Arizona Wildcats football: On Carey being named a Maxwell Award semifinalist and more

2013-10-29T09:00:00Z Arizona Wildcats football: On Carey being named a Maxwell Award semifinalist and moreDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 29, 2013 9:00 am  • 

Ka'Deem Carey is one of the 16 best players in college football. 

At least that's what the Maxwell Football Club believes. The 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award were announced this morning and Carey was one of five Pac-12 players on the list and one of four running backs included. The award is given to the collegiate player of the year. 

The three finalists for the award will be revealed on Nov. 25 and the winner will be announced on Dec. 12 as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN. 

Carey currently leads the nation in rushing yards per game with 153.3 and has 10 rushing touchdowns on the season. The running back is the active FBS leader with 10 straight 100-yard rushing games and has 42 career touchdowns to his credit. 

The full list of candidates are:

Tajh Boyd, quarterback, Clemson

Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback, Louisville

Ka'Deem Carey, running back, Arizona

Derek Carr, quarterback, Fresno State

Brandin Cooks, wide receiver, Oregon State

Mike Evans, wide receiver, Texas A&M

Melvin Gordon, running back, Wisconsin

Sean Mannion, quarterback, Oregon State

Johnny Manziel, quarterback, Texas A&M

Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Oregon

A.J. McCarron, quarterback, Alabama

Aaron Murray, quarterback, Georgia

Bryce Petty, quarterback, Baylor

Bishop Sankey, running back, Washington

Lache Seastrunk, running back, Baylor

Jameis Winston, quarterback, Florida State

Carey and Arizona next play on Saturday at Cal. Kickoff is 12:30 p.m.


Some links of interest to pass along this morning:

• First, we wrote about Arizona having the chance to become bowl eligible this week with a victory at 1-7 Cal on Saturday. It's certainly not the end game for Rich Rodriguez's team, but would be a nice accomplishment this early in the season.

• Greg Hansen writes today that B.J. Denker's development and improvement has the UA thinking big down the stretch. 

ESPN's latest bowl projections are out. Mark Schlabach has Arizona ticketed for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and Brad Edwards, the BCS guru, has Arizona headed to the New Mexico Bowl again, which doesn't seem like a good possibility. 

Arizona is No. 8 in the ESPN Pac-12 blog's latest power rankings, ahead of Washington State, Utah, Colorado and Cal. The blog mentions that Arizona is "operating under the radar." 

• Athlon Sports, in its latest bowl projections, is thinking Arizona is headed to the Las Vegas Bowl to play Boise State. 

• Like the ESPN Pac-12 blog, Athlon also has Arizona at No. 8 in the Pac-12 power rankings. 

• One final look at bowl projections: The Sporting News agrees with Schlabach and has Arizona heading to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco to play BYU. 

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About this blog

Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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