Carey excited for season

Ka'Deem Carey had a solid season last year, but is now looking to build off that. Read on to see his expectations, what he is looking forward to, and more.

In 2012, all eyes in Arizona Stadium are going to be on Wildcats' running back Ka'Deem Carey. Not only does he return for his sophomore season a year after showing signs of becoming an elite Pac-12 running back, but he now has a head coach who knows how to extract the most production out of players like Carey.

Generally known to run an offense that favors the rushing attack, head coach Rich Rodriguez is expected to utilize Carey as one of his primary weapons in the upcoming campaign.

How well Carey and his teammates perform in their first year under the new head coach will be determined by how quickly they transition into the new system. Carey sees progress and he's bought in to Rodriguez's philosophy.

"We've made big steps," Carey said. "I love what he is doing with the offense. He likes to get the play makers the ball, spread the ball around and run a fast tempo."

Carey is adapting to the system well and notices that the plays are designed to give him the ball in space, which is where the running back can cause trouble for the opposition.

"He spreads out the offense for the running back to make good plays," Carey said. "So I feel like it will be easier."

Carey showed flashes as a true freshman, but his opportunities were sporadic. Now with an expectation of holding a much larger role in the new offense, Carey believes he has grown dramatically as a player.

"I feel I have progressed greatly," Carey said. "I think there has been a big jump working with this staff. They build you to be a different player. Faster, stronger and bigger is my goal for this season."

Carey plans to pair with fellow running back Daniel Jenkins to become one of the top 1-2 running back punches in the Pac-12.

He knows the offense depends on a successful rushing attack and admits that both players are going to have to be on top of their game for this team to have a successful season.
,br> "Me and Jenkins talk all the time," Carey said. "We are really close as a running back group, so we talk and we explain how we have to push this team to be great. If we push it to be great I feel like this offense will be great."

With a system in place that basically forces the ball into the hands of the play makers, Carey anticipates producing in more ways than just rushing.

"Catch the ball more," Carey said. "Rich Rod likes to put the ball in the play makers hands. As a running back I have to catch the ball a lot more."

One of the biggest and most difficult adjustments under Rodriguez has been the up-tempo style of play. Now several months removed from the first practice sessions under Rodriguez, Carey is now enthused to see just how far his squad has come.

"I'm very excited," Carey said. "This tempo that we run is extremely fast, so I just want to go out there and show everybody how fast we can go."

Not many people are expecting big things from UA, but Carey doesn't necessarily agree with the negative predictions for the Wildcats. Does he think Arizona is going to surprise some people this year, though?

"Yes I do," Carey said. "We work hard every day, so why not go out there and surprise the world?"

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