TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona junior running back Ka’Deem Carey is the Maxwell Award Player of the Week, it was announced by the Maxwell Football Club on Thursday. The Maxwell Football Club also awards a National Player of the Year in December.
The reigning national rushing champion is back on top. Carey is averaging 160.2 rushing yards per game, which is nearly 13 yards more than Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews, who is second with 148.0 per game. He has 38 career total touchdowns (No. 2 at UA and tied No. 3 among active FBS players) and 35 career rushing touchdowns (No. 2 at UA and No. 4 among active FBS players). He’s collected 3,155 career rushing yards (No. 6 among active FBS players) and leads all active FBS players with 108.8 rushing yards per game (career). Carey also has 4,345 career all-purpose yards (No. 10 among active FBS players) while averaging 6.0 yards per carry (No. 8 in FBS) on 527 career rushes. Finally, he leads all active Pac-12 players and ranks No. 3 in FBS for career 100-yard games (15).
Arizona held off a pesky Utah squad for a 35-24 victory at Arizona Stadium last week. Carey set the tone with bookend highlights while setting a school record with 39 carries in a workhorse effort. Carey took his first touch of the game 30 yards and punctuated a 232-yard day with a 44-yard burst to paydirt for the final score with 90 seconds left that all but put the Utes away.
Last week against Utah, Carey carried the ball 39 times for 232 yards and a touchdown. The attempts broke the school record of 36 set by Ontiwaun Carter against Colorado State on Oct. 8, 1994. Not to be overshadowed, the 232 yards ranked tied with Jim Upchurch (vs. UTEP, 1973) as the third-highest single-game rushing total in program history. Only Trung Canidate’s 288 against Arizona State in 1998 and Carey’s 366 against Colorado last season stand above last week’s effort.
Behind his 232 rushing yards last week, Carey became the sixth player in school history to total 3,000 career rushing yards. Now at 3,155 all-time yards, Carey is No. 5 on the school charts after passing Hubie Oliver (3,096) last Saturday. Next up is Mike Bell (3,163) who is only eight yards ahead of Carey at No. 4. The top three include: Trung Canidate (3,824), Ontiwaun Carter (3,501) and Art Luppino (3,381).
The Wildcats travel to Boulder to face Colorado on Oct. 26 in a 5 p.m. MST kickoff. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks. The game will also air on Arizona IMG Sports Network, KCUB 1290 AM in Tucson and Fox Sports 910 AM in Phoenix.
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