Arizona Wildcats running back Ka’Deem Carey has been selected a USA Today Sports first-team All-American, likely the first of such honors for the junior in the postseason.
Carey was a consensus All-American last season, when he was chosen first-team by three of the five selectors officially recognized by the NCAA. They are the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sporting News, the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America.
None of those teams have been released yet. Those All-American squads, and others from notable publications and websites, will be coming in the next couple of weeks.
Carey’s main competition for first-team honors is expected to come from Boston College’s Andre Williams and Auburn’s Tre Mason.
Carey has rushed 322 times for 1,716 yards and 17 touchdowns, gaining at least 119 yards in every game. His average of 156.0 yards per game is second nationally to Williams’ mark of 175.2.
Among the official All-America teams last season, Carey was first-team as chosen by Walter Camp, Sporting News and the AP.
He was the fourth consensus All-American to play for Rich Rodriguez, who coached three consensus All-Americans while at West Virginia: Linebacker Grant Wiley (2003), running back Steve Slaton (2006) and center Dan Mozes (2006).