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November 5, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Is Price’s the toughest first start ever for a UW QB?

While I sense many UW fans may find something else to do tomorrow, among the most intriguing aspects of the game for those who do watch is seeing Keith Price in full-scale action for the first time.
The redshirt freshman QB will make his first start in place of the injured Jake Locker, and it’s possible that no other UW QB has ever faced such a daunting task in his debut.
Price will be the first QB to start a game for UW other than Locker since Ronnie Fouch stepped in for a similarly injured Locker at Arizona on Oct. 4, 2008. That was no easy task, either, as UW was 0-4 with talk already swirling about the imminent firing of Tyrone Willingham. Fouch was 12-28 for 181 yards and one touchdown as the Huskies lost 48-14. Tough, but not quite what Price faces tomorrow.
Locker’s first start came in the 2007 season opener at Syracuse when he led UW to a 42-12 victory, running 10 times for 83 yards and completing 14-19 passes for 142 yards.
A few years ago, the UW Sports Information Department compiled a list of all the first starts for Husky QBs, so I’ll present it again here.
First, here are UW QBs, going back to 1975, who made their first start in a season-opening game, followed by their class year, date, opponent, their passing numbers, and the score.
Name Yr. D Date Opponent A-C-I-Yds-TD Result
Casey Paus Jr. 9/5/04 Fresno State 39-18-3-183-0 L, 16-35
Cody Pickett So. 9/8/01 Michigan 22-13-0-199-0 W, 23-18
Shane Fortney Jr. 9/7/96 at Arizona St. 17-8-0-96-1 L, 42-45
Damon Huard So. 9/4/93 Stanford 23-14-0-174-3 W, 31-14
Billy Joe Hobert So. 9/7/91 at Stanford 31-21-1-244-2 W, 42-7
Mark Brunell So. 9/8/90 San Jose St. 27-7-1-66-1 W, 20-17
Cary Conklin Jr. 9/10/88 at Purdue 18-5-3-57-1 W, 20-6
Hugh Millen Jr. 9/8/84 Northwestern 23-11-1-103-0 W, 26-0
Tim Cowan Jr. 9/12/81 Pacific 17-12-2-168-1 W, 34-14
Tom Porras Jr. 9/9/78 UCLA 15-9-2-89-1 L, 7-10
Warren Moon So. 9/13/75 at Arizona St. 23-12-0-121-0 L, 12-35
And here are QBs who made their first starts in non-season openers:
Name Yr. D Date Opponent A-C-I-Yds-TD Result
Isaiah Stanback So. 10/23/04 at USC 16-3-0-27-0 L, 0-38
Carl Bonnell RFr. 10/2/04 at Stanford 25-9-1-118-0 L, 13-27
M. Tuiasosopo Fr. 11/8/97 Oregon 30-15-1-261-1 L, 28-31
Brock Huard RFr. 9/21/96 Arizona 31-20-1-311-3 W, 31-17
Chris Chandler So. 11/16/85 USC 32-19-0-197-2 W, 20-17
Steve Pelluer So. 9/26/81 at Oregon 17-10-0-75-0 W, 17-3
Tom Flick So. 11/25/78 at Wash. St. 6-4-1-65-2 W, 38-8
As I mentioned earlier this week, the situation most comparable to Price’s may be that of Stanback in 2004. Stanback got his start after he had played well in relief the previous week against Oregon State, and with UW coach Keith Gilbertson trying to find someone to solidify that position after Casey Paus and Carl Bonnell had earlier gotten starts (and Bonnell then gotten hurt, which further disrupted the situation).
Like Oregon is now, USC was No. 1 in the country that week, and you can see that the result wasn’t pretty as Stanback was 3-16 for 27 yards in a 38-0 loss — at the time, UW’s first shutout since 1981 (tough he did help lead the Huskies into position for a couple of field goal attempts that went awry).
Otherwise, given the fact that for most of the years in that period the Huskies were in much better overall shape than they are now, it’s hard to find any other QB who had it as rough as Price may tomorrow.

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