Report: Assault charges against Ka’Deem Carey dropped

Arizona Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey (25) celebrates with his girlfriend following the game against the Nevada Wolf Pack in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Arizona defeated Nevada 49-48. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Arizona Wildcats running back Ka’Deem Carey (25) celebrates with his girlfriend following the game against the Nevada Wolf Pack in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Arizona defeated Nevada 49-48. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

All charges stemming from a December incident involving the nation’s leading rusher in 2012-13, Ka’Deem Carey, have been dropped. Carey had been facing charges of disorderly conduct and misdemeanor assault charges after he allegedly tried to pry his way into his ex’s home but was denied entrance.

The Tucson City Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement Friday saying it was dismissing all charges against Carey (via Detroit Free-Press) .

The statement said that “a key witness for the prosecution is unavailable and even if the witness were available, there is no substantial likelihood that a judge would convict Mr. Carey.”

Carey was the key component in what became a dangerous offense under first-year coach Rich Rodriguez. Most fans believe Rodriguez is all about high-powered passing, but the reality is he was able to maximize the talent he had on a roster he inherited. With experienced and talented quarterback Matt Scott having graduated, Rich Rod will presumably be leaning even more heavily upon Carey than he did when the back was a sophomore.

A year ago, Carey led the nation in yards rushing with 1,929 and set a school record with 23 touchdowns. He very nearly became the 16th rusher in college football history to tally 2,000 yards.

Now he will be able to enter his junior season without the dark cloud of legal troubles hanging over his head.

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