Just rename it the Khalil Tate Award at this point.
The Arizona Wildcats quarterback was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth straight week Monday, becoming the first player in history to accomplish such a feat.
Tate threw for a career-high 275 yards, rushed for 146 yards, and had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in Arizona’s 58-37 win over the No. 15 Washington State Cougars on Saturday.
The sophomore has tallied 1,583 yards and 14 touchdowns in the last four weeks, and Arizona is 4-0 since Tate took over as the full-time quarterback, moving the Wildcats (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) into the top-25 and Pac-12 South title contention.
Tate has rushed for 926 yards and eight touchdowns on just 69 carries this season, averaging 13.4 yards per carry and 154.3 yards per game, which ranks third nationally.
He’s also been pretty darn good throwing the ball, completing 69 percent of his passes for 784 yards (11.7 yards per attempt) and six touchdowns.
Tate’s recent excellence has put himself in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award, both given to the nation’s top player.
Also getting some recognition this week was UA freshman kicker Lucas Havrisik, who was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week.
Havrisik had nine touchbacks and drilled a 57-yard field goal in UA’s win over WSU. That was Havrisik’s first career made field goal, and it tied a school record for distance.
Arizona has won four straight and was named the Football Writers Association of America’s team of the week for the first time since 2010.
So things are going pretty well in Tucson right now.
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