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After putting together back-to-back sensational seasons, Carey is leaving Arizona after his junior year and will likely be one of the top running backs selected, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be a first-round pick. The two-time All-American led the nation in rushing in 2012 with 1,929 yards and was third this past season with 1,885, running for 42 touchdowns over those two years. He owns or shares 26 Arizona single-game, season and career records. Carey is a punishing runner who welcomes contact and is tough to bring down. Although he is a physical back, he is also quite shifty. He can stutter step past would-be tacklers and uses his excellent vision to find cutback lanes. He hits holes quickly, but isn't the fastest back and can be caught from behind. His time of 4.70 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine ranked 25th of the 33 running backs who ran. However, he did have the sixth-best time among running backs in the 20-yard shuttle. A workhorse, Carey led the nation in 2013 with an average of 29.1 carries per game. It's that kind of wear-and-tear, however, along with a relentless running style that has some NFL teams concerned. He's managed to avoid injury, but with 714 touches over the past two seasons, his body has been exposed to plenty of hits. Some teams have also questioned Carey's character after he was suspended for the 2013 season opener for off-field problems. Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez called Carey "a good guy who made a couple of bad decisions." He is still considered a top-tier running back, but in the pass-happy NFL, he is projected to be an early second-round pick. The 2013 draft was the first time since 1963 a running back wasn't selected in the first round.