


Allen, TX (Allen HS)

22 carries – 145 yards, 4 TD

W, 49-28 @ Texas Tech


The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division 1 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 D1 Texas college.

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