Information from the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report.
Khalil Tate is shaping up as one of the best all-around quarterbacks not only at Arizona but also the Pac-12.
The 5,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing in his career makes him only the second quarterback in conference history to reach the 5,000/2,000 mark, joining Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.
— Michael Lev (@MichaelJLev) September 26, 2019
To many Arizona fans, the most important mark is victories. In games Tate has started in his career, the Wildcats are 12-12 overall and 9-8 in Pac-12 games. Will Tate break free on the field and from being a .500 quarterback as this season progresses?
J.J. Taylor — essential to Tate’s success as a passer — has 2,750 career rushing yards, which ranks ninth all-time at Arizona. Taylor needs 208 yards to pass Nic Grigsby for No. 8. Taylor’s 474 career carries are the fewest of any player in the top 10.
Tate has rushed for 2,110 yards. With another 279 yards he would pass Jim Upchurch for 13th all-time at Arizona in rushing yards. He already is the top rushing quarterback in school history and is 128 yards away from breaking Mariota’s mark as the top rushing quarterback in the Pac-12. Mariota had 2,237 yards rushing in his three-year career at Oregon (41 career starts).
Arizona Career Rushing Leaders
Tate has passed for 5,048 yards in his career, which ranks 11th in program history. He’ll need another 42 yards to break into the Top 10. Legendary quarterback Bruce Hill, who played for Jim Young, is No. 10 with 5,090 yards.
Arizona Career Passing Yards Leaders
Tate has passed for 49 touchdowns in his career, which ranks him tied third all-time with Anu Solomon . 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 7,158 yards of total offense in his career, which currently ranks No. 5 in school history. With 178 more total offense yards, Tate would move up to No. 4, passing Tom Tunnicliffe.
Arizona Career Total Offense Leaders
Arizona senior cornerback Jace Whittaker, who utilized his redshirt season last year, is sixth in career passes broken up with 31. He’s currently one behind Devin Ross and Antoine Cason, who are tied for fourth. Kelly Malveaux is third all-time with 35 PBUs. Whittaker had a pair of interceptions in the opener against Hawai’i and then another against NAU. He has seven picks for his career.
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 UCLA with 37 tackles-for-loss in just 28 games. With 3.5 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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