The questions will last from now until spring practice in about five months:
Will Khalil Tate return for his senior season?
I asked Khalil Tate whether he expected to be part of the Arizona football program next year.
— Michael Lev (@MichaelJLev) November 25, 2018
Will freshman quarterback sensation Grant Gunnell get a fair shake to compete for a role with or without Tate?
— Grant Gunnell (@grantgunnell7) November 25, 2018
Will Marcel Yates be back as defensive coordinator? Arizona was ranked No. 96 in total defense entering the game, allowing 434.8 yards a game. The Wildcats played well defensively against ASU for three quarters but could not withstand the Sun Devils in the fourth quarter. ASU had seven of its 20 first downs in the fourth quarter.
How does Marcel Yates recover from this?
— Jason Scheer (@JasonScheer) November 25, 2018
Will Arizona’s recruiting effort be one of Kevin Sumlin’s high standards?
JUCO defensive tackle Myles Tapusoa, who is currently on an official visit to Arizona and watching today’s Territorial Cup Game https://t.co/SYzf1fVVcJ
— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) November 24, 2018
Those are longstanding questions. The questions over Arizona’s execution, or lack thereof, in the fourth quarter in today’s 41-40 loss to ASU do not have the same magnitude. They may linger, gnawing at Sumlin, his staff and returning players (whoever that might include):
Why the early two-point conversion attempts, both of which failed and came back to haunt Arizona?
Kevin Sumlin on why he went for the 2-point conversions: pic.twitter.com/s8W55XkSrc
— The Wildcaster (@TheWildcaster) November 25, 2018
Why the conservative play (including a prevent defense) after taking a 40-21 lead?
Kevin Sumlin must have called Kirk Ferentz before Arizona had the ball. Way too conservative.
— Ari Alexander (@AriA1exander) November 24, 2018
How tough was it for two fumbles by ASU to be recovered by the Sun Devils deep in their territory when the Wildcats failed to pounce on them? The Sun Devils managed to get two turnovers on Arizona’s side of the field in the fourth quarter that led to 10 points.
“Hard to have a worst first season than I had”- Willie Taggart
“Hold my beer”- Kevin Sumlin
— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) November 25, 2018
Sumlin walked slowly side-by-side with Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke down the hallway at the Lowell-Stevens building following the post game press conference. Heeke listened to Sumlin talk about the game instead of the other way around. Make no mistake, Sumlin has control of this program. Heeke will not (and should not) get in his way.
What does that mean in 2019 and beyond?
That’s another important question.
This one hurts, you can see it.
Colin Schooler the only player who feels like answering questions. pic.twitter.com/RKyFMzJyNc
— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) November 25, 2018