Khalil Tate became the first player in almost three decades to win Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week three consecutive weeks, and now he’s made Pro Football Focus’ Pac-12 Team of the Week for the third time in a row, too.
PFF Week 8 - Pac 12 Team of the Week - Offense— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 24, 2017
Khalil Tate takes home QB of the Week honors for a third straight week. pic.twitter.com/Pp1lGQMrc8
Tate earned an 88.2 grade in the 45-44 double overtime win against the California Golden Bears, which is the lowest he’s scored in the last three weeks (a good problem to have).
The sophomore quarterback had 17 carries for 137 yards and a touchdown, while going 10 for 15 for 166 yards and two touchdowns and an interception through the air.
The Arizona Wildcats had a second player make PFF’s Pac-12 Team of the Week in freshman linebacker Tony Fields II, who had an 85.4 grade.
PFF Week 8 - Pac 12 Team of the Week - Defense pic.twitter.com/KFHY1Ns4IC— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 24, 2017
Fields exited in the fourth quarter with an injury, but he recorded 10 tackles (0.5 for loss) nonetheless.
There hasn’t been an update on Fields’ health, but head coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday that he is “hopeful” about “many” of the Arizona players who suffered injuries in Berkeley.
The true freshman Fields has started in every game this season, and is second on Arizona in tackles (47), and tied for third in tackles for loss (3.5), making a significant impact in his first year on campus.
There are two other things to note here.
One, Cal had four players on PFF’s Pac-12 Offensive Team of the Week, which isn’t what you want to see since they faced Arizona’s defense.
Also, Washington State, UA’s opponent this Saturday, had four players on the Defensive Team of the Week — three in the front-seven alone.
Washington State’s defense ranks 17th nationally per S&P+, and will easily be the best defensive team Arizona has faced this season.
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