Arizona Wildcats football: Carey named to Doak Walker watch list

2013-07-18T11:15:00Z 2013-07-18T20:18:13Z Arizona Wildcats football: Carey named to Doak Walker watch listArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 18, 2013 11:15 am  • 

Ka'Deem Carey's sophomore season ended with a rushing title and consensus All-America honors. 

Today's news, then, only makes sense. 

Carey was named to the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back. It's an impressive — though not necessarily exclusive — group: Eight running backs from the Pac-12 Conference alone are on the list. 

Carey led the nation with 1,929 rushing yards and 148.2 yards per game as a sophomore; with the tailback and quarterback Matt Scott leading the way, the Wildcats went 8-5 and won the New Mexico Bowl. Carey's numbers were also UA program records. Carey set the Arizona and Pac-12 single-game rushing record on Nov. 10, when he put up 366  yards in a win over Colorado. 

Carey will figure even more prominently in Arizona's offense this fall; Scott has graduated, and his three potential replacements — B.J. Denker, former USC quarterback Jesse Scroggins and freshman Anu Solomon — have combined for just one college start. 

The Doak Walker Award will be presented on Dec. 12 at The Home Depot College Football Awards show. 

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

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