Tim Hightower gunning for starting job with Cardinals

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FLAGSTAFF -- Tim Hightower came to training camp a year ago hoping to make the Arizona Cardinals roster as a fifth-round pick out of Richmond.

After setting a club record for touchdowns by a rookie running back, Hightower showed up this fall contending for a starting job with the defending NFC champions.

But Hightower is no more secure than last summer because the Cardinals drafted Ohio State star Beanie Wells in the first round last spring.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt expects more from his running game this year.

He and his staff have been impressed with Hightower, who showed up at about 218 pounds, about six pounds lighter than last season.

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