CHERUBINI CHIMES IN
One-on-One with the
August 12, 2010
By Ron Cherubini
All rights reserved.
Mobile Alpha version of this page.
Where Rio Johnson has been the picture of patience, progressing through the
ranks to be the slight favorite to win the starting quarterback job in 2012,
his primary competitor, Shane Carden, has been patient in a different way.
Carden has never run anything but this offense. He has had good spring camps
thus far. He is ready, and another year as the scout QB might not be as
palatable this time around.
If the East Carolina fanbase house is a divided one on the QB topic, Carden
would be the candidate for the camp that believes the QB should be one
hand-picked by this staff, groomed for life in this system, and young enough
to be a three-year starter. Carden was the first signee of the Coach Ruffin
McNeill era and was an all-state quarterback in Texas who was groomed in his
high school program by former star Texas Tech QB B.J. Symons. In short, he
was built to run this offense. Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has said
over and again that Carden is the most skilled overall of his quarterbacks.
Carden was, by some accounts, starting to gain the edge in spring camp when
he suffered an injury to his throwing hand that shut him down for the
remainder of camp. Perhaps he would have pulled away with the job had he not
been injured. But now the battle moves on to the fall where it is largely
expected that Carden will be one of the two QBs that get on the shortlist
for the majority of snaps in the battle for the No. 1 job.
Shane was kind enough to sit down for a chat with Bonesville to share his
insights on the upcoming season.
Shane Carden winds up for a pass.
(ECU SID photo)
One-on-One with Shane Carden
Q: By all accounts, you were
having a great spring, maybe even starting to
establish an edge in the competition, and then,
wham, injury. How are you feeling right now and were
you able to get in significant reps this summer with
A: I feel like I came out and at
first it felt a little different than (in spring
camp), but then we got into pads and I got in a
couple of plays and I am feeling good again. I
worked this summer and I feel like I am picking up
right where I left off (in spring). Yeah, I feel
Q: Your just a sophomore, but it
must feel like you have been ramping up for this QB
battle forever. Are you chomping at the bit for your
A: Yeah, I know it has only been
two years, but it does… it does feel like those two
years have been a long time. I am hungry to play
football and that injury (in the spring) has made me
even hungrier. All I could do was watch film so I
watched a ton of it and I feel like that is also
helping me right now. I am ready for this
competition for the job.
Q: One item that Coach Riley has
indicated as being an area of need is for one of the
QBs to learn how to be a big-time leader, something
that he credits Dominique Davis with being so good
at. Is that a role you feel is natural for you? Do
you have that mindset and did you learn anything
about yourself as a leader in the spring?
A: Definitely Coach Riley wants
leadership from his quarterback and I feel like I
have gotten more consistent in being a verbal
leader. I feel like I have always led with my play
and work on the field, but I know I have to speak
up. When I first got here, you know, I was younger
and sort of was a little quiet. I didn’t speak up
much because all these guys have been here and are
out there on the field. But now I have worked with a
lot of these guys and have earned the opportunity to
speak up more and I have been. Time in allows for
that. I think I have gained the respect of my
teammates and can lead this team.
Q: What player on this team do
you most respect and why?
A: Hmmm… this is hard to really
answer, but you want one name — I would say (Andrew)
Bodenheimer. He was a walk-on before I got here but
he works so hard and he does every play right, over
and over again. He has earned that scholarship he
has now. He uses every bit of his ability out there
on every play. He is a living example right here in
front of us on how to work, practice, how to play
Q: If you were a quarterback on
an opposing team, which defensive player on our
defense would you be sure you knew where he was
A: Whew… there are some guys I
would want to know where they are, but probably it
would be Derrell Johnson. He is so big and strong
and when he comes off that edge — man is he big —
when he comes off that edge, you have to be ready. I
would say Derrell will be a guy quarterbacks are
Q: Drop a name or two of a young
receiver who will make a name for himself in 2012?
A: Well, he’s not a young
receiver, but Dayon Arrington has had a great, great
summer and he looks really good. He could have a big
year. And as for a young guy, I would say Donte
Sumpter — he is a real fast, real good receiver. But
honestly, our receiving group all look good. We have
a bunch of really good players to throw the football
Q: Working with the offensive
line, are you seeing a bunch of improvement there?
A: Definitely the group is much
bigger and stronger now. Last season, injuries hurt
us, but they all got to play and they are so much
stronger now and you can tell the group is committed
to being better. They look very good to me.
E-mail Ron Cherubini
Ron Cherubini Archives
08/12/2012 02:13 AM