Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate is considered by many to be a top candidate for this season’s Heisman Trophy, although NFL.com lists the dual-threat quarterback outside the top 10.
Tate landed at No. 14 on NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread’s top 18 Heisman Trophy candidates list.
“Among quarterbacks, the Wildcats junior is the most exciting rusher in the college game,” Goodbread said on NFL.com. “To contend for the Heisman, however, new coach Kevin Sumlin will need to turn him loose as a passer. Tate didn’t attempt more than 17 passes in a game last season until Nov. 4.”
Goodbread is right. Tate needs to improve as a passer. However, there aren’t 13 other college football players who deserve more Heisman Trophy consideration.
Tate passed for 1,591 yards, 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions last season, and rushed for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Arizona is going to make an emphasis on Tate upgrading his passing ability. Expect the quarterback’s aerial numbers to improve under Sumlin.