Information from the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report.
A lot of offense is expected tonight when Arizona hosts Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m. with the over-under in Las Vegas at 77 points.
Because of that, it’s safe to say Arizona’s offensive leaders, quarterback Khalil Tate and running back J.J. Taylor, will be racking up some yards. Here are this week’s record-chasers for the Wildcats:
Taylor has 2,711 career rushing yards, which ranks ninth all-time at Arizona. Taylor needs 246 yards to pass Nic Grigsby for No. 8. Taylor’s 463 career carries are the fewest of any player in the top 10.
Senior quarterback Khalil Tate has rushed for 1,981 yards. Another 19 yards would make him the 17th player in program history to run for 2,000 yards. With 42 more yards, he would pass Eddie Wolgast for 16th all-time at Arizona in rushing yards.
Arizona Career Rushing Leaders
Tate has passed for 4,863 yards in his career, which ranks 12th in program history. He’ll need another 227 yards to break into the Top 10.
Arizona Career Passing Yards Leaders
Tate has passed for 48 touchdowns in his career, which ranks fourth all-time. With one more, Tate would tie Anu Solomon for third all-time. Nick Foles and Willie Tuitama share the record with 67 touchdown passes.
Arizona Career Passing Touchdown Leaders
|1. (tie)||67||Nick Foles||2009-11|
|1. (tie)||67||Willie Tuitama||2005-08|
|8. (tie)||42||Keith Smith||1996-99|
|8. (tie)||42||Ortege Jenkins||1997-2000|
Tate has racked up 6,844 yards of total offense in his career, which currently ranks No. 6 in school history. With 205 more total offense yards, Tate would move up to No. 5, passing Keith Smith.
Arizona Career Total Offense Leaders
Arizona senior cornerback Jace Whittaker, who utilized his redshirt season last year, is tied for ninth in career passes broken up with 28. He’s currently tied with Trevin Wade and Randy Robbins and is one away from reaching Brandon Sanders’ mark of 29. Whittaker had a pair of interceptions in the opener against Hawai’i and another last week against NAU. He has seven career interceptions.
Arizona Career Passes Broken-Up Leaders
|4. (tie)||32||Antoine Cason||CB||2004-07|
|4. (tie)||32||Devin Ross||CB||2006-09|
|7. (tie)||30||Shaquille Richardson||CB||2010-13|
|7. (tie)||30||Lynnden Brown||S||1981-84|
|10. (tie)||28||Trevin Wade||CB||2008-11|
|10. (tie)||28||Randy Robbins||CB||1980-83|
Arizona junior linebacker Colin Schooler enters tonight’s game with 35.5 tackles-for-loss in just 27 games. With five more, he’ll reach the Arizona top 10 and tie Chris Singleton.
Arizona Career Tackles-For-Loss Leaders
|2. (tie)||49.0||Dana Wells||DT||1985-88|
|2. (tie)||49.0||Joe Tafoya||DE||1997-00|
|7. (tie)||42.0||Scooby Wright III||LB||2013-15|
|7. (tie)||42.0||Mike Dawson||DT||1972-75|
|10. (tie)||40.5||Colin Schooler||LB||2017-19|
|10. (tie)||40.5||Chris Singleton||LB||1986-89|
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com 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 CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, 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.