Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey will miss Friday night’s season opener against FCS opponent Northern Arizona. Mark Yam of the Pac 12 Network reported the late roster news just within hours of kickoff via Twitter. TucsonCitizen.com reports Carey was suspended for what is only being referred to as a violation of team rules for now.
Carey had been tied to charges of domestic violence in December but the two charges from that incident were dropped by the city if Tucson. Carey also had to be removed from an Arizona basketball game during the off-season.
What makes this all so strange, given the timing of the news, is the news breaks just within hours of Arizona’s season opener. To further add to the surprise of it all, Carey was placed first on the team’s depth chart for this week’s first game.
Fortunately for Arizona, the Wildcats should still manage to easily get by FCS Northern Arizona. Carey led the nation in rushing in 2012 with 1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns in 13 games.
The only way Arizona’s top offensive player will play in 13 games this season will be if the Wildcats reach the Pac 12 Championship Game. Possible, but perhaps a stretch.
Daniel Jenkins was listed second on Arizona’s depth chart and should be expected to take the majority of the carries Friday night. Jenkins rushed for 293 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.
In December, it was announced that Daniel Jenkins would be transferring out of the Arizona football program after finishing second among Wildcat running backs in rushing yards last season. In January, the running back took to Twitter to announce that he would be transferring to Washington State to continue his collegiate playing career.
Four months later?
Lt. Frank Drebin, take it away…
Friday night, UA head coach Rich Rodriguez announced that Jenkins had decided to leave Wazzu and transfer back to the Wildcats. No reason was given for Jenkins’ decision to transfer back into the program from which he had left just five months ago.
Jenkins participated in spring practice at WSU and would’ve been eligible to play for the Cougars in 2013 as he had graduated from UA in December. Now, he will be eligible to play for the Wildcats this season as a graduate transfer.
In 2012, Jenkins was third on the team in rushing behind the nation’s leading rusher Ka’Deem Carey (1,929 yards) and quarterback Matt Scott (506) with a career-high 293 yards. As a four-star member of UA’s 2009 recruiting class, Jenkins was rated as the No. 12 all-purpose back in the country by Rivals.com.
Looking to end his collegiate career with the possibility of more playing time, ex-Arizona running back Daniel Jenkins will transfer within the Pac-12.
Via his Twitter account, Jenkins said that he will transfer to Washington State.
Jenkins made his decision last month following an 8-5 season for the Wildcats. With Ka’Deem Carey coming back for (one would assume) one more season, there wouldn’t seem to be much playing time for Jenkins unless Carey was injured or suspended. Because Jenkins has already received his undergraduate degree from UA, he can transfer to another FBS school and play immediately.
Jenkins was third on the team in rushing in 2012 behind Carey and quarterback Matt Scott with 293 yards and two touchdowns.