The Arizona Wildcats uncovered a star at running back in 2012 when Ka’Deem Carey took the college football world by storm as a sophomore. He broke out in a major way under first year head coach Rich Rodriguez and staked his claim to being one of the top running backs in the country for the foreseeable future. But his offseason has not been nearly as stellar as Carey made headlines following an alleged incident with a former girlfriend. With those charges now dropped, can Carey learn from his mistakes and get back to the business of playing great football?
His accomplishments on the field last season are hard to ignore. He led the nation in rushing with 1,929 yards and set a school-record with 23 touchdowns. He very nearly joined the elite company of college rushers who have broken the 2,000-yard barrier and has surely set that lofty mark as his goal for 2013. He was the main driving force in Arizona finding some quick success under Rodriguez and figured to be the focal point for the near future as the Wildcats try to take the next step in the Pac 12.
But then the offseason came and Carey found himself in hot water. Last December, police were called for an alleged domestic violence incident with his former girlfriend. Carey was facing misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges. Luckily for Carey, all the charges have been dropped due to a lack of evidence and an unavailable witness. Hopefully, this close call will be a wake-up call to Carey.
He is coming into his own as a football player, but boneheaded decisions off the field can derail that potential faster than anything. If he hopes to truly become the football player he is capable of, he needs to make sure he is being the man he wants to be when he’s not wearing pads. Carey escaped without harm this time, but he must learn from this situation and be a more mindful human being in the future.