Khalil Tate began the year as one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy. Arizona football’s season has bounced back after a very slow start, but Tate never put up the same crazy numbers that he did when he took over the job last season.
Tate has 2,530 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions after today’s rough 41-40 Territorial Cup loss to Arizona State.
After being one of the most dangerous open field runners at the quarterback position last season, he was very limited in that regard this season. He hasn’t rushed for more than 46 yards, and hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown since the second week of the season.
Last year, Tate made some noise when the rumors were that Arizona might target Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo. He had issues with the idea of running the option.
Now, he won’t commit to a return to play one more year for Kevin Sumlin either.
After Arizona football fell to 5-7 with the loss, Khalil Tate would not reveal his plans for next season.
It’s unclear how much of an NFL prospect he might be, or if he might look into a transfer. Either way, his response was pretty telling.
From Rivals’ Matt Moreno:
Khalil Tate says “next question” in response to being asked if he will be part of Arizona’s plans next season
— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) November 25, 2018
Tate was 21-for-39 for 282 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in today’s loss. Arizona will not be bowling this season, while Arizona State advanced to 7-5.