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Tate adds to Sports Illustrated covers featuring Arizona Wildcats

Arizona quarterback phenom Khalil Tate is involved with more preseason hype than any Wildcat before him, adding to that this week with Sports Illustrated putting him on the cover with the claim that he is the nation’s best quarterback.

“Big and Bad,” the headline states.

The sub-head: “Hand him the Heisman now.”

Tate is gracing the 24th Sports Illustrated cover featuring Arizona Wildcats athletes.

Thanks to Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles being on three SI covers this year, Tate’s appearance is the fifth for a Wildcat in 2018. Deandre Ayton was on a regional cover heading into the NCAA tournament.

The following slideshow includes all 24 Sports Illustrated covers showcasing Arizona Wildcats athletes:

In reverse chronological order:

August 8, 2018 — Khalil Tate: “Big and Bad — He’s the nation’s best QB. Hand him the Heisman”

March 12, 2018 — Deandre Ayton: “Shining moments — Who’s got next?”

February 15, 2018 — Nick Foles: “Finally Flying”

February 7, 2018 — Foles: “Philly Special”

January 24, 2018 — Foles: “How the Eagles’ backup plan became a Super Bowl blueprint”

June 22, 2015 — Andre Iguodala: “Golden Ticket — How the NBA Finals turned on the matchup between Andre Iguodala and LeBron James”

March 11, 2015 — Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Stanley Johnson and Brandon Ashley: “Arizona Wildcats — Their key: Roar on the boards”

Jan. 12, 2015 — Rob Gronkowski: “Gronked — The Pats’ party boy throttles back (sort of):

Nov. 5, 2014 — Brandon Ashley: “SI’s Final Four — Kentucky, Arizona, Wisconsin and Duke”

Aug. 27, 2014 — Foles: “Where did all the gunslingers go?”

March 20, 2014 — Nick Johnson: “The Madness Begins — Nick Johnson and top-cat Arizona are Final Four bound”

Dec. 10, 2013 — Foles: “And then Nick Foles happened”

Sept. 3, 2012 — Gronkowski: “NFL 2012 — The Full Gronkowski”

Nov. 21, 2005 — Ivan Radenovic, Chris Rodgers, Mohamed Tangara, Hassan Adams, Isaiah Fox, Mustafa Shakur, Kirk Walters and Marcus Williams: “Can anyone stop Duke? Here comes Arizona”

July 11, 2005 — Jennie Finch: “SI throws a party — Jennie Finch will be there”

Jan. 24, 2005 — Tedy Bruschi: “Defense rules the playoffs”

Feb. 5, 2004 — Luke Walton: “Last year’s stud, this year’s scrub. Life in the real world as told by Luke Walton”

Nov. 25, 2002 — Walton and Jason Gardner: “Arizona No. 1 College Hoops”

May 13, 2002 — Trevor Hoffman: “The Secret of San Diego — Why Trevor Hoffman of the Padres is the best closer (ever)”

March 18, 2002 — Walton: “Are you ready? Everybody into the pool”

April 1, 2001 — Loren Woods: “The four keys to the Final Four”

April 7, 1997 — Miles Simon: “Cool Cat — Miles Simon leads Arizona to the NCAA title”

Aug. 29, 1994 — Bruschi, Sean Harris, Jim Hoffman, Tony Bouie and Brandon Sanders: “Rock Solid — Arizona is No. 1”

Oct. 11, 1993 — Chuck Cecil: “Is Chuck Cecil too vicious for the NFL?”

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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