"This bowl is going to mean a lot definitely," Carey said. "Getting to face Andre, proving things, going out there and winning. That's the big thing. We have to go out there and win and show myself and show what this team can do for the next year and the years to come."
Speaking of Williams, Carey believes that while he is a great back, there is a little extra motivation in facing him.
"He looks like a fullback and he's smart," Carey said. "He's a good dude. We have a little bond now, so going into this game we have inside jokes we can play on each other. I am looking forward to seeing how he runs even more in person and he's looking to see how I run."
Carey was able to become a consensus All-American and credits numerous members of the team and coaching staff for being able to do so.
"It means a lot," Carey said. "It just means that this team, Coach Rodriguez had a plan for me. This front line has got to work this year. Another year as consensus means we were working.
"Going from the strength and conditioning coach to coach Rodriguez to coach Magee to the offensive line to me. We all put a lot of work into it and it paid off."
The approach that Carey took to each game is something he believes has been passed down to his teammates.
"I approach it like it is the last play I might play and I feel it rubs off, especially to the young ones out there," Carey said. "They see how I play and they go out there and they just want to knock somebody on their butt.
"That rubbing off means a lot. It means I am being a leader out there more so than the year before, so it means a lot to me and hopefully keeps rubbing off and we have everybody playing like that."
As soon as the bowl game ends, it is no secret that the focus will turn to Carey's future and it seems he is accepting of that fact.
"Probably after the bowl game," Carey said of when he will make a decision. "My plan is to make it after the bowl game, see how the bowl game goes, and play it one step at a time."