After a senior season at Junípero Serra High School in Gardena, California where Khalil Tate threw for 2,000 yards, ran for 2,000 more, and racked up 43 total trips to the end zone, ESPN labeled him as one of the ten best dual-threat quarterbacks heading into the NCAA in 2016.
He decided to cut his teeth with the Arizona Wildcats, where he completed 58 percent of his career attempts en route to 6,318 yards passing and 57 passing touchdowns in 40 career games. He racked up another 2,285 yards on 366 rushing attempts and 18 touchdowns with his legs.
The “Birds” added him as an undrafted rookie following the most recent draft, but he’ll be asked to play wide receiver. That should be interesting as he’ll need to beat out the likes of John Hightower and Quez Watkins for a spot on the roster or the practice squad.
The more interesting question is this. Why not let him compete for an emergency quarterback role? Who knows what he would have done in a better offensive system? Are we certain that he wouldn’t have lit up the scoreboard for the Oklahoma Sooners like Jalen Hurts or Kyler Murray did had he been given a chance?
Heck, are we even certain that Nat Sudfeld is that much better right now? Why not give Tate a shot? Does anyone else see a few plays with him under center as attractive? Don’t laugh. We also thought Philly taking a quarterback in the most recent draft’s second round was ridiculous.