Ka’Deem Carey has officially gone where no other Arizona offensive player has ever gone before.
The American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America named the junior running back a first-team All-American on Wednesday, which makes him a consensus All-American.
It’s the second straight year Carey has been a consensus All-American, and he becomes the first UA offensive player to accomplish the feat. The only other Arizona players to do it — Ricky Hunley, Rob Waldrop and Tedy Bruschi — were defensive players.
“It’s well earned,” UA coach Rich Rodriguez said. “It’s an accomplishment for him certainly, but also for the guys around him. The guys that blocked for him and the quarterback who made the right reads. He’s had two really good years. I think two worthy All-American years.”
Carey was named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press, the Walter Camp Foundation and now the AFCA and FWAA. To be a consensus pick, a player has to be on three of the five recognized All-American teams. The other team is the Sporting News.
The Canyon del Oro graduate was named a second-team pick by the Sporting News. Auburn’s Tre Mason was selected over Carey for that team.
The consensus pick wraps up a long list of accolades this season by Carey. He was a Doak Walker finalist, the Pac-12 offensive player of the year and became the first player in UA history to finish in the top 10 in the Heisman Trophy voting when he finished 10th.
“That means a lot,” Carey said of being named a consensus pick for a second straight year. “It means coach RichRod had a plan for me, and that front line went to work this year. Another year to be consensus means we were working. Going from the strength and conditioning staff to coach RichRod to (running backs) coach (Calvin) Magee to the offensive line. We all put in a lot of work into it, and it paid off.”
Carey rushed for 1,716 yards and 17 touchdowns during the regular season this year. He will cap his junior season on Dec. 31 in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl.
Carey rushed for 1,929 yards last season and was the nation’s leading rusher. He was suspended for the season opener against NAU, and Rodriguez said Carey’s season this year may have been more impressive.
“It was a game and a half less because of the way the season started out and we didn’t have as many big runs,” Rodriguez said. We didn’t have as big of holes as we had a year ago. He earned a lot of them.”