Six Arizona Wildcats earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention Tuesday, but no members of the conference’s most productive offense received first- or second-team recognition.
The six Wildcats honored by the league’s coaches were offensive linemen Jacob Alsadek and Nathan Eldridge; quarterback Khalil Tate; tailback Nick Wilson; return specialist Shun Brown; and linebacker Colin Schooler.
Arizona led the Pac-12 in scoring, total offense and rushing offense.
Alsadek and Eldridge started all 12 games for the Wildcats at right guard and center, respectively. Arizona has allowed the fewest sacks in the league (15).
Despite starting only seven games, Tate ranks fifth in the conference in rushing (1,353 yards). He’s sixth in passing efficiency. Tate won an unprecedented four consecutive Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week awards in October. But he didn’t play a full season, and his total body of work couldn’t quite match that of all-league selections Sam Darnold (USC) and Josh Rosen (UCLA).
Wilson, a senior, has rushed for 585 yards and six touchdowns in 10 games.
Brown ranks second in the Pac-12 in punt-return average at 12.9 yards per attempt. He has two touchdowns. The coaches bypassed him for Utah’s Boobie Hobbs, who has a 10.7-yard average and zero TDs.
Schooler, a true freshman, is tied for 13th in the conference in tackles (88) and tied for fourth in stops for losses (13.5). He is considered the favorite for Defensive Freshman of the Year, which will be announced later today.
Other Wildcats deserving of some league recognition included cornerbacks Jace Whittaker and Lorenzo Burns. Whittaker is fourth in the league in passes defensed (13) and tied for fifth in interceptions (three). Burns leads the league in picks (five) and is tied for fifth in passes defensed (12).