Corvallis, OR. -- Oregon State is prepping to face one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the Pac-12 conference, in Arizona's Khalil Tate this weekend.
Last year when the Wildcats visited Reser Stadium, the Beavers' defense was able to hold Tate to negative nine yards on the ground. However, through the air was were he did his damage. He passed for 152 yards, and two touchdowns in the Beavs' 35-14 loss.
While OSU secondary has still been a big question mark on their defense, their front seven has been causing problems for every team they've played so far. Led by redshirt junior linebacker, Hamilcar Rashed Jr. who leads the conference in sacks and tackles for a loss, Oregon State hopes to contain Tate just like the rest of the competition.
"We got to be sound in our run fits and we have to account for tate every time he's out there," said defensive coordinator, Tim Tibesar. "Cause you know he can pull it down. I mean you see the one he had last week against stanford. He pulls it down and takes it off and goes 50 yards. It look like he was shot out of a cannon. I mean and just speed. He's one of the faster players in our league and so we have to be really assignment sharp and stop him before he gets lose in both. You know in both run fits and in the pocket cause he created when it's been a pass play and pulled it down and taken off and been able to make some big plays."
So far this season, Tate has recorded 1,528 passing yards for 12 touchdowns, and rushed for 309 yards and three touchdowns.
Oregon State kicks-off against the Wildcats November 2nd, at 1:30 p.m. The game is set to air on the Pac-12 network.