One of the most exciting players in college football won't be on the field tonight.
According to multiple reports, when the Arizona Wildcats take the field in a few hours, they will have to do so without star quarterback Khalil Tate.
Jason Scheer of 247Sports revealed Tate is dealing with a hamstring injury. Rather than trot him on the field at less than full strength, the team made the decision to bench the electric quarterback.
Here's more from the report:
Tate hurt his hamstring in the matchup against Texas Tech and it has not responded well to treatment.
Although it is possible Tate could play, he would have been severely limited. The coaching staff and Tate came to the decision to sit him in order to make sure he is completely healthy.
In Tate's absence, true freshman Grant Gunnell will be the likely starting quarterback for the Wildcats.
Gunnell's only action this season came against Northern Arizona, but he played well. He connected on 9-of-11 passing for 151 yards and three touchdowns on the night.
Gunnell can make up for some of Tate's absence, but he's also the leading rusher on the team. Running back Gary Brightwell will need to step up tonight.