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.