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Ellington is new top Bird

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Andre Ellington's time has arrived.

The sixth-round pick who burst onto the seen last season as a rookie for the Arizona Cardinals to gain over a combined one thousand yards rushing and receiving has been anointed as the new top running back for the team.

Rashad Mendenhall retired after the end of last season and the team oft-injured cut Ryan Williams before the draft.

Click on the video to hear Bruce Arians tell you exactly how many touches he hopes to give his second-year speedster in 2014.

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– The University of Arizona baseball team was represented by three sophomores on the Pac-12 All-Conference lists, announced Wednesday by the league office.

Outfielder Scott Kingery and shortstop Kevin Newman garnered recognition on the 32-player All-Conference team, while Newman also was one of nine players singled out for the All-Defensive team. Outfielder Zach Gibbons was included as an honorable mention selection to the All-Conference team.

The All-Conference teams are voted on by the league coaches.

A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Kingery turned in a breakout season in leading the Wildcats with a .354 batting average, which was also only 10 points shy of Oregon State's Michael Conforto, who was the conference player of the year and batting champion with a .364 average. Kingery finished second in the conference with a .456 on-base percentage and tied for the league lead with 19 stolen bases. With 16 extra base hits, including 11 doubles and a home run, Kingery was second on the team with a .467 slugging percentage. He lead the club with 41 runs scored and added 26 runs batted in.

For the second-consecutive season, Newman collects All-Conference honors as an outstanding shortstop. The Poway, Calif., native finishes his second season with a .304 batting average, while his 70 base hits were three shy of the top mark for any players in the conference. Newman was second on the team in both runs scored (39) and runs batted in (34), and he was one of only two Wildcats to tally 30 runs scored and 30 RBI on the season. He added 13 stolen bases to finish second on the team behind Kingery and fourth overall in the conference.

A starter in at shortstop in all 110 games of his career, Newman's defensive prowess placed him on the 10-man All-Defensive team. In 30 conference games, Newman committed only two errors for an impressive .983 fielding percentage.

Gibbons, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., received honorable mention recognition. He finished with a .338 overall batting average and tied with teammate Trent Gilbert for the conference lead with 73 total base hits. A starter in 54 of the Wildcats' 55 games, Gibbons scored 29 runs, drove in 25 runs and stole seven bases, while committing only one error. He led the club with an impressive .327 batting average in conference-only games.

Arizona concluded the 2014 season with a 14-1 victory last Sunday against Abilene Christian. The Wildcats finished with a 22-33 overall record, including a 9-21 mark in the Pac-12 Conference.

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