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Arizona Wildcats Record-Chasers: Approaching Milestones in Game Against UCLA

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.

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.

J.J. Taylor is coming of a 102-yard rushing performance against NAU (Arizona Athletics photo)

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

1.4,239 Ka'Deem Carey7432011-13
2.3,824 Trung Canidate6041996-99
3.3,501 Ontiwaun Carter8051991-94
4.3,381 Art Luppino5131953-56
5.3,163 Mike Bell6782002-05
6.3,096 Hubie Oliver6491977-80
7.3,038 Nick Wilson5532014-17
8.3,030J.J. Taylor5252016-19
9.2,957 Nic Grigsby5722007-10
10.2,571 David Adams6001984-86
11.2,530 Clarence Farmer5212000-03
12.2,397Keola Antolin5002008-10
13. 2,389 Jim Upchurch4881972-74
14.2,181Khalil Tate3382016-19
15.2,074 Bob McCall4731970-72

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

1.10,011 Nick Foles933-1,39633672009-11
2.9,211 Willie Tuitama786-1,27631672005-08
3.7,618 Tom Tunnicliffe574-1,06956461980-83
4.6,922 Anu Solomon555-93316492014-16
5.6,016 Alfred Jenkins456-87938301983-86
6.5,972 Keith Smith434-72627421996-99
7.5,749 Jason Johnson413-71926351999-02
8.5,723Dan White446-85027431993-95
9.5,636Khalil Tate393-67126532016-19
10.5,424 Ortege Jenkins488-71727421997-00

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)67Nick Foles2009-11
1. (tie)67Willie Tuitama2005-08
3. 53Khalil Tate2016-19
4.49Anu Solomon2014-16
5.46Tom Tunnicliffe1980-83
6.45Bruce Hill1973-75
7.43Dan White1993-95
8. (tie)42Keith Smith1996-99
8. (tie)42Ortege Jenkins1997-2000
10.35Jason Johnson1999-2002
Khalil Tate (Arizona Athletics photo)

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

No. YardsPlayerAtt.Years
1.9,712Nick Foles1,5032009-11
2.8,727 Willie Tuitama1,4482005-08
3.7,741Khalil Tate9912016-19
4.7,359 Anu Solomon1,1622014-16
5.7,336Tom Tunnicliffe1,2531980-83
6.7,049 Keith Smith1,0211996-99
7.6,307 Alfred Jenkins1,1361983-86
8.6,059 Matt Scott6122008-12
9.6,054 Bruce Hill1,0671973-75
10.5,577 Ortege Jenkins1,1111997-00

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

No. PBUPlayerPos.Years
1.44 Michael JolivetteCB2000-03
2.38 Chuck CecilS1984-87
3.35 Kelly MalveauxCB1994-97
4. (tie)32 Antoine CasonCB2004-07
4. (tie)32 Devin RossCB2006-09
6.31Jace WhittakerCB2015-19
7. (tie)30 Shaquille RichardsonCB2010-13
7. (tie)30 Lynnden BrownS1981-84
9.29 Brandon SandersS1992-95
10. (tie)28 Trevin WadeCB2008-11
10. (tie)28 Randy RobbinsCB1980-83
Colin Schooler (Arizona Athletics photo)

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

1.74.5 Tedy BruschiDE1991-95
2. (tie)49.0 Dana WellsDT1985-88
2. (tie)49.0 Joe TafoyaDE1997-00
4.45.0 Bill McKinleyDE1968-70
5.43.5 Joe Salave'aDT1994-97
6.43.0 Marcus BellLB1996-99
7. (tie)42.0 Scooby Wright IIILB2013-15
7. (tie)42.0Mike DawsonDT1972-75
9.41.0 Rob WaldropDT1990-93
10. (tie)40.5Colin SchoolerLB2017-19
10. (tie)40.5Chris SingletonLB1986-89

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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