You don't rush for 4,239 yards at the college level without being an extraordinary athlete.
Ka'Deem Carey put himself on many collegiate coaches' radars with a highlight reel front flip in a high school game when he was just 14-years-old.
Carey's flip helped him land a scholarship to the University of Arizona. A four-star Rivals recruit out of Canyon Del Oro high school in Oro Valley, Arizona, Carey burst onto the scene nationally during his sophomore year with the Wildcats where he rushed for 1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns. He followed that up with 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior, and a Top 10 finish in the Heisman Trophy running in 2013.
It took just three seasons for Carey to break the Arizona Wildcats' all-time rushing yards record, previously set by Trung Canidate in 1999. For Carey's sake, hopefully he has a longer career than Canidate, who was a first-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2000, but lasted just three years in the NFL.
Despite the accolades -- Consensus All-American (2012, 2013), First-team All-Pac-12 (2012, 2013), Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year (2013) -- at Arizona, Carey saw his draft stock plummet due to off-the-field issues, and the fact that NFL teams no longer value using an early-round selection on a running back. Carey's draft slide ended when the Bears stanched him up with pick No. 117 in the fourth-round.
“I mean, because it’s in the past,” Carey said in a conference call after being drafted by the Bears. “It’s something you just have to learn from and go through it. You don’t go through it, you won’t learn from the experience, and allowing me to come in and grow as a young man and put it behind you and don’t make the same mistakes. I feel like we’ll be OK. I’m given a second chance with the Chicago Bears, and I’m excited.”
Carey will go into training camp as the favorite to unseat Michael Ford as the Bears No. 2 running back behind Pro Bowler Matt Forte.