While the Arizona Wildcats have struggled to secure wins against the Pac 12 (now 4-7 under Rich Rodriguez), they have had one consistent bright spot on offense. Running back Ka’Deem Carey continues to be one of the best running backs in the country that nobody is talking about. Even in his team’s defeat at the hands of the USC Trojans on Thursday, Carey showed once again why he’s an elite rusher.
As Arizona tried to mount a rally in the Coliseum, Carey was providing steady offensive production for the Wildcats. He finished the night with 138 yards on 21 carries, averaging 6.6 yards per carry against what has been a very good USC defense. It was the 8th straight game, and 12th time in his last 13 games, that Carey has gone over the 100-yard mark, which is an incredible level of production to maintain. The only time he hasn’t cracked the century mark in that span was last season against the UCLA Bruins.
That streak is even more impressive when you consider that Carey has been the primary target that defensive coordinators are gameplanning for, particularly this season. Coming into the game against USC, B.J. Denker was far and away the lowest rated quarterback in the Pac 12 and the Arizona passing game was basically non-existent. That meant teams could stack the box to make things difficult for Carey and he has continued to dominate, showing that he’s just as tough as he is explosive.
It has been that kind of consistency that allowed Carey to lead the nation in rushing in 2012 and will have him at or near the top of the leaderboard again in 2013. He’ll only be helped out if Denker has turned the corner and can offer something in the passing game to loosen up defenses in the box to open up more lanes for Carey to burst through. No matter how many guys they stack up to try and stop him, though, you can still count on Carey to get the job done.