Heisman Rankings 2018: Top 20 Heisman Trophy candidates

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Khalil Tate
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Khalil Tate is one of the more exciting players in college football, and while we have gotten a taste of his exploits in recent years, the 2018 season will be a true breakout one for the Arizona quarterback. Tate can run and throw, and in a Pac-12 that should be wide open this upcoming season, he and his Wildcats could surprise everyone.

Tate started his career with the Wildcats two years ago, when he was only 17-years old. He played sparingly during his freshman year at Arizona, and when the 2017 season came around, he was still second on the depth chart, this time behind Brandon Dawkins.

When Dawkins went down due to injury, Tate stepped right in, putting together highlight reel play after highlight reel play. In his first start against Colorado, Tate rushed for an FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 327 yards. He won the conference Player of the Week after that performance, and then followed it up with three more Player of the Week nods in a row.

In fact, Tate played so well last season that Sports Illustrated recently rated him as the best quarterback in the country. The Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year, Tate accounted for 26 touchdowns last season, and with a full year of starting under his belt, he could get that number into the 40 range by the time it is all said and done this Fall.