Arizona true freshman Khalil Tate became the fifth true freshman starting quarterback for the Wildcats in their Pac-10/12 existence (since 1978) in their game at Arizona Stadium against USC this afternoon.
Tate was rated the No. 4 dual threat quarterback prospect in the nation by Rivals.com last season at Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra. His opportunity to start against USC came about with Anu Solomon out with what appears to be a season-long knee injury (he has not played since the season-opener against BYU) and Brandon Dawkins suffering a concussion last week at Utah.
The other true freshmen to start Arizona since 1978 include Tom Tunnicliffe (1980), Ronald Veal (1987), Kris Heavner (2003) and Willie Tuitama (2005).
Entering the game against USC, Tate completed 10 of 17 pass attempts for 177 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 112 yards on 25 carries without reaching the end zone.
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