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2016 Arizona Wildcats football season countdown: No. 60 individual record




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Only 60 days separate us from the start of Rich Rodriguez’s fifth season, when the Arizona Wildcats football team plays Brigham Young on Sept. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

As is customary on this Web site, we will count down the days with an interesting element associated with each day. This year the topic is the top 100 individual records in Arizona’s storied football past.


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A bulk of Ka’Deem Carey’s school-record 5,483 all-purpose yards were via the run in his career at Arizona.


Compiling the list was no easy task, but it was feasible to do with the information provided in the record books by the Arizona media relations department, and we appreciate that.

In past years, we have counted down the top games and highlighted players and some of the top plays in Arizona Wildcats football history. A couple of years ago in our top 100 countdown, we showcased the 1914 team that was responsible for Arizona becoming the “Wildcats”.

Back to this year’s countdown of the top 100 individual records in the 117 years of Arizona football:

No. 60

Most All-Purpose Yards Gained, Career: 5,483, Ka’Deem Carey, 2011-13 (4,239 rushing, 679 receiving, 565 kickoff returns; 847 plays)

NCAA record: 7,796, Damaris Johnson, Tulsa, 2008-10 (1,062 rushing, 2,746 receiving,
571 punt returns, 3,417 kickoff returns; 491 plays)

Ka’Deem Carey’s record-filled career at Arizona includes the all-purpose mark over his three years as a Wildcat.

Ka’Deem Carey’s prolific numbers as a running back were great enough to propel him to the all-purpose career record at Arizona. All-purpose stats take into account rushing, receiving, punt returns and kickoff returns.

His 4,239 career rushing yards account for 77.3 percent of Carey’s record total of 5,483 all-purpose yards in 847 plays from scrimmage, amassed in only three years (he declared for the NFL draft before his senior season). He had 679 yards receiving and 565 on kickoff returns. He never returned punts.

Dennis Northcutt held the previous all-purpose record at Arizona, gaining 5,392 yards in his career from 1996-99. Northcutt’s yards breakdown: 3,186 receiving, 382 rushing yards, 905 punt returns and 663 kickoff returns. He achieved those numbers in a total of 348 plays.

Other Carey records at Arizona listed before in this countdown:

73. All-Purpose Yards Gained, Game: 400, vs. Colorado, Nov. 10, 2012

80. Most Rushing Attempts, Game: 48, vs. Oregon, Nov. 23, 2013 publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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