After putting up one of the biggest months in the history of college football, Arizona Wildcats quarterback Khalil Tate has put himself in the middle of national award conversations.
That begins in earnest on Monday after Tate was named one of 18 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the nation’s top player.
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Tate is one of four sophomores on the list, and one of four players from the Pac-12. He’s joined by USC quarterback Sam Darnold, Stanford running back Bryce Love, and Oregon running back Royce Freeman. Tate and Darnold go head-to-head on Saturday night on ESPN.
The numbers Tate put up in October are absolutely astonishing. He’s been so good he invented the “October Heisman”
Khalil Tate has been so good over the past month I think he just singlehandedly invented the October Heisman. pic.twitter.com/cpiBliRMfs— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) October 29, 2017
Arizona QB Khalil Tate rushed for 840 yards in October. No one has rushed for more yards in an October in the last 10 seasons.— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) October 29, 2017
Here's the best 4 game stretch of Lamar Jackson's career against Khalil Tate's October aka the first four starts of his career. pic.twitter.com/o24wnZrKxk— Football Perspective (@fbgchase) October 30, 2017
Oh, and he just turned 19 on the 23rd. Not a bad month.
It’s likely that Tate will take home his fourth consecutive Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week nod as well, just capping off an absurd October.
Voting for the Maxwell Award begins on Tuesday and will close on November 19th. Three finalists will be announced on Nov. 20th, with another round of voting occurring before the College Football Awards Show on Dec. 7th.