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Analyst Says Heisman Trophy Favorite Has Already Been Eliminated

first_imgKhalil Tate watches from the sideline.TUCSON, AZ – NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Khalil Tate #14 of the Arizona Wildcats watches from the bench during the second half of the college football game against the Oregon State Beavers at Arizona Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)After taking college football by storm midway through last season, Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate looked like a strong pick to at least be in New York for the Heisman ceremony. Through two games, those hopes have been all but dashed.Arizona had a very disappointing Week 1 loss to BYU, in Kevin Sumlin’s first game as head coach, falling to the Cougars 28-23.Tate, who threw for just under 1,600 yards (and nearly nine per attempt), and ran for 1,411 (9.2 per carry) and 12 touchdowns after taking over as starter a few weeks into last season, just has not looked like himself.Tate was mediocre through the air, throwing for 197 and a touchdown on 17-of-34 passing, but was completely shut down on the ground. He picked up just 14 yards and a score on eight carries.Today, Arizona is playing against Sumlin’s former team Houston, and things are going so, so much worse.The Wildcats trail these Cougars 38-0. Houston got a run from a bad Rice team last week, so it doesn’t appear that UH is a great team either, despite the presence of all-world defensive lineman Ed Oliver.Tate is just 15-for-31 for 182 yards and two interceptions. Once again, he’s been a total non-factor on the ground, with three attempts for -5 yards.Yahoo! Sports analyst Pete Thamel has already declared Tate’s Heisman candidacy dead.We can declare on Sept. 8 at 11:33 a.m. that Khalil Tate’s Heisman chances have officially ended. (I blame @RossDellenger for the jinx). Houston leads 21-0 and Arizona looks completely hopeless on defense. UH’s D’Eriq King 8-12 with 2 TD touchdowns passing and 1 rushing.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 8, 2018Tate was so magnificent last year because his dual-threat abilities. This season, there seems to be no focus on his running game, and overall the Wildcats’ offense has been ineffective all-around.Sumlin has found success with dual-threat players before. Johnny Manziel won a Heisman Trophy wheeling and dealing in Sumlin’s offense at Texas A&M. They really need to unlock Tate’s abilities, before this season gets away from them.last_img read more

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