Colorado prepared for Arizona’s Tate second time around
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado went into its game against Arizona last season game planning to stop quarterback Brandon Dawkins.
When Dawkins went down after a late hit out of bounds, Khalil Tate ran all over the Buffaloes for 327 yards, an FBS record by a quarterback.
Tate has been hampered by an ankle injury this season and hasn't put up the same prodigious numbers he did last season, but Colorado knows all too well what he's capable of once he gets rolling.
Dawkins says he gave up football because of mental health
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former Indiana and Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins says he gave up football because he needed to deal with his "deteriorating" mental health.
Dawkins told Hoosiers coach Tom Allen on Sunday he was leaving the program after enrolling in school this summer as a graduate transfer from Arizona. He lost the starting job to Peyton Ramsey.
Dawkins had not provided a public explanation until writing a post Wednesday night on Instagram.
Late changes forcing Hoosiers to adapt with backup plans
Indiana coach Tom Allen just keeps adapting on the fly.
When he announced top rusher Morgan Ellison was suspended indefinitely last week, Allen installed a ready-made backup plan. When Allen announced Monday that second-string quarterback Brandon Dawkins left the program after failing to beat out Peyton Ramsey for the starting job, Allen simply asked last year's state Mr. Football Award winner, Reese Taylor, to move back to his old spot.
Indiana suspends top RB Morgan Ellison, LB Burnam
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Peyton Ramsey will be the starting quarterback for Indiana in the Sept. 1 opener at Florida International, but he won't have sophomore Morgan Ellison to hand the ball off to.
The Hoosiers announced Friday that Ellison has been suspended indefinitely and that linebacker Mo Burnam is suspended for the opener.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Quarterback Brandon Dawkins has decided to play his final college season at Indiana.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound California native will graduate from Arizona in May. Dawkins started the first five games last season before a rib injury limited him to only two games the rest of the season.
He started 14 of his 23 career games with the Wildcats, throwing for 2,414 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Dawkins also has 232 carries for 1,582 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Former Arizona Wildcats dual-threat quarterback Brandon Dawkins will transfer to Indiana, per ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.
Dawkins became a graduate transfer after the 2017 season, and selected the Hoosiers after visiting Florida Atlantic over the weekend. He will be eligible to play immediately, but only for the 2018 season.
Arizona Wildcats QB Brandon Dawkins has options for next year, but he’s delaying any talk about his future
When Brandon Dawkins was a freshman in high school, a touted quarterback transferred in from out of town. Luke Falk was older, and he had a scholarship offer from Florida State.
Falk initially won the job at Southern California’s Oaks Christian High. But Dawkins eventually overtook him and became a three-year starter.
“As long as I’ve played,” Dawkins said, “I’ve never been one to run from competition.”
Arizona Wildcats rewind: Five takeaways from the UA’s 49-28 victory over Oregon State
Every Monday throughout the season, we’ll take a look back at the Arizona Wildcats’ previous game after re-watching it via the TV broadcast and present five key takeaways. Here are the five from the UA’s 49-28 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night:
Oregon State gearing up for Arizona’s Khalil Tate
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Khalil Tate burst onto the national scene with a record-setting performance against Colorado off the bench. He kept running away from defenders, even when teams knew what was coming.
UCLA couldn't stop him. Neither could California or Washington State. Even Southern Cal had trouble slowing Arizona's sophomore quarterback in a victory over the Wildcats last week.
AP All-American Watch: Tate takes off; Holland’s sack streak
The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. This season, the AP released its first preseason All-America team and last week a midseason team. The full three-team All-America selections are unveiled in December. The sixth installment of the weekly All-America watch features a quarterback who started the season as a backup, an SEC linebacker on a sack streak and a matchup in the middle of the Big Ten's game of the year.
For ex-Arizona assistant Charlie Ragle, Cal job was opportunity to start fresh
Charlie Ragle was multitasking, watching the Arizona-Colorado game as Cal's team bus rolled to Husky Stadium two weeks ago. As he stared at his mobile device, UA quarterback Brandon Dawkins was knocked from the game.
Before Khalil Tate took his first snap, Ragle turned to a fellow Golden Bears coach and made a prediction.
"I told him … that's going to jump-start them," Ragle said. "I'd be lying if I said I knew he was going to go out and set the NCAA rushing record (for quarterbacks)."
Khalil Tate has one start and two Pac-12 offensive player of the week honors this season.
Since coming off the bench as an injury replacement two weeks ago, the Arizona sophomore has run for 557 yards to become the first FBS quarterback in 20 years to have back-to-back 200-yard rushing games.
Arizona Wildcats QB Khalil Tate wins Pac-12 honor for second week in a row
Notes and takeaways from the Arizona Wildcats’ weekly Monday news conference at the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility:
* UA coach Rich Rodriguez addressed the question of why he didn’t start quarterback Khalil Tate from the get-go this season. We’ll have more on that topic later today.
TUSCON — Khalil Tate followed up last week’s record-setting performance with another strong one, rushing for 230 yards and two touchdowns to lead Arizona over UCLA 47-30 Saturday night.
The sophomore quarterback, who took over for the injured Brandon Dawkins early in last Saturday’s win over Colorado, set an FBS single-game rushing record for a quarterback with 327 yards in that game. Tate got the start on Saturday, and ran for a 45-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the game.
Wildcats run wild on Bruins in 47-30 win
TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — Khalil Tate proved he wasn't a one-game wonder, giving the Arizona Wildcats another Saturday of big plays and another win.
Tate followed up last week's record-setting performance with another strong one, rushing for 230 yards and two touchdowns to lead Arizona over UCLA 47-30.
Wildcats run wild on Bruins in 47-30 win
TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — Khalil Tate followed up last week's record-setting performance with another strong one, rushing for 230 yards and two touchdowns to lead Arizona over UCLA 47-30 Saturday night.
The sophomore quarterback, who took over for the injured Brandon Dawkins early in last Saturday's win over Colorado, set an FBS single-game rushing record for a quarterback with 327 yards in that game. Tate got the start on Saturday, and ran for a 45-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the game.
UCLA out to stop Arizona’s running man, Khalil Tate
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — UCLA has struggled defensively this season, ranking near the bottom of the FBS in scoring and rushing defense.
Next up for the Bruins are Arizona and Khalil Tate, who had the most prolific day running the ball by a quarterback in FBS history.
Even with a week off to prepare, this could be a difficult matchup.
RichRod on Arizona Wildcats QB Khalil Tate: ‘His best football is still way ahead of him’
Notes and takeaways from the Arizona Wildcats’ media availability after practice Tuesday morning as the team prepares to face UCLA:
* Much of the talk again centered around quarterback Khalil Tate. UA coach Rich Rodriguez suggested that Tate is just getting started. "His best football is still way ahead of him,” Rodriguez said.
* Rodriguez on Tate now vs. a year ago: "He’s so much more comfortable with what we’re doing offensively."
UCLA out to keep Arizona’s QB in pocket no matter who plays
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA is taking Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez at his word.
The Wildcats' depth chart lists Khalil Tate or Brandon Dawkins as the starting quarterback, so the Bruins are preparing for both for their game on Saturday. That designation comes after Tate ran for 327 yards in a win at Colorado, the most yards rushing ever by an FBS quarterback.
Notes, quotes and stats from the Arizona Wildcats’ 45-42 victory over Colorado
The Arizona Wildcats defeated Colorado 45-42 Friday night at Arizona Stadium. Here are some pertinent notes, quotes and statistics:
* Sophomore Khalil Tate rushed for 327 yards to establish a new FBS rushing record for quarterbacks. Tate surpassed Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch, who set the record with 321 yards in 2013.
* Tate averaged 23.4 yards per carry. That mark set a school record (minimum 10 rushes). Trung Canidate held the previous mark at 16 yards per carry.
Fill-in QB Khalil Tate sets single-game rushing record as Wildcats beat Colorado, 45-42
BOULDER, Colo. — Quarterback Khalil Tate rushed for 327 yards and accounted for five touchdowns as the Arizona Wildcats outlasted Colorado 45-42 on Saturday night at Folsom Field.
Tate’s rushing yards were the most ever by an Arizona quarterback and the second most ever by a Wildcat behind Ka’Deem Carey’s 366, also against Colorado in 2012.
Tate rushes for 327 yards, Arizona beats Colorado 45-42
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado coach had a simple request after the game.
"Could someone please tackle No. 14 for Arizona?" Mike MacIntyre said.
Too late. He's already gone.
Backup Khalil Tate rushed for 327 yards, an FBS record by a quarterback, and accounted for five touchdowns to help Arizona hold off Colorado 45-42 on Saturday night.
Here are three things to watch* in the Arizona Wildcats’ game vs. Colorado at Folsom Field in Boulder (Saturday, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks), plus a score prediction and some pertinent preview links:
(*-We’re going with a Tom Petty theme this week in honor of the late, great rocker.)
QB Brandon Dawkins’ starting spot secure, but Khalil Tate’s return gives Arizona Wildcats second option
Rich Rodriguez didn’t dance around the subject.
“Brandon Dawkins is still our starter,” the Arizona coach said Tuesday, shortly after the Wildcats’ first bye-week practice.
That probably isn’t the most popular proclamation, but Rodriguez remains convinced that his talented but erratic quarterback “can play better.” Rodriguez did add this, though:
“If he doesn’t, then obviously the other guys will push him.”
Arizona Wildcats rewind: Five takeaways from the UA’s 30-24 loss to Utah
Every Monday throughout the season, we’ll take a look back at the Arizona Wildcats’ previous game after re-watching the TV broadcast and present five key takeaways. Here are the five from the UA’s 30-24 loss to Utah on Friday night:
Notes, quotes and stats from the Arizona Wildcats’ 30-24 loss to No. 23 Utah
The Arizona Wildcats lost to No. 23 Utah 30-24 Friday night at Arizona Stadium. Here are some pertinent notes, quotes and statistics:
* Arizona has given up three points in the fourth quarter over the last three games and has lost two of them.
* Arizona committed five turnovers for the first time since a 49-0 loss to Oregon on Sept. 22, 2012 – Rich Rodriguez’s fourth game as Wildcats coach.
No. 23 Utah recovers late fumble to hold off Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — When Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley went down with a shoulder injury in the second quarter, the Utes had an experienced and reliable alternative ready.
Troy Williams, a senior who started 13 games last season, came on and guided the No. 23 Utes to a 30-24 victory over Arizona on Friday night in the Pac-12 opener for both schools.
Here are three things to watch in the Arizona Wildcats’ game vs. Utah at Arizona Stadium (Friday, 7:30 p.m., FS1), plus a score prediction and some pertinent preview links:
Seriously: Nothing new about Arizona Wildcats QB Brandon Dawkins’ approach except results
Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins runs in a third-quarter touchdown in the Wildcats' win over UTEP at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. Photo by Brian Kanof, for the Arizona Daily Star
Quarterback Brandon Dawkins seemed different last week to just about everyone in the Arizona Wildcats football program … except himself.
No. 23 Utes head to Arizona to open Pac-12 season
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez loves a good running quarterback and he has one in Brandon Dawkins.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they will face one who might be at least as good when they take on No. 23 Utah in their Pac-12 opener Friday night in Tucson, Arizona.
The once-methodical Utes (3-0) have revved up their offense this season behind quarterback Tyler Huntley, and so far so good, with victories over North Dakota, BYU and San Jose State.
Pac-12 picks: Recognizing our mistakes and ‘playing the next play’
If you took a few minutes to browse through last week’s picks, you probably noticed a large, bold headline at the top of the screen before anything else. It’s meant to catch your eye, the headline, and chances are it did. Or maybe you glazed right over it. Let’s hope that was the case.
‘USC, Texas meet again, but don’t expect another frenetic finish.’
Status of Arizona Wildcats DE-LB DeAndre’ Miller (foot) is unclear for Utah
Notes and takeaways from Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez’s weekly Monday news conference at the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility:
* Rodriguez said he’s unsure whether senior “Stud” DeAndre’ Miller will be able to return for Friday’s game vs. Utah. Last week Miller finally shed the boot he had been wearing since having foot surgery in July. He has yet to practice. When healthy, he is Arizona’s best pass rusher.
Notes, quotes and stats from the Arizona Wildcats’ 63-16 victory over UTEP
The Arizona Wildcats defeated UTEP 63-16 Friday night at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Here are some pertinent notes, quotes and statistics:
* QB Brandon Dawkins set career highs in completion percentage (85.7), passing touchdowns (three) and total TDs (six).
* Shun Brown is the first Wildcat to have multiple punt returns for touchdowns in the same season since Mike Thomas in 2008. Brown also caught a 36-yard TD pass. All four of his career TD receptions have covered at least 30 yards.
Brandon Dawkins redeems himself, leads Arizona Wildcats to rout of UTEP
EL PASO – Brandon Dawkins silenced his critics for at least one night.
The Arizona quarterback, whose miscues had Wildcats fans in an uproar all week, turned in perhaps the best performance of his career Friday at UTEP.
Dawkins accounted for six touchdowns as the Wildcats drubbed the overmatched Miners 63-16 in front of an announced crowd of 22,133 at the Sun Bowl.
Dawkins’ 6 TDs lead Arizona past UTEP 63-16
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Brandon Dawkins scored six touchdowns — three passing and three rushing — to lead Arizona to a 63-16 win over UTEP on Friday night.
Dawkins, who played only one series in the fourth quarter, threw for 155 yards on 18-of-22 passing and ran for 143 yards on 13 carries.
Arizona came into the game as a 25-point favorite, but struggled in the first quarter against winless UTEP before scoring 28 unanswered points.
EL PASO, Texas – The Arizona Wildcats were tied with UTEP 0-0 through one quarter of their game at the Sun Bowl on Friday night.
Arizona advanced to the UTEP 2-yard line on the final play of the period and faced fourth-and-goal to start the second. The Wildcats began the drive at their 22. The big play: a 35-yard scramble by quarterback Brandon Dawkins.
Dawkins is 6 of 7 for 39 yards, with the passes going to six receivers. He has 54 rushing yards on four carries.
Wildcats RB Nick Wilson appears set to return to lineup; Arizona-UTEP to start on ESPNEWS
EL PASO, Texas – Observations from warmups before the Arizona Wildcats’ game against UTEP at the Sun Bowl:
* Senior tailback Nick Wilson (ankle) lined up next to Brandon Dawkins with the first-team offense, a sign that Wilson will play after sitting out last week.
What to watch for when the Arizona Wildcats visit UTEP
Here are three things to watch in the Arizona Wildcats’ game vs. UTEP at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas (Friday, 7:15 p.m., ESPN), plus a score prediction and some pertinent preview links:
Arizona might have to fight to keep Cienega quarterback Jamarye Joiner committed, but Wildcats need him
The Arizona Wildcats have a quarterback problem right now, and the solution might just be 30 minutes down Interstate 10.
Cienega’s Jamarye Joiner is perhaps the best quarterback in Tucson since Sahuaro’s Rodney Peete was here 34 years ago and he is, for now at least, committed to the UA.
Dawkins keeps starting QB job for Arizona’s visit to UTEP
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Brandon Dawkins is expected to start at quarterback when Arizona visits UTEP a week after he was replaced in a loss to Houston with an explanation that seemed to fall somewhere between injury and ineffectiveness.
Coach Rich Rodriguez figured the question was coming heading into a Friday night renewal of a long-ago rivalry in the Wildcats' first regular-season trip to El Paso since they were in the WAC with the Miners 40 years ago.
Greg Hansen: Victory slipped through Arizona Wildcats’ fingers when QB overthrew receiver
The anatomy of a lost night in 31 seconds:
With 2:26 remaining in the third quarter of Saturday’s Arizona-Houston game, the Wildcats recaptured the momentum and quarterback Brandon Dawkins was the dominant player on the field.
He had completed 6 of 7 passes in a sharp 82-yard drive that reached Houston’s 5-yard line. The Cougars led 19-10, but unless something fully unexpected happened — unless Dawkins got hurt — it felt like a game Arizona would ultimately win.
Arizona Wildcats rewind: Five takeaways from the UA’s 19-16 loss to Houston
Every Monday throughout the season, we’ll take a look back at the Arizona Wildcats’ previous game after re-watching the TV broadcast and present five key takeaways. Here are the five from the UA’s 19-16 loss to Houston on Saturday night:
Notes, quotes and stats from the Arizona Wildcats’ 19-16 loss to Houston
The Arizona Wildcats lost to Houston 19-16 Saturday night at Arizona Stadium. Here are some pertinent notes, quotes and statistics from the game:
The Wildcats rushed for 506 yards and 7 TDs in their 62-24 win over Northern Arizona. While no individual rushed for 100 yards, eight different Wildcats rushed for 30 or more yards. Including last year’s season finale vs. Arizona State (511 yards/7 TDs), Arizona has rushed for 1,017 yards and 14 TDs the last two games. Senior QB Brandon Dawkins has rushed for 275 yards on 19 carries (14.5 avg) the last two games. Junior S Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles had two interceptions in the season-opening win. He had two of Arizona’s eight total interceptions all of last year. Junior WR Shun Brown had a 66-yard punt return for Arizona’s first touchdown of the season. The 66 return yards were more than the 56 yards UA totaled on all punt returns over 12 games last season.
Notes and takeaways from Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez’s weekly news conference Monday afternoon at the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility:
* Rodriguez said senior receiver Cam Denson didn’t play against Northern Arizona because he’s “still a little bit nicked up.” Denson suffered a foot injury in spring, and Rodriguez said he hasn’t been fully healthy since training camp started. Denson is week to week. Rodriguez didn’t rule out the possibility of the Tucson product redshirting.
Arizona Wildcats rewind: Five takeaways from the UA’s 62-24 victory over NAU
Every Monday throughout the season, we’ll take a look back at the Arizona Wildcats’ previous game after re-watching the TV broadcast and present five key takeaways. Here are the five from the UA’s season-opening 62-24 victory over Northern Arizona on Saturday night:
Arizona Wildcats’ QB hierarchy becomes clearer, but questions linger about pass game’s effectiveness
Late Saturday night, a reporter asked Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez to assess the Wildcats’ passing game.
“Ours?” Rodriguez responded. “Was there one?”
Rodriguez was only semi-joking. The UA didn’t throw the ball very much, or very effectively, in its season-opening 62-24 victory over Northern Arizona.
Report card: Grades for the Arizona Wildcats’ 62-24 victory over NAU
The grades are in for the Arizona Wildcats’ 62-24 victory over NAU in the season opener Saturday night at Arizona Stadium:
Arizona rolls over Northern Arizona 62-24
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona closed last season by running for more than 500 yards and opened this season by doing the same thing.
The defense? Still needs a little work.
Brandon Dawkins accounted for three touchdowns and Arizona ran for 506 yards to offset some defensive breakdowns in a season-opening, 62-24 victory over Northern Arizona on Saturday night.