That’s what it says in this piece today by ESPN’s Ivan Maisel, reporting that UW coach Steve Sarkisian dialed up his former boss, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, on Monday for advice on the best way to tell his team of his decision on a starting quarterback.
The story quotes Sarkisian as telling Carroll that, “I know what I feel. I know what I want. How do you get it all across?”
While I’ve seen other reports on this story making it seem as if Sarkisian has already picked a starter, Maisel’s original piece doesn’t necessarily indicate that in my reading of it (he may have, but the story doesn’t directly say that, just that he sought advice on the best way to tell the team).
But if Sarkisian is close to naming a starter, based on all recent evidence it would be Keith Price rather than Nick Montana. Price entered the spring with a slight lead due to his experience, and appears to have done nothing to lose it. Price has seemed to be more consistent throughout spring, and had one of his best days in Saturday’s scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.
After that scrimmage, Sarkisian for the first time all spring placed one QB ahead of another when talking about the position, mentioning Price first when asked a general question about which players stood out, then later saying that: “He (Price) threw the ball down the field well. I thought his pocket presence was good moving around in the pocket. And his command. I thought Nick did some nice things as well. But through it all I thought Keith showed some real pocket presence and then his ability to create with his feet and allow plays to develop even longer and then make some plays.”
Price was unofficially 15-23 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns, without a turnover, in that scrimmage.
Also Saturday, Sarkisian said again that he hadn’t set a timetable for when he would make a decision, saying he would do it when it felt right — apparently meaning it didn’t have to wait if he decided the time was right.
The ESPN piece references USC’s 2003 decision between Matt Leinart and Matt Cassell, when the Trojans named Leinart as the starter at the end of the spring.
Sarkisian has said several times in recent weeks that he feels there is a need for greater leadership on the offense with the graduation of Jake Locker, the unquestioned leader of the entire team most of his four years at UW. He may want to name a starter heading into the off-season to make it easier for some leadership to emerge.
Sarkisian, though, has also said consistently that given the nature of college football today, his full expectation is that the Huskies would need both QBs at some point during the 2011 season regardless of who is eventually named the starter.
UW is scheduled to practice today at Husky Stadium at 4 p.m. and Sarkisian will meet the media afterward, as he does following every spring practice.