This was by far one of the toughest weeks of the season for picking a player of the week.
With so many outstanding statistical performances, and plenty of nuanced efforts in some major games, narrowing it down is tough.
So when that’s the case, we look to the biggest performance in the biggest game, and there was no bigger game than Arizona’s blowout win over Oregon -- which changed the fates of several teams on a conference and national level.
Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey turned in an All-America, Doak Walker-worthy, and yes, even Heisman-worthy performance against Oregon, rushing 48 times for 206 yards and four touchdowns. In the process, he broke a trio of Arizona records for most carries, career rushing yards (3,913) and career touchdowns (49). His 48 carries were the most of any FBS player this season -- eclipsing Tyler Gaffney’s mark of 45 carries against, you guessed it, Oregon.
“He's going to get a lot of individual accolades, and he absolutely deserves them. But he's about the team first the way he prepares,” said Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez. “He's a physical, hungry runner. There were some holes that weren’t there that he made. I love the way he approaches the game.”
The Tucson fans appreciate it as well as they gave him a moment of recognition.
“It means a lot for this program and my family,” Carey said. “Being raised here, I felt like I put on [a show] for Tucson, and we have magic out here … It was a great moment. I want to have the O-line in the picture with me because I’m not the only one out there working. It’s a together thing, not just one person.”
With the quarterback-heavy Heisman field taking a step back this past weekend, this performance had to have opened up some voters to the idea of #TeamKaDeem.