This spring, Carey is excited to start fresh with his new coach and new system.
"I was in there the other day watching tape (from Michigan) and I love the way they put the running back in a great position to make a play," Carey said. "The line is always on the body and opening holes for the running back.
Carey is looking forward to having a bigger role this year, but understands he is not the only man in the backfield.
"I felt like whatever I did for the team was good and I was happy with the result," Carey said. "I just have to go out there working and if we run the ball more, we have a lot of great running backs that can take the ball."
One player that is joining Carey at the running back position is Greg Nwoko. The junior back is recovering from a torn ACL that cost him all of the 2011 season.
"Greg looked good," Carey said. "I feel like he's coming off his injury well. He's out there making cuts and performing."
Carey is also enthusiastic about playing alongside senior signal caller Matt Scott.
"He's so talented," Carey said. "He can do it all. He can pass and run; an all-around quarterback."
The two looked to be connecting well with the read option hand-off during light drills.
The drills are one thing that the sophomore likes about the new and tough practices.
"Practices are intense," Carey said. "If they catch you walking, you have to do twenty up-downs and then sprint from where you came from.
"You just have to grow and get better each day. Every day you have to give what you've got. Pretty soon, you'll be something."