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October 22, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Price is right QB to help prepare for Ducks

Keith Price, the first player to commit to the Huskies for the Class of 2008, took a brief detour to Oregon last November during a time when he wasn’t sure what the future held with Washington’s coaching situation.
“When all that mess happened (the firing of Tyrone Willingham), I opened up my recruiting again,” said Price. And that included a trip to Oregon, where the Ducks talked to a guy often compared in style with Dennis Dixon about maybe being the next Jeremiah Masoli.
When Steve Sarkisian was hired a few weeks later, however, Price reaffirmed his commitment to UW (and Oregon never did make an official offer).
“I wanted to play in the Pac-10,” he said. “It really didn’t matter where. A lot of people said that (Oregon) wold have fit my playing style. But I knew that in order to get to the NFL it would require a pro-style offense, so that’s why I’m here.”
So this week, instead of backing up Masoli, he’s emulating him in practice as the Huskies prepare for the Ducks, wearing Masoli’s No. 8 and running the spread option offense.
“That’s my job just to imitate Masoli try to give the defense the best look I can,” he said after Tuesday’s practice, adding that “I had a pretty decent day. There were a couple of throws I should have made that I’m pretty sure Masoli would have made, so I’ve just got to do a better job of that.”
Price, from St. John Bosco High in Compton, Calif., is also working on his future, however, while he also helps the Huskies prepare for the present.
After getting a good look at his throwing motion, UW coaches recently decided to change it a little bit.
“They just brought down my release,” he said. “My release was kind of high and they rbought it down, kind of 90 degrees so, and I’m throwing the ball more accurate.”
Said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier: “Keith is an over-the-top thrower and he tended to get a little stiff and lock his front hip a little bit. So we’re just trying to work to get his motion, instead of being up-and-down, being out in front and throwing more fluid so he doesn’t get herky-jerky.”
Nussmeier said he thinks the change is going well..
“I’m really happy with what Keith has done,” Nussmeier said. “He is still learning what college football is all about, as all freshman are. But he’s got a good work ethic. He has really good feet and a really god release and if we continue to work on that stuff — the quickness of his release is really good, so if we can modify it a little bit on where the launch point is, I think he will be real successful.”

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