Arizona Wildcats running back Ka’Deem Carey is a true freshman. He’s 18. If he doesn’t know the school history of the jersey number he’s wearing, well, that’s mostly understandable.
Carey is wearing No. 25, his number from his days at Canyon del Oro High School … and those digits have a history of greatness at Arizona, especially when it comes to local running backs.
Remember Vance Johnson?
That’s Carey’s uncle, but he said didn’t know Johnson wore No. 25. Johnson, a Cholla High graduate, was a running back with the Wildcats before starring as a receiver as part of the Denver Broncos’ “Three Amigos” receiving corps.
Another No. 25 running back at Arizona: Pueblo High grad David Eldridge, part of the UA’s “Back Attack” of the late 1980s. He ran for 205 yards against UCLA in 1989 and earned second-team all-conference honors that season.