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Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona running back, decides to enter NFL draft

Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey, an All-American who led the nation in rushing in 2012 and was third last year, will forgo his final season of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey, an All-America running back last year and in 2012, will forgo his final season of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

Carey revealed his decision in an announcement issued by the university on Monday, two days ahead of the deadline to make the declaration.

“I’m excited to enter the next phase of my career,” he said.

Carey led the nation in rushing with 1,929 yards as a sophomore. He was third with 1,885 yards last season and was voted Pac-12 offensive player of the year by coaches.

Carey exits Arizona with a school-record 4,332 rushing yards. He gained at least 100 yards in each of his final 16 games, the longest such streak in conference history.

Carey said his “time playing football for Arizona will always be very special to me and I want to thank the fans and the Tucson community for supporting me throughout my career.”

Carey added the Arizona trademark “Bear Down” in his statement.

“Ka’Deem Carey was a great player for us,” Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez said. “We wish him all the best as he pursues his professional career.”

Other players who announced they were leaving school early to enter the draft included Louisiana State running back Jeremy Hill and receiver Jarvis Landry; Stanford guard David Yankey; and Arizona State linebacker-defensive end Carl Bradford.

Jackson to coach Jackson State

JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State hired former NFL receiver Harold Jackson as its coach.

Jackson played for the Seahawks in 1983, the last of his 16 pro seasons. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection.

Jackson, 68, played at Jackson State. He replaces Rick Comegy, who was fired in December. Jackson, who has worked as a college and NFL assistant coach, has a three-year contract worth $260,000 a year.

“I’m not a big speaker — I believe in action,” he said.


• Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner who is entering this year’s draft, confirmed he has signed with LRMR and Maverick Carter — a longtime friend and associate of NBA superstar LeBron James — to handle some off-field projects. Manziel also said Erik Burkhardt will be his agent.

• Notre Dame named Brian VanGorder defensive coordinator and Louisville hired Garrick McGee as offensive coordinator.

Bo Davis is leaving USC to become Alabama’s defensive-line coach, six days after USC hired him to coach its defensive line.

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