East Carolina junior quarterback Shane Carden was named Conference USA’s Most Valuable Player on Wednesday.
Carden, who paced the Pirates to a 9-3 regular-season record this season, is the first East Carolina player to win the MVP since Dwayne Harris in 2010.
Carden will lead East Carolina into the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl against Ohio University on Dec. 23.
It will be the program’s seventh bowl appearance in the past eight years.
Carden, a Houston native, passed for a league-high 3,866 yards, completing a nation-best 71.0 percent of his passes (358-of-504) with 32 touchdowns.
He finished with an FBS-best 10 touchdowns to different receivers for at least one score. His 10 rushing touchdowns are second on the team behind running back Vintavious Cooper (11).
Carden won the C-USA Player of the Week award four times during the regular season.
He has paced a Pirates offense that has finished with 500 yards or more of offense five times, including a pair of 600-plus yard contests.
He is the only C-USA quarterback with two 400-plus passing yards in a game this season.
Carden is on pace to break the school’s single-season completions and passing yards record.
Nationally, he ranks among the top 10 in completions for 10-plus yards (2nd/170), total points responsible for (3rd/254), points responsible for per game (3rd/21.2 ppg.), completions per game (5th/29.83 ppg.), total passing yards (6th/3,886), passing yards per game (7th/322.2 pg) and total passing touchdowns (8th/32).