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Arizona Wildcat Ka'Deem Carey on one Heisman watch list

Although he is not a name many casual college football fans are familiar with, Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey is currently college football's leading rusher with 1,585 yards. On Tuesday Carey's big numbers earned him a spot on ESPN.com's Heisman watch list.

Christian Petersen

Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey is having a season to remember in Tucson, and on Tuesday ESPN.com took notice, naming him to their 2012 Heisman Trophy watch list.

In the poll of ESPN's top college football writers, Carey received one fifth-place vote, which tied him for No. 8 on the list, along with Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor and Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch. Traditionally, five players are invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

But whether Carey makes it to New York or not, it has still be a season to remember for the Tucson native. The sophomore has flourished in new head coach Rich Rodriguez's spread attack, and currently leads the nation with 1,585 yards total rushing. Along with quarterback Matt Scott, Carey is one of the biggest reasons why the Wildcats are 7-4 and bowl eligible headed into this weekend's match-up with Arizona State.

And to Carey's credit, he only seems to be getting stronger as the year has worn on.

On the season Carey has rushed for at least 100 yards eight times, with six of them coming in the Wildcats last seven games. In addition,

Also, Carey's two biggest performances have come in the Wildcats two most recent games when he rushed for 366 yards against Colorado on November 10, and 204 yards in a victory over Utah last Saturday.