Whether it’s the adjustment to a new system, the ankle injury he suffered early vs. Houston or something else, junior quarterback Khalil Tate isn’t playing well.
Tate isn’t running the ball often or effectively, netting a scant 22 yards on 15 rushing attempts. Take out the one time he’s been sacked, and it’s 34 yards on 14 carries.
Tate averaged 128.3 rushing yards in 11 games last season. That includes the NAU and Houston games, in which he made only brief relief appearances, and the ASU game, when he got hurt on the last play of the first half and barely played in the second.
Tate completed 62.0 percent of his passes last season with a 14-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. This year he’s at 51.9 with 1-2 TD-INT ratio. His average per attempt has fallen from 8.9 to 6.8.
Yes, it’s a small sample size. Yes, there are mitigating circumstances, including Arizona playing from behind the majority of the time. And yes, there are 10 other guys on the field with Tate, including an inexperienced offensive line.
But it always comes back to the quarterback. Through two games, Tate hasn’t approached the lofty standard he set last season.