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Arizona football: It's official (almost): Carey tops in rushing

2013-01-03T00:00:00Z 2013-01-03T06:40:43Z Arizona football: It's official (almost): Carey tops in rushingDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Ka'Deem Carey tweeted to his 3,000-plus followers Wednesday, announcing himself as the nation's leading rusher.

"Its official led the nation in rushing yards people I'm taking it," Carey wrote.

Not so fast.

Although it looks as if Carey will indeed become the first UA running back since 1955 to lead the nation in rushing yards, it isn't yet a done deal. Oregon's Kenjon Barner would pass Carey if he rushes for 306 yards in tonight's Fiesta Bowl in Glendale.

Barner, who rushed for 321 yards against USC this season, enters Oregon's matchup against Kansas State with 1,624 rushing yards - 305 yards behind Carey's total of 1,929.

Carey leads the nation with 148.38 rushing yards per game. Carey has played in one fewer game than several other running backs.

Carey can become the first UA player in 57 years to win the rushing title. Art Luppino rushed for 1,313 yards in 1955 on the way to his second consecutive crown.

Cats land another recruit

T.J. Johnson, a three-star athlete from Florida, committed to coach Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats on Wednesday.

Johnson is rated as the 85th-best running back in the country by the Scout.com recruiting service. The 5-foot-8-inch, 165-pound running back/slot receiver picked Arizona over West Virginia and South Florida.

"I liked the team, the coaches, the school, the offense they run, everything," Johnson said. "Coach Rodriguez was a cool dude, and he takes football very seriously."

Johnson had 1,133 total yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior for Island Coast High School in Cape Coral, Fla.

The running back is known for his speed: He is listed as having a 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds.

"I rely on my speed to get in the open field and make guys miss," said Johnson, who visited Tucson in December. "I wanted to get out of Florida and expand to something different."

He is the 22nd high school senior to verbally commit to Rodriguez. The coach has signed five junior college players, who could all enroll in school as early as next week.

Players can sign national letters of intent starting Feb. 6.

Incoming QB set for showcase game

One of the UA's prized high school recruits, quarterback Anu Solomon, is set to play in Friday's Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

The game, slated for a 7 p.m. start, will be broadcast on the NFL Network.

Solomon is the only Wildcats recruit in the game. The 6-1, 205-pound quarterback from Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High School committed to the Wildcats in May.

NCAA Rushing leaders

Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey cleared two hurdles Tuesday when Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch and Wisconsin's Montee Ball failed to catch him atop the NCAA rushing list. Only Oregon's Kenjon Barner has a chance left, and he needs 306 yards Thursday against Kansas State to pass Carey.

Player Games Yards

1. K. Carey, Arizona 13 1,929

2. S. Jefferson, Nevada 13 1,883

3. M. Ball, Wisconsin 14 1,830

4. J. Lynch, Northern Illinois 14 1,815

5. L. Bell, Michigan St. 13 1,793

8. K. Barner, Oregon* 12 1,624

* Only player in FBS with a game remaining and chance of catching Carey

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