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Revised: Arizona’s top 10 list for single-season rushing touchdowns

Ka'Deem Carey

Ka’Deem Carey is looking for more touchdowns. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Arizona Wildcats running back Ka’Deem Carey entered the week tied for seventh on the school’s list for single-season rushing touchdowns.

He’ll be tied for fifth before even playing Saturday night against Washington.

Carey has 10 touchdowns at the halfway point of the season, tied with five others: Keola Antolin (2008), Clarence Farmer (2001), Trung Canidate (1998), Vance Johnson (1983) and Jim Upchurch (1973).

The thing is, two others listed ahead of Carey don’t belong.

TucsonCitizen.com blogger Scott Terrell, while researching his Sunday post — RichRod putting players in Arizona football record book after just half a season — noticed a possible discrepancy in the 1960 touchdown totals of Joe Hernandez.

“Jackrabbit Joe” was listed with 12 rushing touchdowns, but also with seven receiving touchdowns elsewhere in the records section of the media guide. A check of the 1961 media guide did, indeed, indicate that Hernandez had seven receiving scores and five rushing touchdowns.

Later, we decided to check on the 1961 totals of Bobby Thompson, listed with 13 rushing touchdowns. Same thing. That figure was his overall touchdowns, not his rushing total. Thompson had six scores by rushing, five receiving and two on returns.

Arizona athletic department’s communication services further scoured their records and confirmed that Hernandez and Thompson had been listed in error on the rushing touchdowns charts.

So, as we track Carey in the second half of the season, here is the revised list of single-season rushing touchdown leaders:

Most Rushing Touchdowns, Season

Player TDs Year
1 Art Luppino 21 1954
2 Kelvin Eafon 16 1998
3 Nic Grigsby 13 2008
4 Trung Canidate 11 1999
5t Jim Upchurch 10 1973
5t Vance Johnson 10 1983
5t Trung Canidate 10 1998
5t Clarence Farmer 10 2001
5t Keola Antolin 10 2008
5t Ka’Deem Carey 10 2012
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