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Khalil at a krossroads

TUCSON – Saturday night was not a great night for Arizona Wildcats quarterback Khalil Tate.

He followed the best passing night of his career at Colorado with the worst passing night he’s had in almost eight games dating back to last season.

Tate finished the 51-27 loss to Washington with a 119 passer rating.

He season passer rating is 153 and the expectation I’ve set for him is 150 so the 119 was a significant drop off for the senior.

It was his lowest in a game in which he had 15 or more passes dating back to UA’s home win last season over California (112.6).

He already has six interceptions through five games after only throwing eight last season.

Khalil Tate’s 119 passer rating in the Wildcats loss to Washington was his lowest in eight games as UA’s starting quarterback (Photo courtesy: John Batbie)


Here were my season projections for Khalil in several categories. The first number is my projection and the second number is what he’s on course to hit:

  • (3,500) Passing yards (3,053)
  • (1,500) Rushing yards (559)
  • (25) Touchdown passes (24)
  • (10) Interceptions (14)
  • (55%) Completion percentage (65)
  • (150) Quarterback rating (153)
  • (7) 300-yard passing games (5)

Once again his rushing numbers are low for what a dual-threat quarterback needs to be, not necessarily successful, but elite. We’re talking Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray, NFL-level numbers.

There are two strong tests ahead in USC and Stanford and how Tate performs could set the trajectory of the remainder of the Wildcats season.

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David Kelly

David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.

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