Arizona Wildcats running back Ka’Deem Carey finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting, announced Saturday night.
You could have made the case that Carey deserved to be among the six players invited to the ceremony in New York City, but the balloting did mark the first time an Arizona player finished among the top 10.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the award, marking the second consecutive season the trophy went to a redshirt freshman.
Carey is trying to repeat as a consensus All-American.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was second, followed by Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Boston College running back Andre Williams, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (the 2012 winner) and Auburn running back Tre Mason.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was seventh, followed by Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and then Carey.
Carey received two first-place votes among the 900 ballots cast. He was one of 15 players to receive a vote for No. 1.
The Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year usually fares better than Carey did. Since 2000, the league’s top offensive player has finished in the top six in 10 of 13 seasons. The exceptions were Washington’s Marquess Tuiasosopo in 2000 (eighth), Cal’s Marshawn Lynch in 2006 (not in top 10) and Oregon State’s Jacquizz Rodgers in 2008 (not in top 10).
Carey and Williams will meet in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 31.
Still feel that the @HeismanTrophy voters were incredibly lazy this year not including Ka'Deem Carey or Marcus Mariota in the top 6
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) December 15, 2013
Only 2 bowl games will have 2 top-10 Heisman finalists — National Championship Game and — wait for it — the @AdvoCareV100Bwl.
— Scott Ferrell (@ScottFerrell) December 15, 2013