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CATCH UP ON THE COUNTDOWN BY VISITING: ARIZONA’S TOP 100 INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
Only 58 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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Ka’Deem Carey’s name is all over the Arizona record book as he has yet another entry in this countdown.
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:
Most Games Gained 100 Yards Rushing, Career: 22, Ka’Deem Carey, 2011-13 (36 games)
NCAA record: 34, DeAngelo Williams, Memphis, 2002-05 (44 games)
Ka’Deem Carey amassed 22 games of at least 100 yards rushing in his career from 2011 to 2103, an Arizona record that topped the previous record of 18 set by Trung Canidate from 1996 to 1999
Three straight days of Ka’Deem Carey in this Arizona individual records countdown with much more to come from the most prolific running back in Wildcat history.
Carey’s 22 games of at least 100 yards rushing in his career was achieved in only three seasons in a span of 36 games played. All but one of his games in 2013 — his final season with Arizona because he advanced to the NFL before his senior year — featured at least 100 yards on the ground. He missed the season-opener in 2013 because of disciplinary reasons, otherwise he likely would have one more game of at least 100 yards rushing.
In his three years at Arizona, Carey averaged 7.3 games of at least 100 yards each season. The previous record-holder — Trung Canidate with 18 from 1996 to 1999 — averaged 4.5 a year.
Arizona junior Nick Wilson has eclipsed 100 yards rushing 10 times in his first two seasons, including seven as a freshman in 2014. He was limited to only three such games last season because of injuries. It is worth watching to see if Wilson can top Carey’s record mark of 22, which is not an easy task with the competition Wilson will face with Rich Rodriguez good stable of capable running backs.
Other Carey records at Arizona listed before in this countdown:
59. Touchdowns Scored, Game: 5, vs. Colorado, 2012, tied with Art Luppino, vs. New Mexico St., 1954
60. All-Purpose Yards Gained, Career: 5,483, 2011-13
73. All-Purpose Yards Gained, Game: 400, vs. Colorado, Nov. 10, 2012
80. Most Rushing Attempts, Game: 48, vs. Oregon, Nov. 23, 2013
ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com 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 CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, 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.