Christopher Smith

Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey Gone As Expected

Created on Jan. 13, 2014 9:04 PM EST

NFL general managers in need of a skill-position player have to be drooling right now.

Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey added his name to the list of dozens of highly-regarded running backs, receivers and tight ends expected to make themselves eligible for the 2014 NFL draft, leaving at least a season of college eligibility on the table.

Carey has been the most productive running back in college football during the last two seasons combined, churning to 4,290 yards of total offense and 44 touchdowns. A Doak Walker Award finalist, he topped 100 yards in every game he played last season, but missed the opener due to a suspension.

At 5-foot-10, 196 pounds, Carey proved durable and didn't have a bad game to speak of. (His lowest per-carry average came in a 42-16 upset of Oregon. He ran for 206 yards and four touchdowns.) First-round running backs are as prevalent as honest as presidential candidates, but Carey has a chance.

The Wildcats took a step forward in 2013, winning eight games, but Rich Rodriguez must contend with the loss of Carey and quarterback B.J. Denker, who has used all his eligibility.

The announcement was a mere formality, as no one expected Carey back in Tucson, Ariz. Denker was the team's second-leading rusher, and Jared Baker (27 carries, 127 yards) will miss spring practice due to a torn ACL. But Rodriguez' offensive track record and a plethora of receiving talent may make replacing five defensive starters a bigger concern.

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