East Carolina junior quarterback Shane Carden is one of 16 semifinalists for the inaugural Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, the committee announced Tuesday.
Carden, one of two players on the semifinalist list to garner multiple player-of-the-week honors, has guided the Pirates to an 8-2 record and a Conference USA-best 6-1 record. Carden has passed for a league-high 3,320 yards, completing 72.5 percent of his passes (306-of-422) with 29 TDs. He has also added seven ground scores to rank second on the team behind Vintavious Cooper’s nine.
The award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity.
• East Carolina junior receiver Justin Hardy has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy, which is given to the most outstanding collegiate football player who began his career as a walk-on. Hardy was one of 53 student-athletes originally nominated for the award.
A three-year starter at wide receiver, Hardy recently set a school record for career touchdown receptions with 24. He currently ranks second on ECU’s all-time receiving charts in receptions (239) and receiving yards (2,810), trailing only Dwayne Harris.
St. Augustine’s: Impressive performances by guards Joel Kindred and Amere May last week earned them CIAA men’s basketball honors on Tuesday. Kindred was named player of the week, and May was selected newcomer of the week. The duo led the Falcons to victories in their first two games.
A Preseason All-CIAA pick, Kindred averaged 24.5 points and 13 rebounds in addition to shooting 55.3 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line last week. May averaged 30 points and 6.5 rebounds in the two wins last week.
Duke: Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie announced the signing of Lyneé Belton of Clinton, Md., Sierra Calhoun of Brooklyn, N.Y., Erin Mathias of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Azurá Stevens of Raleigh, to national letters of intent to attend Duke in the fall of 2014.
“This group of four chose Duke to make an immediate impact, to come in right away and build on everything that’s been done prior and to have a chance to make history,” said McCallie.
The four-member group is ranked No. 2 nationally by the Girls Basketball Report. The class was also tabbed No. 4 overall by the All-Star Girls Report. Overall as a class, the Blue Devils brought in three top-23 players in various rankings.