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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

ECU WR Justin Hardy has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Hardy joins his quarterback Shane Carden in accepting invitations, and the two will have an instant rhythm in one on one passing drills. Hardy will make his NFL money in the slot, something he is already being asked to play at ECU.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 10 - 2:32 PM

ECU QB Shane Carden has accepted a Senior Bowl invite, according to the event's site.

The senior crop of quarterbacks is a very weak position this year, so the other five who accept invites will be interesting. It is worth pointing out that Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley are eligible. Carden comes from a four or five receiver offense, so expect his footwork to be questioned during the event.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 10 - 1:55 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy was held to four receptions and 35 yards in a 20-10 upset loss to Temple on Saturday.

Temple won this game despite getting outgained 428-135. They did it by not turning the ball over, recovering five Pirate fumbles, blocking a field goal, and forcing ECU to run by devoting defensive resources to clogging passing routes. Temple entered the game 0-34 against ranked teams in their last 34 such contests. As for Hardy, he's a slot-only receiver at the next level. We're lower on him than most, seeing a Day 3 pick.
Nov 2 - 3:12 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden completed 38 of 64 attempts for 445 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Carden added 32 rushing yards. There is no doubt some teams will not view Carden as draftable. Others could see him as a sixth- or seventh-round pick. Either way, Carden will get a shot in an NFL training camp and will have a chance to make a roster.
Oct 24 - 9:48 AM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy caught 14 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown in the school's 31-21 win over UConn.

Hardy is a very good slot receiver at the college level and is lucky to be playing the spot where he projects in the NFL. There is plenty of quickness and body control from his inside position, but do not expect him to consistently take the top of coverages. Hardy could be an early third day pick who makes his mark in the short and intermediate areas.
Oct 24 - 9:33 AM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy caught 10 passes for 114 yards and no scores in Saturday's 28-17 triumph over South Florida.

The prospect with an NFL future in the slot is super quick underneath and can haul in passes on the move. We hesitate to stamp him with a Day 2 grade right now, but don't see any reason why Hardy couldn't contribute in the right system (i.e. one that doesn't, because of circumstance, force him to play on the outside as a No. 1 or 2 WR). "Hardy has a nice hesitation move to gain clearance against press coverage," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote last month. "Though he doesn't possess elite top-end speed, Hardy accelerates quickly and cuts sharply. He has good vision and balance to shake would-be tacklers with the ball in his hands."
Oct 13 - 4:59 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden went 24-for-33 for 250 yards, one touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 28-17 win over South Florida.

Carden has thrown for 2,129 yards (8.4 YPA), completed 65.9% of his passes and posted a 16/4 TD/INT rate during ECU's 5-1 start. His accuracy is down from last season's 70.5% mark, but he's averaging almost a yard more per attempt and his interception percentage has also dropped. The trade-off has been worth it, as you can see in his improved QBR ratings. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compares Carden to Bruce Gradkowski. We think he could carve out a similar pro career.
Oct 13 - 4:44 PM

In his return to the field, ECU senior WR Cam Worthy caught five passes for 56 yards in Saturday's win over South Florida.

Worthy had been suspended for the last two games for a violation of the student code of conduct. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote last month that Worthy had "made scouts take notice" with his play earlier this season. Worthy has a big frame (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and has made great strides on the field this year.
Oct 13 - 4:28 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden completed 31 of 41 attempts for 410 yards and four touchdowns in the school's 45-24 win over SMU.

Carden is a very good college quarterback and will likely get a shot to make an NFL roster next summer. The question is if he will be drafted. Expect to see Carden at one of the postseason all star games, and his play there will be telling.
Oct 4 - 4:31 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy caught eight passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 45-24 win over SMU.

SMU could not stop a nose bleed right now, and Hardy took advantage. The future slot receiver is very quick on underneath routes and has some after catch ability. We doubt he becomes a top three-round pick, but Hardy could contribute in the right role and offense.
Oct 4 - 4:19 PM


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