Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey has enjoyed a fine season in leading the Sun Devils a huge improvement in the win column, and ASU head coach Todd Graham knows he has to prepare for the talented running back. Carey is a workhorse for the Wildcats, and the Sun Devils will see plenty of him this week.
Graham was asked about Carey in his Monday press conference, and the coach believes the back will provide a big challenge, according to thesundevils.com:
"He is the number one rusher in the country. I think he is one of the best running backs we’ve played. We have played some pretty good backs, especially in this league, but just as far as the amount of carries he has and what he does. He is as good as there is. He is, no question, the guy you have to stop and it is a tall order to do that. Not many people have even come close. He does a great job, he’s line does a great job and of course his quarterback does a good job."
Carey has rushed for 1,585 yards and 19 touchdowns on 250 carries in 2012. Quarterback Matt Scott has the next-most carries on the team with 96, so Carey will certainly be featured often against Arizona State.
Both teams are bowl eligible and looking to finish over .500 in conference play. Arizona was last year's meeting and has taken three of the last four. Carey was in a much lesser role then, but still rushed the ball 13 times for 92 yards.
ASU's last Territorial Cup win came in 2010.