Contenders: Brandon Dawkins (redshirt junior, 6-3, 210 pounds), Khalil Tate (sophomore, 6-2, 215)
Others competing: Donavan Tate (freshman, 6-2, 207), K’Hari Lane (freshman, 6-1, 245), Rhett Rodriguez (freshman, 6-0, 186)
The past: Dawkins led Arizona in rushing last season (944 yards, 10 touchdowns) and added 1,348 passing yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions on a 53.8 completion percentage. As Khalil Tate threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns and was intercepted three times while contributing 237 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Where it stands: Dawkins appears to be the leader in the clubhouse, though there’s still plenty of time to make up ground between now and Arizona’s opener. The reality is this is Dawkins’ fourth year in the system and Tate is still only 18 years old. Lane, Rodriguez and Donavan Tate are all competing for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Dawkins and Khalil Tate.
Coachspeak: “To say one’s ahead of the other, I wouldn’t say that. But they’re both competing well and then you got the young guys in there trying to mix it up and trying to close the gap as well. I won’t say one is ahead of the other because it’s still an open competition and we’ve still got some time left before we have to decide that.” — quarterbacks coach Rod Smith
He said it: “It’s always been the same mindset for me. I don’t care if you have me down as the three, the four, the 12, however many quarterbacks we bring in, I’m going to be battling like I’m trying to win the job.” — Dawkins