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Updated Nov 19, 2012 - 4:47 pm

Graham on UA's Carey: ‘He is pretty special'

Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey (25) carries the ball during the first quarter of an NCAA college football against Utah, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

In his past two games, Arizona Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey's 570 yards on the ground is more than two FBS teams (Washington State and Tulane) have on the entire season.

The Canyon del Oro High School alum has gotten hot just in time for the team's annual battle with Arizona State for the Territorial Cup.

Sun Devil head coach Todd Graham joined Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo and talked about why he considers Carey to be the best back in the Pac-12,maybe the nation.

"Probably down for down, not faster than the guys at Oregon, but you can't say there is anybody else in this country or this league that is a better running back than him," Graham said. "I think he is right up there."

Carey leads the nation in rushing with 1,585 yards and is fourth in touchdowns with 19.

Graham feels that Carey is more than just a talented runner. He also described the sophomore running back as a "tremendous blocker" and a "great receiver out of the backfield."

"I'm not sure that he is not the best back if you just look at the all-around, how he dominates the teams that he plays," Graham said. He is the leading rusher in the nation, so obviously he is pretty special."

The Wildcats and the Devils square off in the 85th annual battle for the Territorial Cup Friday at 8 p.m.

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