Rich Rodriguez has long referred to Ka’Deem Carey’s running style as “hungry.”
Not one to go down by an arm tackle, Carey looked for contact during his UA career, and it often took a gang of defenders to bring him to the ground.
Don’t expect any change now that the former UA and Canyon del Oro High School product is a professional.
After seeing 116 players drafted before him, Carey, who was taken in the fourth round of Saturday’s NFL draft by the Chicago Bears, plans on bringing his hungry style with him to the Windy City after waiting so long to hear his name called.
“I run hungry for a reason,” Carey said. “I’ve been overlooked my whole life. I had to sit back and wait for my name to be called and now I get to go prove everybody wrong.”
Everybody except the Bears, of course.
Chicago scouts and coaches became drawn to Carey later in the evaluation process. The Bears didn’t interview Carey at the NFL combine in February but became attracted to the back over the last few weeks.
He impressed two assistant coaches and a couple of scouts in a workout earlier this month. The Bears were hopeful Carey would fall to the fourth round.
Now that Carey is on the Bears roster, Chicago coach Marc Trestman has a different term for Carey’s style, but it has the same meaning as Rodriguez’s.
“He’s a violent runner. He’s a tough runner,” Trestman told reporters in Chicago over the weekend. “I just watch him carry the football and catching the football and the tenacity and just the violent way and the quickness with which he runs the football.
“He can run inside and outside, he can catch the ball — he’s got good hands — he’s going to be a very willing, tough, physical blocker.”
Carey will head to Chicago today and begin rookie mini-camp Friday. Trestman was very clear when asked what his expectations are for Carey, who will get to learn from Pro Bowl back Matt Forte.
“We’re looking for a three-down back to back up Matt and we feel very good about Ka’Deem,” Trestman said. “So he’ll come in and compete. He’ll compete behind Matt, and we’re excited about what he brings.”
The Bears said they aren’t worried about Carey’s off-field issues, which included being kicked out of a UA basketball game in January 2013.
He was also charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a domestic violence incident with his then pregnant ex-girlfriend. Those charges were later dropped.
“Definitely we did our homework (and) knew we wanted to go the extra mile to have clarity in our mind,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said. “We certainly were very comfortable with his honesty about past situations that he’s had and we’re certainly comfortable that he’s on the right path.”
APR figures released
The NCAA released academic progress rate figures for member schools Wednesday morning.
The UA football team scored a 960 multiple-year figure and a 978 for the 2013 season. The 960 ranked fifth in the Pac-12 behind Stanford, UCLA, Utah and Washington and is up from 956 last year.
The single-year 978 is down from 980 last year.
The UA’s multiple-year APR has either improved or maintained every year since 2006, when the Wildcats posted an 883 and were hit with a scholarship reduction penalty.
“It’s been a work in progress the last number of years,” UA athletic director Greg Byrne said. “It’s a team effort between our athletes, coaches and academic support staff, and it’s good to know we’re headed in the right direction. We track APR all year, so we weren’t surprised with anything when the numbers were released.”
Hood to New England
Former UA nose tackle Tevin Hood will fly to Boston this morning for a two-day rookie mini-camp with the New England Patriots.
Hood played in the Wildcats’ 13 games as a senior and had 37 tackles and one sack. He was signed to a tryout contract by New England following last weekend’s draft.
The Chandler native also had interest from the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. Hood will try to latch on with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent after the mini-camp. He is one of four players the Patriots brought in on a tryout deal.
Hood, who said he’s “ready to get after it” in New England, was listed on Arizona’s roster at 6 feet and 302 pounds. The Patriots will use him at defensive tackle.
The tackle transferred to Arizona before the 2012 season from the University of San Diego. He played there in 2011, following a stint at Duke for the 2010 season. He prepped at Chandler Hamilton High School.
Title game on move
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York will hold a joint news conference today announcing that the Pac-12 championship game is on the move.
This year’s title game will be played at Levi’s Stadium — the new home of the 49ers — in Santa Clara, California, on Dec. 5.
The conference had held its championship games on campuses in previous years.
It’s unknown if this is a multiyear agreement or just for 2014. That figures to be addressed today.
Levi’s Stadium will host the 49ers, the Fight Hunger Bowl and a Pac-12 regular season game between Oregon and Cal in October.