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ECU Football celebrates record-breaking 2013 season with banquet

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

After one of the most successful campaigns in East Carolina football program history, the 2013 season was recognized, honored and celebrated by players, parents, coaches, athletics staff and Pirate Club members during the team's annual awards banquet Saturday night at the Greenville Convention Center.

A total of 22 players earned accolades after helping the Pirates post a 10-3 record, which marked ECU's second double-digit win total in school history and the most since 1991 (11). Fourth-year head coach Ruffin McNeill's squad captured victories in six of their last seven games, including a 37-20 triumph over Ohio in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl on Dec. 23.

The bowl appearance was East Carolina's seventh since 2006 and third since McNeill's arrival in 2010, and capped a record-breaking year that produced 52 new or matched individual and team single-game, single-season and career standards.

Headlining the list of honorees were MVP selections Shane Carden (team), Justin Hardy (offense) and Damon Magazu (defense).

Carden, a quarterback who was also selected as Conference USA's MVP, finished his junior year by breaking single-season school records with 4,139 passing yards, a 318.4 yards-per-game average and a 70.5 completion percentage, which included 387 on-target throws and 33 touchdowns in 549 attempts. An inside receiver, Hardy established six standards during the course of his junior campaign, including ECU career marks in most reception yards (3,047) and TD catches (25). His 114-reception, 1,284-yard performance in 2013 also ranked as the best in the annals of the program. While co-leading the Pirates in overall tackles with 80, Magazu topped all defenders with 41 solo hits and netted a team-best five interceptions from his free safety position as a senior.

Cam Worthy was the recipient of ECU's Newcomer-of-the-Year Award after making an impact at one of the outside receiving slots with 19 catches for 295 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Worthy closed his junior season in exciting fashion by throwing a 14-yard scoring pass to Carden midway through the fourth quarter at Tropicana Field to secure the bowl victory.

Seven were cited as positional players-of-the-year, including freshman Isaiah Jones (receivers; 62 catches for 604 yards and five TDs), senior Vintavious Cooper (running backs; 230 carries for 1,193 yards and 13 TDs to become the first Pirate back to rush for over 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons since 1992-94), senior Adonis Armstrong (defensive backs; 48 tackles and a team-high 11 pass breakups), sophomore Terrell Stanley (defensive line; 46 tackles, 10.0 TFLs and 7.0 sacks), senior Will Simmons (offensive line), senior Derrell Johnson (linebackers; 80 tackles, team-highs with 14.0 TFLs and 8.0 sacks and nine quarterback hurries) and senior Trent Tignor (special teams; 42.8 punting average).

McNeill and his staff also cited players who made the biggest improvement over the course of season and became notable contributors as starters or key reserves on the depth chart. Junior CB Detric Allen (secondary) and junior ILB Brandon Williams (front seven) took home the honors for the defense, while senior OG Jordan Davis (line) and sophomore IWR/TE Bryce Williams (skill) were selected for the offensive unit.

Senior inside linebacker Kyle Tudor (70 tackles, 3.0 TFLs) and senior offensive tackle Adhem Elsawi were named the recipients of the Rock Roggeman Heart-of-the-Pirate Award on the defensive and offensive sides of the ball, respectively. The honor, named after the former Pirate linebackers coach who lost his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2010, symbolizes the display of inspirational and motivational leadership.

Contributions to the program off the field were also saluted as senior fullback and tight end Zico Pasut earned the Morris Foreman Iron Pirate Award, selected by the strength and conditioning staff for unparalleled dedication and hard work in the weight room.

The Rick Bankston Memorial Award, given to outstanding scout team players, went to true freshman end Joe Allely on defense and sophomore quarterback Jonathan Weymann on offense.

Rounding out the awards were captain-of-the-year nods to Carden (offense/skill), Magazu (defense/secondary), senior DE Lee Pegues (defense/front seven), Simmons (offensive/line) and Tignor (special teams).

Elsawi and junior kicker Warren Harvey received the Jerry T. Brooks Award for academic achievement. The honor was the second-straight for Elsawi, who a month ago was also a First-Team Academic All-District selection along with Harvey.

In addition to the pair of individual honors, the Pirate program as a whole excelled in the classroom during the fall semester with one (1) Chancellor's List, nine (9) Dean's List and 24 Honor Roll members. A total of 13 players competed in the bowl contest as ECU graduates, five earning bachelor degrees in the summer prior to the start of the season and eight participating in Fall Commencement Exercises on Dec. 14.

2013 EAST CAROLINA FOOTBALL AWARDS

Most Valuable Player

QB Shane Carden, Team

FS Damon Magazu, Defense

WR Justin Hardy, Offense

Newcomer-of-the-Year

WR Cam Worthy

Positional Players-of-the-Year

DE Terrell Stanley, Defensive Line

CB Adonis Armstrong, Defensive Back

ILB Derrell Johnson, Linebacker

OG Will Simmons, Offensive Line

RB Vintavious Cooper, Running Back

WR Isaiah Jones, Wide Receiver

Top Gun Player-of-the-Year (Special Teams)

P Trent Tignor

Most Improved Players-of-the-Year

CB Detric Allen, Defense (Back)

ILB Brandon Williams, Defense (Front)

OG Jordan Davis, Offense (Line)

WR/TE Bryce Williams, Offense (Skill)

Rick Bankston Memorial Award (Scout Team MVP)

DE Joe Allely, Defense

QB Jonathan Weymann, Offense

Jerry T. Brooks Award (Academic Achievement)

OT Adhem Elsawi

PK Warren Harvey

Morris Foreman Iron Pirate Award (Strength and Conditioning)

RB/TE Zico Pasut

Rock Roggeman Heart-of-the-Pirate Award (Inspirational)

ILB Kyle Tudor, Defense

OT Adhem Elsawi, Offense

Team Captains-of-the-Year

FS Damon Magazu, Defense (Back)

DE Lee Pegues, Defense (Front)

QB Shane Carden, Offense (Skill)

OG Will Simmons, Offense (Line)

P Trent Tignor, Special Teams

 

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