Our countdown of the Pac-12’s Top 25 players from the 2013 season continues.
You can review our 2013 preseason Top 25 here.
No. 2: Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
2013 numbers: Carey rushed for 1,885 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. He also caught 26 passes for 173 yards and a score.
Preseason ranking: No. 6
Making the case for Carey: Carey, simply, was the nation's best running back, no matter how badly the Doak Walker Award voters blew it. Boston College's Andre Williams? A fine back, but Carey completely outclassed Williams when they went head-to-head in the AdvoCare V100 BOWL, rushing for 169 yards (6.3 yards per carry) and two TDs in a blowout win compared to 75 yards (2.9 ypc) from Williams. Not a single person in the entire universe walked away from that game still believing Williams, the Doak winner, was better. Carey, a two-time first-team consensus All-American and the Pac-12's 2013 Offensive Player of the Year, ranked second in the nation with 157.1 yards per game. He completed his career by topping 100 yards in 16 consecutive games, a Pac-12 record and a streak that hasn't been accomplished by any other back in a decade. He is Arizona’s career rushing leader (4,232 yards) and ranks seventh in Pac-12 history. He owns or shares 26 Arizona single-game, season and career records. For the past two seasons, everyone knew he was coming. They just couldn't stop him.