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Arizona inducts three into Ring of Honor

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Athletics has added three Wildcats to the Arizona Stadium Ring of Honor, the department announced on Saturday. Trung Canidate, Brandon Manumaleuna and Keith Smith have joined the illustrious group of football standouts to be recognized on the press box facade. With this trio’s addition, the football Ring of Honor now includes 47 total Wildcats. To view a complete list of Ring of Honor recognitions, along with the criteria for inclusion, click HERE.

A two-time All-America running back and four-year letterman (1996-99), Canidate finished his time in Tucson as the Arizona career leader in rushing yards, single-season rushing yards and longest run. Because he held each of these records for at least five years, Canidate qualified for recognition in the Ring of Honor. The Phoenix native posted 3,824 rushing yards and 25 TDs on 604 carries during his four years. The 3,824 yards set the school rushing record, a mark Canidate held from 1999-2013, when Ka’Deem Carey took over the top spot. Canidate produced a special season as a senior, when he racked up 1,602 rushing yards to break Art Luppino’s 45-year-old, single-season record. He now sits third on the single-season list behind Carey. The two-time All-Pac 10 first teamer also set the Arizona record for longest run in 1997, when he scampered 96 yards for a TD against San Diego St. He broke the 37-year-old mark established by Bobby Thompson in 1960 and still sits atop that list.

A four-year letterman (1997-2000), Manumaleuna parlayed his time as a Wildcat into a 10-year NFL career. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams and went on to play for the Rams (2001-05), the San Diego Chargers (2006-09), and the Chicago Bears (2010). During his career, Manumaleuna caught 115 passes for 1,0008 yards and 13 TDs and was on St. Louis’ roster, along with Canidate, for the 2002 Super Bowl. Manumaleuna earned his recognition in the Ring of Honor for playing at least a decade in a U.S. professional league. At Arizona, Manumaleuna started on the defensive line before switching to tight end. A second-team All-Pac 10 performer as a junior, he caught 40 passes for 571 yards and three TDs during his career.

A two-time All-Pac 10 honoree and four-year letterman (1996-99) at quarterback, Smith tallied 5,972 passing yards and 42 TDs during his career. His 59.8 career completion percentage (434-of-726) was a school record that lasted until Willie Tuitama surpassed it in 2008. Smith also set Arizona’s single-season completion percentage record during his junior season in 1998 (68.5, 113-of-165). That mark stood until Nick Foles produced a 69.1 percentage during the 2011 season. Combining his rushing and passing numbers, Smith posted 7,049 total yards on 1,021 attempts. His 6.9 yards per play remains an Arizona record, and his 7.36 yards per play during the 1999 season are the most for any Wildcat who gained at least 2,000 yards in a season. Because he held each of these records for at least five years, Smith qualified for recognition in the Ring of Honor.

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