Arizona Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey and linebacker Jake Fischer received some preseason love this morning.
Carey, who led the nation in rushing last season with 1,929 yards, was named to the Maxwell Player of the Year Award Watch List. A total of 76 players were named to the list. Carey was one of 28 running backs.
The Maxwell Award is handed out at the end of the year to the top player in college football. Semifinalists for the award will be named on Oct. 29 and the three finalists will be named on Nov. 18. The winner will be revealed on Dec. 12.
Carey was the only UA player to be included on the list and one of 15 Pac-12 players to be recognized. His inclusion is certainly no surprise. Carey, of course, broke Trung Candidate's single-season school-record rushing mark of 1,602 yards last season and added 23 rushing touchdowns.
Fischer was one of 75 players and 25 linebackers named to the Bednarik Award Watch List. The Bednarik Award is given annually to the top defensive player in college football.
The Ironwood Ridge High School product started all 13 games at middle linebacker last season for the Wildcats and led the team with 119 tackles. He also had 6 1/2 tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries. He was one of 13 Pac-12 defenders named to the list.
Carey, Fischer and the rest of the Wildcats begin their season Aug. 30 against NAU.