Carey ready to meet the challenge

Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey is back in full action and excited to be so. Read on for his reaction to his first game, the strategy of the opposing defense, and more.

Ka'Deem Carey had numerous obstacles in the offseason and now that the nation's leading returning rusher is able to step on the field, he says that he has been able to put those obstacles behind him.

"Yes, just stepping on the field I forget everything else happened," Carey said. "My team reminds me to keep moving forward and forget about everything and play ball."

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez did not allow Carey to have normal media access up until the UNLV game and the running back says that it actually helped him.

"Just to stay away from everything and focus on myself and know who I really am," he said of what it helped him do. "My team is 100 percent behind me and they helped me move on and look at football and overall results."

Carey was able to have a dominant game against UNLV and admits that he was caught a little off-guard by how he felt at its conclusion.

"I felt great," he said. "The line did a good job of opening up holes. I was hardly getting touched out there and I came out really healthy. I was really surprised and feel like it is going to be a good year just because of that."

There may be plenty of pressure on Carey to come close to the numbers he put up last season, but he says he is not paying focusing on that.

"I don't pay attention to the numbers," Carey said. "I just know that this football game is what I love to do, so when I step on that field everything is going to come.

"No matter if I have 50 yards, I worked for that 50 and had a comfortable 50. I trust the line and I know they are going to open up."

With the passing game struggling, it makes sense for the opposition to focus on stopping the run. As far as Carey is concerned, the defensive strategy should not make a difference.

"Just get more aggressive," he said. "I talk to the line and if they want to put the box on, we still can run the ball. We're not scared when you put eight or nine in the box.

"We're going to run the ball and we're going to pound it down your throat, so that is what we practice, so when they load that box up, let's go and play big boy football."

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