Pac-12 Football Players of the Week – Week 8

Khalil Tate running during the Arizona Wildcats vs UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on October 1, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

Pac-12 Football Players of the Week – Week 8

OFFENSIVE: 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.

Khalil Tate at the Arizona Wildcats vs UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on October 1, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

DEFENSIVE: 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.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Brandon Ruiz, Fr., PK, Arizona State (Gilbert, Ariz.)
• Was perfect for the day, connecting on all three of his field goal attempts (47, 40, 30 yards) and all three PATs.
• Scored ASU’s first nine points of the game in helping the Sun Devils come away with points on their first three possessions to take a 9-0 lead after one quarter.
• Four of Ruiz’ seven kickoffs were touchbacks. Utah’s average starting field position on the seven kickoffs was its own 21-yard line.

ALSO NOMINATED:
OFFENSIVE: Demario Richard, ASU; Christian Pabico, UCLA; Luke Falk, WSU.
DEFENSIVE: Christian Sam, ASU; Jaleel Wadood, UCLA; Jalen Thompson, WSU.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Stefan Flintoft, UCLA; Mitch Wishnowsky, UTAH.

Offensive Defensive Special Teams
Sep. 5 Josh Rosen, UCLA Devante Downs, CAL Jake Olsen, USC
Sep. 11 Sam Darnold, USC Peyton Pelluer, WSU Dante Pettis, WASH
Sep. 17 Luke Falk, WSU Devante Downs, CAL Dante Pettis, WASH
Sep. 25 Bryce Love, STAN Jack Jones, USC Brandon Ruiz, ASU
Oct. 2 Bryce Love, STAN Jahad Woods, WSU Erik Powell, WSU
Oct. 9 Khalil Tate, ARIZ Justin Reid, STAN Erik Powell, WSU
Oct. 16 Khalil Tate, ARIZ Jordan Kunaszyk, CAL Mitch Wishnowsky, UTAH
Oct. 23 Khalil Tate, ARIZ Colin Schooler, ARIZ Brandon Ruiz, ASU
 
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