Arizona Wildcats football: On Carey, a big-time recruiting visitor and more

2013-11-14T10:01:00Z Arizona Wildcats football: On Carey, a big-time recruiting visitor and moreDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 14, 2013 10:01 am  • 

Here's a shocker — not really. 

Arizona Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey has been named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, handed out to the top running back in the country.

Of all the postseason awards Carey is a candidate for, this is the one he has the best chance of winning.

The Canyon del Oro High School product is one of 10 running backs to be named a semifinalist. 

The others: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska; Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky; Mike Davis, South Carolina; Tyler Gaffney, Stanford; Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin; Tre Mason, Auburn; Bishop Sankey, Washington; Lache Seastrunk, Baylor; Andre Williams, Boston College. 

Carey is now a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award.

The three finalists for the Doak Walker Award will be announced on Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. The winner will be revealed on Dec. 12 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando. 

The UA running back has 1,221 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games this season.

When Carey and Arizona take on Washington State this Saturday, a big-time visitor will be at Arizona Stadium. 

Jalen Tabor, ranked as the fifth best cornerback in the country by the recruiting service, will take an official visit to Arizona this weekend.

Tabor, out of Edison-Friendship Public Charter School in Washington D.C., will visit the UA with high school teammate and UA running back commit Jonathan Haden. Scout reported earlier this month that Tabor was down to three schools — Alabama, Maryland and Florida. But Arizona seems to still be in the mix and will now get Tabor on campus this weekend.

It still seems like a long shot that Tabor, ranked as a four-star recruit by Scout, will join Haden at Arizona, but it's significant to even get a player like him on campus for an official visit. has Tabor ranked as the fourth best corner in the country and a five-star prospect. 

A few links to pass along this morning:

• We got some solid insight on the UA's quarterbacks this week from position coach Rod Smith. Here's a Q+A with Smith, who breaks down B.J. Denker's season so far and talks about the future at the position. 

• Greg Hansen wrote a great column today on Carey and where he stands in Arizona all-time history. Hansen says Carey has been great so far, but still has some work to do. 

• The predictions for this weekend's league games are up at the ESPN Pac-12 blog. Check out who Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell think will win the UA-Washington State game. 

• The guys at the ESPN Pac-12 blog also tell you what to watch for this weekend in the conference. 

• Jacob Thorpe at the Spokesman-Review looks at Arizona's offense this season and what has changed since the beginning of the season.

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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.

Contact Daniel at or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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