Ka'Deem Carey is one of the 16 best players in college football.
At least that's what the Maxwell Football Club believes. The 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award were announced this morning and Carey was one of five Pac-12 players on the list and one of four running backs included. The award is given to the collegiate player of the year.
The three finalists for the award will be revealed on Nov. 25 and the winner will be announced on Dec. 12 as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.
Carey currently leads the nation in rushing yards per game with 153.3 and has 10 rushing touchdowns on the season. The running back is the active FBS leader with 10 straight 100-yard rushing games and has 42 career touchdowns to his credit.
The full list of candidates are:
Tajh Boyd, quarterback, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback, Louisville
Ka'Deem Carey, running back, Arizona
Derek Carr, quarterback, Fresno State
Brandin Cooks, wide receiver, Oregon State
Mike Evans, wide receiver, Texas A&M
Melvin Gordon, running back, Wisconsin
Sean Mannion, quarterback, Oregon State
Johnny Manziel, quarterback, Texas A&M
Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Oregon
A.J. McCarron, quarterback, Alabama
Aaron Murray, quarterback, Georgia
Bryce Petty, quarterback, Baylor
Bishop Sankey, running back, Washington
Lache Seastrunk, running back, Baylor
Jameis Winston, quarterback, Florida State
Carey and Arizona next play on Saturday at Cal. Kickoff is 12:30 p.m.
Some links of interest to pass along this morning:
• First, we wrote about Arizona having the chance to become bowl eligible this week with a victory at 1-7 Cal on Saturday. It's certainly not the end game for Rich Rodriguez's team, but would be a nice accomplishment this early in the season.
• Greg Hansen writes today that B.J. Denker's development and improvement has the UA thinking big down the stretch.
• ESPN's latest bowl projections are out. Mark Schlabach has Arizona ticketed for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and Brad Edwards, the BCS guru, has Arizona headed to the New Mexico Bowl again, which doesn't seem like a good possibility.
• Arizona is No. 8 in the ESPN Pac-12 blog's latest power rankings, ahead of Washington State, Utah, Colorado and Cal. The blog mentions that Arizona is "operating under the radar."
• Athlon Sports, in its latest bowl projections, is thinking Arizona is headed to the Las Vegas Bowl to play Boise State.
• Like the ESPN Pac-12 blog, Athlon also has Arizona at No. 8 in the Pac-12 power rankings.
• One final look at bowl projections: The Sporting News agrees with Schlabach and has Arizona heading to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco to play BYU.