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Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey's 2012 campaign can be summed up simply as a season that was wildly successful, yet largely unnoticed by many outside of the Pac-12.
For instance, not everyone would know that in 2012, Carey led the entire FBS with 1,929 rushing yards.
Furthermore, his 303 yards receiving also made his 2,232 total yards from scrimmage the most in college football last season and 15th most of all time, according to sports-reference.com.
Numbers like these are hard to ignore, yet not everyone has been so quick to jump on this playmaker's bandwagon.
Part of this could be the fact that Carey plays in a Rich Rodriquez system that exploits defenses by executing a fast-tempo, no-huddle offense.
Because of this, Carey's stats are likely somewhat overinflated as he saw more than his fair share of gaping holes and lanes to run through in 2012.
Nonetheless, what makes scouts and people like me question his NFL potential isn't just about his seamlessly perfect fit in Rich Rod's offense; but rather, his lack of maturity and propensity to remain healthy due to an upright running style that is further compounded by his frail lower body.
In 2013, scouts not only want to see if Carey has added thickness to withstand the repeated punishment and blows. But also if he has grown and matured after a string of off-field instances has his character and reputation in question.
According to an article earlier this year by Yahoo Sports' Kyle Ringo, Carey told a police officer to "Get the (expletive) out of my face," after being questioned about his and his cousin's tickets to a Wildcats basketball game.
And, if that wasn't bad enough, he also went a step further by adding, "Do you know who I am? I'm an All-American," according to the aforementioned article.
This, coupled with a rash of other off-the-field incidents (including disorderly conduct with his pregnant ex-girlfriend and driving without proof of insurance) has more than one person questioning his lack of maturity and sense of entitlement.
In order to expel these notions moving forward, Carey must now put in the extra work to prove to teams and scouts that he has grown both on and off the field since 2012.
Nevertheless, until that time comes when he can show that he is more than a straight-line runner with added character concerns, Carey should remain a player whose question marks far outweigh his perceived talent and ability as a potential first-round prospect.