Arizona Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey is preparing for what potentially is his last football game in his hometown when his team faces Oregon on Saturday at Arizona Stadium.
His lofty status nationally, after leading the FBS in rushing last year, begs the question: Where does he rank among the pantheon of Arizona Wildcats greats? The university lists 25 national player of the year honorees. Carey has a few opportunities to become No. 26 and join the likes of Sean Elliott, Terry Francona and Annika Sorenstam.
The Arizona Wildcats' #TeamKaDeem campaign boasts Carey as a Heisman candidate. He is a semifinalist for the Maxwell, Doak Walker and Walter Camp awards.
He will likely play on Sundays next year.
NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang told TucsonCitizen.com this week that the Arizona Wildcats junior from Tucson's Canyon del Oro High School is a potential late first-round pick come April.
Carey is only 117 yards from Trung Canidate's Arizona Wildcats career rushing record of 3,824 yards and three rushing touchdowns from Art Luppino's school record of 44 heading into Saturday's game with Oregon.
Carey can break both records against the Ducks, but if he doesn't, the Arizona Wildcats powerful tailback has at least one more game at Arizona State on Nov. 30 to achieve the feats.
His legendary status in Tucson is established, especially with his upbringing in the city.
The following is a ranking of where Carey will belong among the elite Arizona Wildcats in history as his career unfolds. The ranking uses the school's list of national award winners as the field. It is based on the athlete's accomplishments at Arizona and how the person impacted his or her sport at the next level.
Carey's ranking is based on if he competes in NFL as he has shown at Arizona. Popularity of the athlete is also part of the equation. With Carey a homegrown talent, his name is right up there.