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12/07/17 - (QB) - Khalil Tate, So, 6-1, 215
2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS PAC-12 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Khalil Tate, Arizona,...Quarterback Khalil Tate totaled 2,642 yards of total offense and 21 touchdowns, totals mostly accumulated over the last eight games of the season. The Inglewood, Calif., native was four times named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and became the first quarterback in league history to rush for 1,000 yards (1,353 yards to date). - Arizona Football


12/05/17 - (RB) - J.J. Taylor, rFr, 5-06, 180
2017 PAC-12 CO-OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): J.J. Taylor, Arizona...Taylor, a redshirt freshman from Corona, Calif., played in all 12 games and was the Pac-12's top freshman rusher with 828 yards (6.1 yards/carry), averaged 69.0 yards per game, and added five touchdowns. He rushed for a career-best 153 yards on 14 carries (10.9 avg.) with two touchdowns vs. Washington State. Taylor was a major contributor to Arizona's ground game that averaged 324.4 yards per game (3rd in the FBS) and a school single-season team record 48 rushing touchdowns. Arizona rushed for 300 or more yards seven times, including a pair of 500+ yard games with a UA single-game record 534 yards vs. Oregon State. - Pac-12 Football


12/05/17 - (ILB) - Colin Schooler, Fr, 6-0, 226
2017 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Colin Schooler, Arizona...Schooler, a freshman from Dana Point, Calif., was 11th in the Pac-12, and second among freshmen with 88 tackles (7.3 per game), trailing only freshman teammate Tony Fields II (91 tackles/7.6 per game). Schooler added 13.5 tackles for loss, most among all FBS freshmen, 3.0 sacks and two interceptions (returned one 66 yards for a touchdown vs. Washington State). In nine Pac-12 games, he posted 81 tackles (9.0 per game) and all 13.5 tackles for loss. Schooler and teammate J.J. Taylor are the second and third Wildcats to earn Freshman of the Year honors, joining WR Mike Thomas (2005). - Pac-12 Football


12/05/17 - (RB) - Nick Wilson, Sr, 5-10, 208
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): RB Nick Wilson, Sr.,...Running behind the big men was senior back Nick Wilson, who tallied 585 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground to earn honorable mention recognition. A native of Fresno, Calif., Wilson was the team's primary starting tailback and shared the workload with J.J. Taylor and Zach Green. With 3,009 career rushing yards to date, Wilson is only the seventh player in program history to top the 3,000-yard mark. - Arizona Football


12/05/17 - (QB) - Khalil Tate, So, 6-1, 215
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): QB Khalil Tate, So.,...Quarterback Khalil Tate received honorable mention honors following a breakout sophomore campaign in which he totaled 2,642 yards of total offense and 21 touchdowns, totals mostly accumulated over the last eight games of the season. The Inglewood, Calif., native was four times named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and became the first quarterback in league history to rush for 1,000 yards (1,353 yards to date). - Arizona Football


12/05/17 - (ILB) - Colin Schooler, Fr, 6-0, 226
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Colin Schooler, Fr.,...Defensively, true freshman linebacker Colin Schooler garnered honorable mention honors. Arizona's starting middle linebacker for the final eight games, Schooler was the Pac-12's second-leading freshman tackler with 88 stops this season. He totaled four sacks and 13.5 tackles-for-loss, all of which came against Pac-12 opponents. His 13.5 tackles-for-loss lead all freshmen nationally. The Dana Point, Calif., native also intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown in an upset of No. 15 Washington State on Oct. 28. - Arizona Football


12/05/17 - (C) - Nathan Eldridge, rSo, 6-2, 297
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL Nate Eldridge, So.,...Among the offensive honorees were right guard Jacob Alsadek and center Nathan Eldridge. Each started all 12 regular season games on the offensive line for the nation's third-leading rushing attack (324.4 yards per game). The unit paced the Pac-12 and tied for 14th among all FBS schools by allowing only 15 sacks this season. A native of San Diego, Calif., Alsadek has started 45 times and played in 47 career games. Eldridge, from Anthem, Ariz., has started 24 consecutive games at center. - Arizona Football


12/05/17 - (WR) - Shun Brown, Jr, 5-08, 177
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): RS Shun Brown, Jr.,...The fifth member of the offense to receive honorable mention accolades was receiver Shun Brown, who was recognized for his talents as a return specialist. A native of Shreveport, La., Brown averaged 12.9 yards per return on 15 punt returns, returning two for touchdowns. He had a third apparent touchdown return called back due to penalty in the fourth quarter of the Territorial Cup. As a receiver, Brown led the Wildcats with 39 receptions, 511 yards and five touchdowns. - Arizona Football


12/05/17 - (OG) - Jacob Alsadek, rSr, 6-6, 319
2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL Jacob Alsadek, RSr.,...Among the offensive honorees were right guard Jacob Alsadek and center Nathan Eldridge. Each started all 12 regular season games on the offensive line for the nation's third-leading rushing attack (324.4 yards per game). The unit paced the Pac-12 and tied for 14th among all FBS schools by allowing only 15 sacks this season. A native of San Diego, Calif., Alsadek has started 45 times and played in 47 career games. Eldridge, from Anthem, Ariz., has started 24 consecutive games at center. - Arizona Football


11/12/17 - (QB) - Khalil Tate, So, 6-1, 215
Quarterback Khalil Tate rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns to lead Arizona to a record-setting victory over Oregon State 49-28 on Saturday night at Tucson, Ariz. Tate has rushed for 1,293 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games. It's the third time this season he has rushed for more than 200 yards. He had a 71-yard touchdown run, making it five runs of more than 70 yards this season. The Wildcats (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12) rushed for seven touchdowns and finished with a school-record 534 rushing yards among its total of 602. Tate was replaced in the fourth quarter with Arizona leading 42-21 by former starter Brandon Dawkins, who also ran for a touchdown. Arizona scored on its first possession, going 75 yards on 11 plays. Tate rushed for 42 yards and passed for 23 yards on the possession as Arizona jumped out early and poured it on throughout the first half.

The Wildcats, who lead the Pac-12 in scoring at 43.9 points per game, didn't punt until late in the third quarter. The Beavers (1-9, 0-7) couldn't muster much in the opening half, getting only 51 yards in total offense. They finished with 360 yards in total offense. After scoring first, Arizona scored two possessions later on a Zach Green 4-yard run to take a 14-0 lead. Arizona scored twice more in the second quarter, once on a Tate 19-yard touchdown where he broke loose from three defenders to score. Wide receiver Tony Ellison scored on an end-around run that went for 27 yards. The Wildcats moved in front 42-14 when Green scored his second touchdown of the night on a 3-yard run. - The Sports Xchange

10/30/17 - (QB) - Khalil Tate, So, 6-1, 215
QB Khalil Tate won an unprecedented fourth consecutive Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award. Tate had an incredible October, coming in for an injured Brandon Dawkins early in a win at Colorado on Oct. 7. He rushed for 840 yards in four games this month, including touchdown runs of 58, 28, 47, 75, 45, 71, 76 and 49 yards. He ripped off an 82-yard run down to the 2 last week in a 57-38 victory over then-No. 15 Washington State. Tate, a sophomore, threw for a career-high 275 yards on 10-of-17 passing against the Cougars, also rushing for 146 yards. He accounted for three touchdowns and directed an offense that produced seven plays of 40-plus yards.


10/30/17 - (QB) - Khalil Tate, So, 6-1, 215
OCT 30 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Khalil Tate, So., QB, Arizona (Inglewood, Calif.)...For the first time in Conference history, Tate has been selected the Pac-12 Football Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth week in a row...Totaled 421 yards of offense and three touchdowns to lead Arizona to a 58-37 victory over No. 15 Washington State...Had a career-long run of 82 yards (fourth-straight contest with a run of 70+ yards), a 49-yard touchdown run and four pass plays of 40+ yards...His 14.03 yards per play on 30 total offense attempts (13-146 rushing, 17-275 passing) is a new school record for a minimum of 25 attempts...Also helped UA to an average of 11.5 yards per play, the school's biggest clip since at least 1996. ALSO NOMINATED, OFFENSIVE: Kyle Williams, ASU; Steven Montez, COLO; Tyrell Crosby, ORE; Ronald Jones II, USC; Darren Carrington II, UTAH; Myles Gaskin, WASH. - Pac-12 Football


10/30/17 - (K) - Lucas Havrisik, Fr, 6-1, 173
OCT 30 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Lucas Havrisik, Fr., K, Arizona (Riverside, Calif.)...On his second career attempt, Lucas Havrisik tied the school record for longest made field goal by drilling a 57-yarder at the end of the first half to extend Arizona's six-point lead to 23-14 at halftime...Also booted nine of 10 kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks, with the only return going for 13 yards...The effort helped UA win the average field position battle with the Cougars starting their drives at their own 29-yardline (average). ALSO NOMINATED, SPECIAL TEAMS: Michael Sleep-Dalton, ASU; Alex Kinney, COLO; Aidan Schneider, ORE; Jet Toner, STAN; Mitch Wishnowsky, UTAH; Salvon Ahmed, WASH. - Pac-12 Football


10/29/17 - (QB) - Khalil Tate, So, 6-1, 215
It was a game Rich Rodriguez termed "redemption and relevancy" as Arizona prepared for No. 15 Washington State. It was the last thing he told his team before it faced the Cougars. It worked out well for host Arizona, which won 58-37 in its homecoming game at Arizona Stadium on Saturday night. Arizona avenged last season's 69-7 loss to Washington State in Pullman, Wash., in what Rodriguez called a "debacle." "It was a chance to be relevant if you beat a top 25 team and they were 15th and that gives you a chance to be relevant for a little bit," Rodriguez said after the win. "I know they want to be bowl eligible but the more you win the more that is at stake." Arizona (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) remained in the thick of the Pac-12 South race, and faces No. 21 USC (7-2, 5-1) in Los Angeles next week. "We're going to have to play better," Rodriguez said about next week. "We know we are capable. Our guys know we have to do that next Saturday."

Washington State (7-2, 4-2) entered the game with the nation's fifth-best passing game, and passed for 602 yards Saturday. It came down to Arizona's strength -- the running game. Behind quarterback Khalil Tate and J.J. Taylor, the duo helped Arizona collect 310 yards on the ground. Taylor, a redshirt freshman, rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Tate ran for 146 yards, including an 82-yard run, and passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns. "They stopped the run (early) and it opened up (the pass)," said Tate of Washington State's strategy. "It was a lose-lose situation." It was the breakout game Rodriguez had been expecting from Taylor. - The Sports Xchange

10/24/17 - (QB) - Khalil Tate, So, 6-1, 215
Tate began the season on the bench after losing a preseason competition for the starting job to Brandon Dawkins. Then the sophomore was banged up and not available for a couple games. An injury to Dawkins three games ago gave Tate a chance and he has simply been one of the best players in the country since. In the last three games, Tate has run for 694 yards and passed for 468 more while accounting for 11 touchdowns. Playing for coach Rich Rodriguez, the comparisons to former West Virginia quarterback Pat White are inevitable. The Wildcats have won four straight to surge into the Pac-12 South race. What they are saying: "He is actually playing better than we anticipated that he would, particularly running-wise" Rodriguez. Outlook: The Wildcats play No. 15 Washington State and No. 21 Southern California the next two weeks. Let's see if he can keep the show going against better competition. - AP College Football


10/23/17 - (QB) - Khalil Tate, So, 6-1, 215
OCT 23 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Khalil Tate, So., QB, Arizona (Inglewood, Calif.)...For the first time since USC's Rodney Peete in 1988, Tate has been selected the Pac-12 Football Offensive Player of the Week for the third week in a row...In his second start of the season, Tate led Arizona to a thrilling 45-44 double-overtime victory at California...The sophomore totaled 303 yards of offense and three touchdowns...Produced a third-straight 100-yard rushing game with 137 yards on 17 carries, including a career-long 76-yard touchdown run...Completed 10-of-15 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, the last a 22-yard completion in the second overtime which, with the subsequent extra point kick, was the winning score...Tate has three runs of at least 70 yards in three consecutive games. - Pac-12 Football


10/23/17 - (ILB) - Colin Schooler, Fr, 6-0, 226
OCT 23 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Colin Schooler, Fr., LB, Arizona (Dana Point, Calif.)...Schooler delivered the defensive play of the game to seal a road victory for Arizona, which held off California in a 45-44 double-overtime thriller...Broke up the potential game-winning pass in the back of the endzone as the Golden Bears attempted a two-point conversion...Also delivered a career-best 15 tackles, which is a team season-high for Arizona...The freshman totaled 1.5 tackles for loss, forced a fumble and was credited for one quarterback hurry as the Wildcats held on for their first road overtime victory in program history. - Pac-12 Football


10/21/17 - (DB) - Scottie Young, , 5-11, 182
FS Scottie Young Jr., listed as doubtful this week because of a knee injury, did not make the trip to Cal.


10/16/17 - (RB) - Nick Wilson, Sr, 5-10, 208
RB Nick Wilson is 186 rushing yards away from passing Nic Grigsby for seventh on Arizona's career rushing list. The senior has 2,772 rushing yards after Saturday's game against UCLA.


10/16/17 - (DB) - Scottie Young, , 5-11, 182
FS Scottie Young Jr. left Saturday's game early with an undisclosed injury and his status remains unknown for this week's game against Cal. Should Young miss the game, S Kwesi Mashack is expected to have an expanded role in the secondary.


10/16/17 - (LB) - Kylan Wilborn, , 6-3, 235
LB Kylan Wilborn was the star of the show on defense against UCLA, coming up with four sacks and a forced fumble in the win. The true freshman linebacker's four sacks were the most for an Arizona player since the 1997 season when Joe Salave'a accomplished the feat against Arizona State. Wilborn now leads the team in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles after his performance against the Bruins.


10/16/17 - (QB) - Khalil Tate, So, 6-1, 215
OCT 16 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Khalil Tate, Fr., QB, Arizona (Inglewood, Calif.)...Followed up a record-setting breakout a week ago with another dominant performance to lead Arizona to its first victory (47-30) over UCLA since 2011...Totaled 378 yards of offense and three touchdowns...Gained 230 yards (sixth-most in UA history) on 15 carries (71 and 45-yard TDs) to become the first FBS quarterback since 1997 to post consecutive 200-yard rushing efforts...Completed 9-of-13 passes for 148 yards and a TD through the air with turnover free ball. ALSO NOMINATED, OFFENSIVE: Manny Wilkins, ASU; Bryce Bobo, COLO; Ryan Nall, OSU; Bryce Love, STAN; Zack Moss, UTAH. - Pac-12 Football


10/15/17 - (RB) - Nick Wilson, Sr, 5-10, 208
RB Nick Wilson, a senior, produced the 13th 100-yard rushing game of his career Saturday against UCLA, rushing for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. For Wilson, who has dealt with a multitude of injuries, in the past couple of season, it was his first 100-yard game against a Pac-12 foe since rushing for 136 yards on 24 carries against UCLA in 2015.


10/15/17 - (WR) - Shun Brown, Jr, 5-08, 177
WR Shun Brown hauled in a 53-yard catch Saturday and finished with three catches for 61 yards. Brown, a sophomore, has five catches of at least 50 yards over the last two seasons. Including punt returns, Brown has three plays of 50 or more yards this season.


10/15/17 - (CB) - Jace Whittaker, Jr, 5-10, 182
CB Jace Whittaker intercepted two passes, including one for a 42-yard touchdown return, to lead the pass defense in Arizona's 47-30 victory over UCLA. Whittaker had one career pick before Saturday. Whittaker's other interception thwarted a UCLA scoring chance as he returned it 28 yards out of the endzone. Whittaker added two tackles and a pass breakup as the Wildcats held Josh Rosen to his lowest second-lowest career passing total.


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