Why the Wildcats have a great signal-caller
The Pac-12 is known for high-scoring offenses and standout quarterback play. That’s the case once again in 2019, as the conference features Arizona's Khalil Tate.
In fact, the signal-caller comes in at No. 4 in Athlon Sports' Pac-12 Quarterback Rankings.
Here's why: After a breakout season in 2017 (3,002 total yards), Tate seemed poised to push for a spot among college football’s top quarterbacks last fall. After all, new coach Kevin Sumlin had no trouble producing high-powered offenses at Texas A&M, so the transition from Rich Rodriguez to the new scheme wasn’t projected to be much of an issue. However, Tate got off to a slow start with just 211 total yards versus BYU in the opener and suffered an ankle injury in Week 2 that seemed to hinder his rushing ability for the remainder of the year. Despite the ailment, Tate still ended the season with 2,754 total yards and 28 overall scores. With the ankle injury fully healed, look for Tate to rebound with his best all-around season in Tucson.
How's the rest of the Pac-12 looking? Check out our entire Pac-12 Quarterback Rankings for the season ahead.