Arizona football: Ka'Deem Carey earns Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week

Ka'Deem Carey had a school-record 40 carries against the Utah Utes Saturday. - Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

A school-record 40 carries and 236 rushing yards gave the junior running back the honor of Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week

After rushing for 236 yards on a school-record 40 carries against the Utah Utes, Arizona Wildcats RB Ka'Deem Carey was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.

"Congratulations to him," said head coach Rich Rodriguez.

Carey is the third Wildcat to earn a Pac-12 POW nod this year.  Tra'Mayne Bondurant was defensive player of the week after picking off two passes against NAU, and Jake Smith was special teams POW after a huge game against UNLV.

Joining Carey this week was Stanford safety Jordan Richards and Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez.

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Ka'Deem Carey also won the Arizona coaches' offensive POW...no surprise there.  He now leads the nation in rushing yards per game, and is near the top of a few other categories.

"Oh, he does? That's nice, good for him," RichRod joked at Monday's press conference when he learned about Carey leading the nation in rushing YPG.  "He'll get a pat on the back."

"Congratulations to coach (Mike) Stoops and his staff for recruiting him right here out of CDO."

The defensive players of the week were Sione Tuihalamaka and Reggie Gilbert.  Tuihalamaka had eight total tackles against Utah (4 solo), including 1.5 TFL.  Gilbert had four tackles (3 solo), 2 TFL, and a sack.

The Arizona special teams POW was Terris Jones-Grigsby, who picked up three solo tackles, four total.  He was also a nominee for Pac-12 POW.

And finally, the Hard Edge Player of the Week was Tellas Jones, who had two tackles of his own on special teams, and filled in on defense after Tra'Mayne Bondurant left early in the game after suffering a concussion.

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