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C-USA Players Of The Week: Carden And Batiste

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East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden threw for 376 yards and accounted for six touchdowns against North Carolina. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images.
East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden threw for 376 yards and accounted for six touchdowns against North Carolina. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images.

At this point in the season, the cream is starting to rise to the top in C-USA and the defending champs are bottom feeders. Tulsa won the crown last year, but as they say, heavy is the head that wears the crown. Tulsa can’t carry the weight. Coming off a 17-point defeat to Iowa St., the Golden Hurricane are spinning out of control. Enough about the duds. Who were the studs in Week 5?

Offense

Shane Carden, QB, ECU: 32/47, 376 yds., 3 TDs; 3 rushing TDs vs. UNC

Vintavious Cooper, RB, ECU: 35 carries, 186 yds.; 8 rec., 70 yds. vs. UNC

Jameill Showers, QB, UTEP: 26/43, 365 yds., 5 TDs vs. Colorado St.

Jordan Leslie, WR, UTEP: 3 rec., 130 yds., 1 TD vs. Colorado St.

Orleans Darkwa, RB, Tulane: 17 carries, 118 yds., 1 TD vs. La. Monroe

Defense

Bryce Callahan, CB, Rice: 7 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 2 PBUs vs. FAU

D’Joun Smith, DB, FAU: 3 tackles, 1 INT, 3 PBUs vs. Rice

Jordan Batiste, CB, Tulane: 8 tackles, 1 FF, 1 INT, 1 sack, 2 QB hurries vs. La. Monroe

Offensive Player Of The Week:

Carden and Cooper carved up Carolina’s crummy defense and Showerd poured down on Colorado State's. See what I did there? Either one of these players could have won this week but I have to side with the Carden. The  junior signal caller scored six total touchdowns in ECU’s first road victory in Chapel Hill since 1975. That’s a long time. There are four assistant coaches on the Pirates' staff who weren’t even born yet. This rival game turned into a beatdown and Shane Carden led the attack.

Defensive Player Of The Week:

With a name like Jordan, how can he not get this honor? Batiste was all over the field pressuring the quarterback, stuffing the run and forcing fumbles.  His first career sack was a forced fumble that led to a defensive touchdown. Batiste led the Green Wave defense with eight tackles and helped shut down Louisiana Monroe’s offense.