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ECU senior WR Cam Worthy accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Worthy has posted 47 receptions for 886 yards and three scores despite missing a few games due to a suspension. He's a big (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) downfield threat who averaged 18.9 yards per reception this season. Worthy -- a possible Day 3 pick -- and Justin Hardy combined to form one of the nation's best receiving tandems.
Dec 24 - 4:23 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy caught 12 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 32-30 loss to UCF.

A typical Hardy evening on Senior Night. He has caught nine balls or more in six of the school's last seven games. Hardy finishes the regular season with 110 catches, 1,334 yards, and nine scores. The slot dynamo is pretty easy to project to the NFL, as he'll assume the exact same role. Hardy, 6-foot, 186 pounds, is likely to go in the middle rounds.
Dec 4 - 11:25 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden completed 36-of-48 passes for 397 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Thursday's last-second loss to UCF.

This will go down as one of the season's most devastating losses. On Senior Night in Greenville, Carden and WR Justin Hardy, both seniors, led a frenzied fourth-quarter comeback to turn a 26-9 deficit into a 30-26 lead within the span of 11 minutes. After a failed UCF fourth-down conversion attempt, the Pirates took over at the Knights' 25 with only 1:47 to play and a four-point lead. UCF had only one timeout remaining. East Carolina proceeded to bungle clock management and game theory about as dramatically as we've seen. After two kneels, UCF called its last timeout. On third down, Carden, out of the shotgun, ran to the sidelines and slid inbounds for a five-yard loss. On 4th & 19, Carden bizarrely ran backwards, losing 10 yards. The Knights, with 10 seconds left, took over at their own 35. One completed pass to the sideline and one successful Hail Mary later and the Pirates fell to a demoralizing 8-4.
Dec 4 - 11:13 PM

ECU senior WR Cam Worthy caught five passes for 98 yards in Friday's win against Tulsa.

Worthy, a former walk-on, could probably use one more year of development to get ready for the NFL outside of Justin Hardy's shadow. As a senior, however, he isn't going to get it. It's possible Worthy has done enough to earn a Day 3 selection, however. Worthy has a big frame (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and has posted 43 receptions for 846 yards and a pair of scores despite missing a few games due to a suspension.
Nov 30 - 7:20 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden completed 28-of-41 passes for 338 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Friday's win against Tulsa.

Carden has accrued 300 yards or more passing in eight of 11 games this season, and he's been held below 250 yards just once. Yeah, he's a system quarterback, though one that could potentially carve out a career as an NFL backup. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compares Carden to Bruce Gradkowski.
Nov 30 - 7:06 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy caught nine passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in the school's 49-32 win over Tulsa.

Hardy continues to shine from the slot. His 20 yard reception displayed an ability to absorb contact, roll off of it and find open areas of the field. He will play the same role in the NFL.
Nov 29 - 10:56 AM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy "has worked his way into Day 2 consideration by displaying strong hands, ball skills and precise route-running ability," according to's Bucky Brooks.

Hardy produced nine catches for 104 yards Saturday against Tulane to leave him with 355 receptions during his four-year career. "Given the importance of production on a scout's final evaluation, Hardy's outstanding numbers will make him an intriguing player to watch throughout the pre-draft process," Brooks wrote. Hardy should enjoy a long NFL career as a productive slot receiver.
Nov 24 - 11:55 PM

ECU senior WR Cam Worthy caught seven passes for 115 yards in Saturday's win over Tulane.

He's exceeded the century mark in receiving yards in three of the past four games. The former walk-on wasn't discussed in NFL circles prior to this season, but it's possible that he's shown enough improvement this year to hear his name called on Day 3 in the spring. Worthy was suspended for two games earlier this year, but has posted 38 receptions for 748 yards through eight contests.
Nov 23 - 8:58 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden completed 31-of-44 passes for 358 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win against Tulane.

Carden, a system wizard, has piled up 3,574 passing yards and a 21/5 TD/INT ratio during the Pirates' 7-3 start. The gunslinger accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl earlier in the month. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compares Carden to Bruce Gradkowski.
Nov 23 - 8:45 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy broke Ryan Broyles' FBS record of 349 career receptions in Saturday's 34-6 win over Tulane.

Hardy came into the game needing just four catches to surpass Broyles. He ended up with nine receptions for 104 yards to put him at 355 career catches. The senior has a few more games to pad his shiny new record. Fittingly, Hardy didn't bust anything longer than 21 yards in the game. The senior's a consummate possession receiver who uses his excellent body control and sure hands to move the chains. He's viewed as a mid-round draft selection, where he could find a career in the NFL working out of the slot, something he's already shown a great ability to do at the college level.
Nov 22 - 8:51 PM

AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement that he was "disappointed" in the omission of ECU senior WR Justin Hardy from the list of Biletnikoff semifinalists.

The Belitnikoff is awarded to the best wideout in the country, but when the list of ten semifinalists was released on Tuesday, Hardy's name wasn't in the mix. "While we understand that there are a number of deserving candidates for this honor," Aresco said, "anyone who has seen Justin play this year would have to conclude that he is among the best receivers in the nation." Hardy has 1,002 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He is four receptions shy of breaking Ryan Broyles' FBS record of 349 career catches. The 6-foot, 186-pounder has accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl. His consistency as a slot receiver should land him somewhere as a mid-round draft selection.
Nov 19 - 7:18 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that ECU senior WR Justin Hardy will "likely make history on Saturday" by setting an NCAA record for career receptions.

Hardy was a notable omission from the Biletnikoff Semifinalist roster, but, as Brugler points out, Hardy is just four receptions away from breaking Ryan Broyles' record for career receptions. Broyles had 349. For the season, Hardy has caught 80 passes for 1,002 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6-foot, 186-pound senior is a former walk-on who is now being graded as a middle-round pick in the draft thanks to his impeccable body control and ability to work out of the slot.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 18 - 5:48 PM

ECU senior WR Cam Worthy caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown on Thursday.

Worthy's seven-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter briefly put the Pirates ahead before Bearcat quarterback Gunner Kiel led his team down the field for a game-winning field goal. Worthy is a former walk-on and has carved out a nice role alongside slot receiver Justin Hardy.
Nov 13 - 11:49 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy caught 15 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 54-46 loss to Cincinnati.

Quarterback Shane Carden threw the ball Hardy's way on almost every possession. The senior receiver made several impressive leaping catches, showing his ability to wrestle with defenders in the air. Hardy is just 6-foot, but he shows excellent body control and an ability to come down with jump balls, as he did on a 31-yard pass in the third quarter. He also caught an 18-yard touchdown out of the slot in the fourth quarter on a scrambling throw by Carden. Hardy feels comfortable catching balls over the middle, a trait that could make him a valuable slot receiver at the next level.
Nov 13 - 11:38 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden completed 35-of-61 passes for 418 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 54-46 loss to Cincinnati.

Carden struggled to put the ball in the end zone early on, leading his team into the red zone four times in the first half before they finally hit pay-dirt. East Carolina was down 13 points at halftime. Carden was able to put the Pirates ahead late in the fourth quarter only to be foiled by a Cincinnati field goal with fifteen seconds to go. His 61 pass attempts for the game somehow marked only the second-most attempts he's made all season, as he threw the ball 64 times against Connecticut two games ago. The gunslinger accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl earlier in the week. Carden throws the ball a lot (obviously) for East Carolina, but he's viewed mostly as a system quarterback and should be, at best, a late-round draft choice.
Nov 13 - 11:24 PM

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