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November 4, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Huskies hope the Price is right — and other Thursday morning links

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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.

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