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Updated Dec 6, 2012 - 1:16 pm

Ka'Deem Carey named Sporting News All-American

Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey (25) breaks a tackle by Utah defensive back Brian Blechen (4) in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The University of Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey has been named a first team All-American by The Sporting News.

Carey ended a sensational year with 1,757 total rushing yards and 20 touchdowns to go along with a nation-leading 146.4 rushing yards per game.

The numbers vaulted Carey to the top of several Wildcat rushing marks, including total rushing in a single season, which was originally set by Trung Candidate who ran for 1,602 yards in 1999.

The sophomore running back also set the single-game Pac-12 rushing record with 366 yards in Arizona's win over Colorado. Carey followed it up with 204 rushing yards against Utah, making him the first Wildcat to record back-to-back 200-yard rushing games.

The Sporting News is one of five All-America teams officially recognized by the NCAA in determining their consensus All-Americans.

The other four are The Associated Press, The Football Writers Association of America, the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the American Football Coaches Association, which is the only one who has released their selected teams, but did not include Carey on its list of honorees. Instead, they elected to give Wisconsin's Montee Ball and Oregon's Kenjon Barner the nod.

Carey was also selected to CBSSports.com and Athlon All-American teams on Wednesday along with being named first-team All-Pac-12.

Carey and his Wildcats are scheduled to face the University of Nevada in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on December 15 at University Stadium in Albuquerque.

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