The Arena Football League announced today that Baltimore Brigade QB Shane Carden has been named 2017 AFL Rookie of the Year. The former East Carolina Pirate averaged 243.8 passing yards per game, second best in the league, threw 63 touchdowns and led the Brigade to a playoff berth in their inaugural season. Carden becomes just the third quarterback to win the award.
“Shane displayed outstanding playmaking ability and toughness over the course of the season,” Brigade Head Coach Omarr Smith said. “It was an absolute honor to coach him this year. Shane is a young star with a very bright future.”
Carden became the first rookie since 2011 to throw for 3,000 yards and his 3,169 passing yards rank 16
all-time among first-year players. The Houston, Texas native threw for 357 yards against the Tampa Bay Storm in Week 5 and 359 yards in Week 11 against Cleveland, becoming the eighth rookie in AFL history to throw for 350+ yards in multiple games.
During his time at East Carolina University, Carden set the school record for career passing yards and passing touchdowns. In 2013, he was named the Conference USA MVP and in 2014, his senior season, he was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year.