Ka’Deem Carey Watch: Arizona Wildcats RB continues rushing yards record-setting pace

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In Arizona’s 31-13 loss at Washington yesterday, junior running back Ka’Deem Carey continued to run ahead of the pace he needs in the regular season to catch Trung Canidate for the Wildcats’ career rushing mark.

He gained 132 yards on 30 carries against a good Washington defense.

With one rushing touchdown, he fell slightly below the rate in the regular season needed to catch Art Luppino’s school record 44 touchdowns set in 1953-56. Carey has 34 career rushing touchdowns in only 27 games.

Entering yesterday’s game, Carey needed to average 130.1 yards per game and 1.2 touchdowns to reach Canidate and Luppino in the regular season (if Arizona reaches a bowl, the averages would be slightly reduced).

Canidate stands at 3,824 rushing yards from 1996-99.

Carey is at 2,785 in basically his second full season. He had only 91 carries for 425 yards as a freshman in 2011. His nation’s-best 1,929 rushing yards last season put him in the position to break Canidate’s record without having to play his senior season if he opts for early entry into the NFL draft.

Carey has 431 rushing yards in 73 attempts (5.9 yards per carry) in three games after missing the season-opener against NAU and the opening quarter against UNLV for disciplinary reasons. A remarkable stat about Carey: He has lost only three yards rushing the ball in his 73 carries. Against Washington, he was not tackled behind the line.

Here’s a breakdown of where Carey stands now with eight regular-season games remaining:

Career rushing yards: Canidate gained a school-record 3,824 yards from 1996-99. Carey now has 2,785. He needs 1,039 yards to reach Canidate. That means he must average 129.9 yards per game to reach Canidate.

Career rushing touchdowns: Luppino “The Cactus Comet” scored a school-record 44 rushing touchdowns from 1953-56. Carey now has 34. He needs 10 to reach Luppino. That means he must average 1.3 touchdowns in the next eight games.

These averages are only considering Arizona’s regular-season schedule. The Wildcats, who play 12 regular-season games, need at least three more victories to become bowl eligible.

ARIZONA TOP 10 CAREER RUSHERS

No. Yards Name Hometown Att. Avg. Years
1. 3824 Trung Canidate Phoenix 604 6.3 1996-99
2. 3501 Ontiwaun Carter Granada Hills (Calif.) 805 4.3 1991-94
3. 3371 Art Luppino La Jolla (Calif.) 513 6.6 1953-56
4. 3163 Mike Bell Phoenix 678 4.7 2002-05
5. 3096 Hubie Oliver Elyria (Ohio) 649 4.8 1977-80
6. 2957 Nic Grigsby Long Beach (Calif.) 572 5.2 2007-10
7. 2785 Ka’Deem Carey Tucson 467 5.9 2011-
8. 2571 David Adams Tucson 600 4.3 1984-86
9. 2530 Clarence Farmer Houston 521 4.9 2000-03
10. 2397 Keola Antolin Las Vegas (Nev.) 500 4.8 2008-10

WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports and TucsonCitizen.com.

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