LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Ka’Deem Carey’s night at the Home Depot College Football Awards show didn’t start off the way he was hoping.
Carey saw Boston College’s Andre Williams win the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back. The Doak Walker was the first award presented at tonight’s show at the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s Boardwalk. Carey, along with Washington’s Bishop Sankey were finalists for the award along with the winner, Williams.
But there was some good news for the UA standout tonight.
For the second straight year, Carey was named a Walter Camp first-team All-American.
“That’s big for me to go back-to-back and get that honor again for a second straight season,” Carey said. “I’m thankful they see so much in me and think I’m worthy of that. I went to the dinner last year where they recognized the first-team and it was a goal for me to go back again this year.”
Carey is the UA’s first back-to-back Walter Camp first-team All-American since Tedy Bruschi in 1993 and 1994.
“That’s some big company right there,” Carey said of Bruschi. “He’s one of the best ever to come through our school.”
With the selection to the Camp team, the Canyon del Oro High School product is on his way to becoming a consensus first-team All-American for the second straight year.
Carey rushed for 1,716 yards and 17 touchdowns in 11 games during the regular season. Williams, the Doak Walker Award winner, rushed for more than 2,100 yards this season.
He’ll get a chance to get the final word in with Williams on Dec. 31 when the two players face off in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La.
Carey arrived for the show wearing a black suit, blue shirt and multi-colored tie and walked the red carpet about an hour before the awards show began. The running back was all smiles, waving to the fans lined up on both sides of the red carpet for Carey and the other nominees’ arrivals.