Keith Price, getting his first start this week for UW with Jake Locker out, was an obvious subject for a story this week. So here’s my contribution.
In a few items that didn’t make it into the paper:
— Price (seen right in an AP photo) noted he’s been to Autzen before for a recruiting visit, and that he’s already been hearing from some Oregon fans. “I’ve already been getting messages, you know. I can already see it coming, but I’m going to try and tune all that stuff out.”
— Asked who the messages are from, he said: “Some of the Oregon fans, I don’t even know who they are. They’re getting in contact with me, I don’t know. I guess they’re texting me, trying to send me Facebook (messages). I don’t know how they got (my cell phone number).”
— Of having to get his first start at Autzen, he said: “Oh yeah, I’m going to go out there and just have fun and play, just like high school. … I’ve got a lot of family watching the game, excited. I almost thought they heard the news before me. Everybody is excited.”
— Price talked about the move during junior high to live with his grandmother in Long Beach: “It was rough hanging out with the wrong crowd of guys, and my parents didn’t like that too much, so they moved me over with my “Memaw” in Long Beach. I was able to attend private school and kind of change my life and play sports.”
— He also talked of the obligation he felt with his family paying for him to attend private schools: “Keeping my grades up, I had a problem with that my first two years of high school. I wanted to pay them back for what they’ve done for me. That was my main goal.”
— He also talked of trying to instill faith in his teammates this week: “I try and rub off on my offensive linemen, just trying to make them have faith in me. It’s kind of rough when you go from a guy the caliber of Jake, to me – like, “Who are you?” They’re having fun with me. You can tell on the practice field.”
— On why he chose UW over Oregon and Arizona State: “I just liked the coaching staff, and I felt comfortable with the players here on my official visit, and we bonded well. Oregon and Arizona State were the next ones.”
— On what he’s focusing on this week: “I’m just trying to get my reads down, and been watching a lot of film this week – tons of it, just like every other week. That is just my main thing, going in there prepared and making sure my mind is not going a million other places, and stay focused. … I’m prepared. I’m ready.”
— On playing against USC: “I don’t know, I just couldn’t sleep USC week. Something told me – God told me, ‘Hey, you’re going to play, you got to be ready.’ I’ve been preparing like that ever since.”
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Times columnist Bud Withers, who worked in Eugene for much of the ’70s and ’80s, looks at the humble origins of the Oregon program.
— Gregg Bell of GoHuskies.com says it’s time for some “much-needed perspective” on Husky football. Also included is the updated TV info for the game.
— The Oregonian features Oregon kicker Rob Beard, who has yet to miss this season. UPDATE — And here’s the complete wrapup of everything Oregon from Ken Goe.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller picks Oregon to win, 62-13.
— Miller also looks at what to watch for in the Pac-10 this week.
— Here’s some video of Chip Kelly talking about the Huskies and a few other topics.
— The Eugene Register-Guard looks at UW’s season to date.
— The Portland Tribune has this overview of the game.
Finally, some other commitments will keep me away from having a live chat at noon today, but I will probably try for one later in the day, so check back on that.