A season ago, Tucson native Ka'Deem Carey entered the life as an Arizona Wildcat with high expectations. After a high school career where he set records, single-handedly won games and caught the attention of some of the biggest football programs from all over the country, Carey entered his hometown college expected to make an immediate impact.
Carey started to take off towards the end of the season, giving Arizona fans something to be hopeful of heading into the 2012 campaign. He ended last season with a team-high six touchdown carries and was second on the team in rushing yards with 425. Against rival Arizona State, Carey finished with a season high 92 yards on just 13 carries.
Now in a new system, all eyes are on Carey. With head coach Rich Rodriguez's history with running backs, many are expecting Carey to have a breakout season, especially with how he ended the 2011 campaign. He's still learning, but Carey likes what he has experienced in the new offense.
"This offense spreads out a lot of things," Carey said. "It makes the defense have to choose. If they choose one way, we can go the other way. We can run the ball and it spreads (the defense). We can get isolation with the linebackers. We can do a lot of things with this offense. I'm liking it."
Getting into space is one of the keys for this offense and Carey believes that could allow him to elevate his game as a sophomore.
"I think I am pretty good in space," Carey said. "If the coaches can get me past the line of scrimmage and let me do the rest in the backfield, that's a great thing to have."
Many look at the combination of Carey and quarterback Matt Scott as the typical quarterback-running back combo that tends to succeed in Rodriguez's system. The pair have been doing their homework and Carey also believes the other running backs could benefit from the new system as well.
"Me and Scott, we are in our playbooks," Carey said. "We are trying to learn each and every day to get better. We have good running backs behind us. They are learning, so hopefully they'll come in and be a big threat too."
Both Carey and fellow running back Daniel Jenkins have looked strong in early practice sessions. The soon-to-be sophomore believes the duo could develop into one of deadliest 1-2 running back combinations in the Pac-12.
"Of course," Carey said. "Why not? I feel like me and him are both talented and then you got Scott back there to top it off. I feel that's a win."
Carey ready to break out
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