Arizona sophomore Ka’Deem Carey became the 11th consensus All-American in the program’s history with his selection to the Associated Press All-American team today.
The other officially recognized All-America teams are from The Sporting News, Walter Camp Football Foundation and Football Writers Association of America. Carey was selected an All-American by The Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation. The Football Writers Association of America announces its team Friday.
Carey can’t be a unanimous selection because he was not included on the American Football Coaches Association All-America team. He leads the nation in rushing with 146.4 yards per game and is the first consensus All-American at Arizona since cornerback Antoine Cason in 2007.
The Tucson product out of Canyon del Oro leads also ranks No. 2 nationally in total rushing yardage (1,757). He is No. 5 nationally in total all-purpose yards (2,061) and ranks seventh nationally in all-purpose yards per game (171.8). He leads the nation in total yards from scrimmage (2,045) and ranks second nationally in yards from scrimmage per game (170.4).
Carey now has seven first-team All-America honors this season: CBSSports.com (Dec. 3), Athlon Sports (Dec. 4), Scout.com/FOXSportsNEXT.com (Dec. 6), The Sporting News (Dec. 6), the Walter Camp Football Foundation (Dec. 6), Lindy’s Sports (Dec. 7) and the AP (today).
Carey, 5-foot-10 and 197 pounds, is tough to bring down with his physical style of running and ability to burst through the line into the open. Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez has told reporters more than once that Carey runs with an “angry” style.
“I feel like I just turn into The Hulk, or something,” Carey said in an interview with Tracy McDannald of GOAZCATS.com. “I drink a little 5-hour energy and just … ‘Aaaah!’ The team just waits for that in the locker room and I feel like that just brings some energy before we go out there.
“It’s me versus you. If you want to knock my head off, I take that defensively. You’ve got to look at it that way. … You’re taking the beating to them instead of receiving the beating. So I’ve got to run angry. You’ve got to get in that end zone and they’re preventing you to get there, so you’re mad at them.”
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