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Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin told reporters on Monday that he's unsure if junior QB Khalil Tate (ankle) will play on Saturday against UCLA.

Tate got the start against Utah, but it was blatantly obvious that the junior quarterback wasn't at 100 percent, and ended up exiting in the second quarter of the blowout loss. Sumlin did say he wants clarity on the situation "sooner than later," so we should have an idea on his status by the middle of the week, and also an idea on who the starting quarterback would be if Tate can't go.
Oct 15 - 3:43 PM

Arizona sophomore QB Rhett Rodriguez completed 20-of-38 passes for 226 yards with a touchdown in a 42-10 loss to Utah on Friday.

Rodriguez was the third quarterback to play after Khalil Tate left with an injury and Jamarye Joiner couldn't get the job done, and while it's not saying a lot, he was the best of the three. His touchdown was a 42-yarder to Cedric Peterson that made it 35-10 Utes in the fourth quarter. If Tate can't go next week, Rodriguez might get the start against UCLA next Saturday.
Oct 13 - 1:19 AM

Arizona junior QB Khalil Tate left Friday's game against Utah with what appears to be an ankle injury.

Tate was clearly hobbling, and left to the sideline after taking a hit on an incomplete pass. In his place, freshman Jamarye Joiner has taken over for the signal-caller. We'll be sure and update with more information when we find out Tate's status for the rest of the game.
Oct 12 - 10:57 PM

Arizona senior WR Tony Ellison posted three receptions for a team-high 41 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 24-17 victory against California.

It was Ellison's first foray into the end zone in three games since Sept. 15 against Southern Utah, and his first score against an FBS opponent since the opener on Sept. 1 against BYU. His production has been a bit erratic this season, with just a single 100-yard performance to date. He'll look to keep things going in a positive direction on Friday night at Utah. He had 78 yards and a score on six grabs against the Utes in 2017.
Oct 7 - 2:27 AM

Arizona junior QB Khalil Tate completed 15-of-25 passes for 141 yards, one touchdown and one interception Saturday's 24-17 win against California.

Tate led the Wildcats to a victory, but it was another underwhelming performance as Kevin Sumlin has sucked the excitement out of the quarterback's game. Last season he was running all over, putting up video game-like statistics, wowing the crowd and making #Pac12AfterDark a thing. There were rumblings of a potential offensive shakeup coming against the Bears, but that never seemed to come into fruition. It was another vanilla performance for Tate and the Wildcats. They're back in action Friday at Utah.
Oct 7 - 2:23 AM

Arizona redshirt sophomore TE Jamie Nunley will not play in Saturday's game against Cal due to a left foot injury.

Nunley was spotted on the field with a boot on his left foot as the team was going through pregame warmups. The redshirt sophomore tight end, who did not play in the Wildcats' Sept. 29 loss to USC, has not caught a pass since Arizona's Week 2 loss to Houston, when he was responsible for two receptions and 21 receiving yards.
Oct 6 - 9:03 PM

Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star is "hearing from multiple sources" that Arizona is "contemplating an offensive changeup of sorts vs. Cal."

"Can't disclose what it is as it falls under the umbrella of strategy," he tweeted. "No guarantee it will happen either. But something to keep an eye on tonight." This isn't surprising -- Arizona has lost to all three legitimate opponents it has played this year and struggled mightily on offense while doing so -- but it sure is interesting. Wildcats junior QB Khalil Tate has badly regressed under the tutelage of supposed offensive guru Kevin Sumlin, completing 53.0% of his throws for 1,271 yards and only 69 rushing yards one year after rushing for 1,411 yards and completing 62.0% of his passes. The only positive signs in advance of a potential scheme alteration? Tate has posted a solid 10/3 TD/INT rate and his ypa is similar to last year, 8.53 in 2018 and 8.89 last year. We'll find out later against the Golden Bears whether Sumlin and crew indeed have a trick up their sleeves.
Oct 6 - 2:14 PM

Arizona junior QB Khalil Tate completed 16-of-33 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Saturday's 24-20 loss against USC while rushing 13 times for 38 yards.

After a slow start, Tate is starting to warm up statistically. He has at least two passing scores in each of his past three outings, although he has failed to find the end zone with his legs since Sept. 8 in Houston. HC Kevin Sumlin appears hellbent on making Tate a pocket passer and severely limited the exciting playmaker's ability to do damage with his legs. It's splashed cold water on #Pac12AfterDark, which Tate was the star last season. Tate and the Wildcats will look to regroup next week against California.
Sep 30 - 3:39 AM

Arizona junior QB Khalil Tate completed 9-of-17 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns, while being credited with negative rushing yardage in Saturday's 35-14 win over Oregon State.

One of the more puzzling developments this season is the almost complete lack of any kind of rushing output from Tate. The sophomore signal-caller ended Saturday's game credited with -9 yards rushing, and his season-long tally on the ground through four games is just 32 yards. Remember, Tate ripped it up for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing last year. We'll see if he can get things revved up at home against USC next weekend, but with the way this offense is being run, we're not holding our breaths.
Sep 22 - 7:59 PM

Arizona sophomore RB J.J. Taylor rushed for 284 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in Saturday's 35-14 win over Oregon State.

Taylor (5'6/184) had been trundling along without major impact this season -- he had rushed for exactly 54 yards in each of his last two games -- but made up for the slow start and then some via Saturday's magical performance. Against the Beavers, he opened the game's scoring with a 40-yard touchdown spring just minutes after kickoff. His second touchdown was even more impressive, as he found a seam and bolted through it for a 62-yard score to ice the game with a little over five minutes remaining on the fourth-quarter clock. Taylor will try to build off this showing in a home game against USC next weekend.
Sep 22 - 7:51 PM

Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin told reporters in his Monday press conference that sophomore RB Nathan Tilford hasn't been consistent enough to be in the running back rotation.

"He's just not where those other guys are right now, Sumlin said when asked about Tilford. "Just like anything else, we play guys based on performance in practice and consistency." There were some who expected Tilford to not only be a part of the rotation when the season started, but thought he had a chance to be the lead back. For at least now, that's not the case. J.J. Taylor, Gary Brightwell and Anthony Mariscal will get the carries going forward.
Sep 17 - 3:51 PM

Arizona senior WR Shun Brown rolled up five receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 62-31 victory against Southern Utah.

Brown snagged an 11-yard touchdown with just :23 remaining in the first half to give Arizona a 24-17 lead heading into the break, and he added one of the biggest offensive plays against the Thunderbirds, erupting for a 65-yard scoring play midway through the third quarter. Brown caused more missed tackles than any returning Pac-12 wide receiver, but he got off to a slow start with just 84 yards over the first two games. This was more like it. He'll look to take that confidence into next week's Pac-12 opener in Corvallis against Oregon State.
Sep 16 - 3:31 AM

Arizona senior WR Tony Ellison racked up four receptions for a career-high 111 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 62-31 victory against Southern Utah.

Ellison has been consistent, posting four receptions in each of his first three games. This was the first time he has hit the century mark in receiving yardage during a regular season, as his previous career best came when he racked up 102 yards with two scores in last season's Foster Farms Bowl against Purdue. He'll try to build on the impressive showing in next week's Pac-12 conference opener at Oregon State.
Sep 16 - 3:23 AM

Arizona junior QB Khalil Tate completed 13-of-20 passes for a career-high 349 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions while adding 19 rushing yards in Saturday's 62-31 win against Southern Utah.

It was a much-needed big game for Tate, who has gotten off to a sluggish start in a pair of loss to BYU and Houston. HC Kevin Sumlin said earlier in the week that Tate wasn't quite 100 percent after a left ankle injury suffered in last weekend's loss in Houston but he certainly didn't show any ill effects of the injury in this one. He'll look to carry over the momentum from this offensive display into the conference opener at Oregon State next Saturday.
Source: ESPN
Sep 16 - 3:14 AM

Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin said that sophomore QB Khalil Tate (ankle) is not yet back to full health.

Tate (6'2/215) did take part in Monday's practice, but Sumlin indicated afterward that he's still not past the left ankle injury sustained in Saturday's loss to Houston. The expectation, here, is that the dynamic sophomore will be able to ramp up his efforts as the week progresses. We'll keep tabs on this one over the coming days. Arizona has started out the season 0-2, but should be able to secure their first victory of the campaign when they tango with Southern Utah on Saturday.
Sep 11 - 5:41 PM


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