The East Carolina Pirates are making the move to the AAC in 2014 and will be looking to make an immediate impact. After winning 10 games last season, ECU returns enough talent to be a dangerous team in their new conference setting thanks in large part to their star quarterback, Shane Carden. Will Carden make his impact felt in the AAC and take the Pirates all the way to a conference title this season?
Last year, Carden was one of the best mid-major quarterbacks in the country. He completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 4,139 yards with 33 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions while rushing for another 10 touchdowns. ECU boasted the No. 11 passing offense in the country in 2013 and ranked No. 9 in scoring offense averaging 40.2 points per game. Carden’s numbers would have ranked him second in the AAC in 2013 behind only pass-happy Garrett Gilbert of the SMU Mustangs.
With the top four quarterbacks in the AAC moving on this offseason, there’s a serious void under center for the top signal caller in the conference for 2014. Carden is poised to step right into the spot and build off a strong junior season. The senior is poised to have a monster season on a bigger stage which could potentially land him an invite to New York City in December as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Even if Carden can’t secure a Heisman invite, he’ll be in line to be the top quarterback in the AAC in 2014. As the most prolific signal caller of the bunch, he will in excellent position to take the Pirates to the top of their new conference this fall.