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Tucson, AZ -

Yes, Ka'Deem Carey is arguably the most complete running back in the nation, but he would not have his gaudy statistics without some horses up front leading the charge.

Carey has reaped the benefits of an experienced offensive line that has included tackles Mickey Baucus (33 career starts) and Fabbians Ebbele (32 starts), along with versatile guard Chris Putton (26 starts) for nearly all of his 3,426 career rushing yards.

This year, junior college transfer Steven Gurrola has steadily stepped in to start eight games at center, while sophomores Cayman Bundage (9 starts) and Lene Maiava (2 starts) have also been a part of the rotation the last two seasons.

Added up, it's 110 career starts for Arizona's offensive linemen, and that continuity is a big reason why Arizona is No. 12 nationally with 275.4 rushing yards per game.

But not all is peaches and cream with the offensive line. The Wildcats at times this season have failed to sustain blocks and win in key short yardage situations.

It's an area that head coach Rich Rodriguez this season has called uneven and he continues to be concerned with the units technique eight games into the regular season.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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