Greg Hansen: Silence speaks volumes about program

Ka'Deem Carey

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The Arizona Wildcats announced tonight that star running back Ka'Deem Carey will not play in the team's season opener against NAU.

The news came down from a UA spokesperson more than 90 minutes before kickoff. Senior Daniel Jenkins is expected to start in his place. 

Carey, the nation's rushing leader in 2012, had run-ins with the law during the offseason. In December, Carey was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a domestic violence incident with his then pregnant ex-girlfriend. The charges were dropped in June.

And in January, Carey – a Canyon del Oro High School product — was kicked out the UCLA-UA basketball game at McKale Center following an altercation with a campus security officer. 

Carey participated in spring drills with the Wildcats and all of fall camp. However, this week coach Rich Rodriguez hinted there would likely be some sort of playing time penalty for the running back and tonight, he followed up. 

The running back wasn't allowed to speak with reporters during the spring and most of fall. He broke his silence earlier this month at the team's media day. 

"All eyes are on me," Carey said at the time. "I have to make great decisions at all times. I have to keep moving on. I can never hold my head down and think about what's happened in the past."

Read more in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.