TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona junior running back Ka’Deem Carey was today selected as a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s best running back, it was announced by PwC SMU Athletic Forum.
Carey is now Arizona’s all-time leading rusher and career touchdowns leader. The Tucson, Ariz., native rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns against No. 5 Oregon last Saturday, giving him 3,913 career rushing yards and 49 total touchdowns. He surpassed Trung Canidate (3,824 yards from 1996-99) for the rushing mark and Art Luppino (48 touchdowns from 1953-56) for the touchdown record. Added up, Carey owns 20 school records in single-game, season or career categories.
Carey is closing in on 4,000 career rushing yards, needing 87 markers to become the first Wildcat to ever do so. Only nine players in conference history have topped 4,000 rushing yards, and Carey’s current total already ranks No. 10. Additionally, Carey’s 45 career rushing touchdowns are tied with USC’s Marcus Allen (1978-81) for seventh-most in conference history.
Carey has rushed for 100 yards in a school-record 14-consecutive games, which leads all active FBS players and has tied the conference record held by Washington State’s Jerome Harrison (2004-05). According to ESPN.com, Carey and Harrison hold the longest such streak of any FBS player in the last 10 seasons.
Carey has rushed for at least 119 yards in all 10 games he has played this season. He has gained 1,559 rushing yards on 290 attempts with 16 touchdowns. He also has 173 receiving yards on 26 catches with a touchdown, giving him 1,732 all-purpose yards. The Tucson, Ariz., native ranks second nationally with 155.9 rushing yards per game and is No. 3 nationally with 173.2 total yards from scrimmage per game.
Carey set a school record with 1,929 rushing yards and led the nation with 148.4 yards per game as a sophomore in 2012. He’s followed up that All-American campaign with another one of the top seasons in program history. Carey has rushed for 1,353 yards and 12 touchdowns entering play this week, putting him No. 4 on the school’s single-season rushing charts.
Arizona returns to action for its final regular-season game of the season, a matchup with Arizona State, in Tempe on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. MST. The game will air on Pac-12 Networks with Glenn Parker, Ted Robinson and Drea Avent calling the action. Saturday’s contest will also air on Arizona IMG Sports Network, KCUB 1290 AM in Tucson and Fox Sports 910 AM in Phoenix.For continued coverage of Arizona football, follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/ArizonaFootball and on Twitter @ArizonaFBall.