Keith Price last year pretty much blew away Washington’s single-season records for completion percentage (66.9) and pass efficiency en route to what might have been the best statistical season in school history.
So what’s the No. 1 thing he’s working on this spring?
“Accuracy,” he said earlier this week.
No, really, that’s what Price said.
When I pressed him on that, Price said that while the numbers may indicate that accuracy would be among the least of his worries, there’s lots of room for improvement.
“Guys were making plays for me, too,” he said. “A lot of those balls weren’t always great balls.”
So what specifics of accuracy is he working on?
“Just making sure that I’m hitting that target every time,” he said. “A couple times, even if they catch the ball, I know that my ball placement could be wrong and it always bugs me. I’m a perfectionist so I just feel like the ball has to be perfect every time.”
Price said he’s also found it a little tougher going at times this year against a new-look UW defense giving him a lot of new looks.
“It’s definitely different just trying to read it out,” he said of the UW defense, which is incorporating a lot more 3-4 into its scheme under new coordinator Justin Wilcox. “The different looks, I haven’t seen these kinds of looks before, so it’s new to me and it’s getting me better. It doesn’t get any harder than this. I’m not sure what pressures they are bringing. Some of the plays aren’t scripted, so it’s just you playing. Hopefully they can sustain that and we can pick up our level on offense.”
The defense particularly got the better of the offense last Saturday during the most extended live action of the spring, a time when Price was working behind an offensive line that didn’t feature anyone at the same spot that they started a year ago, and also with new starters at two receiving spots and tailback.
But Price said he thinks all the new parts on offense are beginning to come along.
“It’s starting to get there,” he said,. “The defense brought it to us and they started creating turnovers. But I think our tempo is getting better and I think our offensive line is starting to understand our tempo and our young receivers are starting to understand our tempo.”
What’s been one of the best pieces of news for UW this spring is Price staying healthy throughout. He had well-documented health issues most of last season that make his numbers all that more remarkable. He also later revealed that he was down to roughly 185 pounds by the time the season ended.
But he says he’s up to about 195 now, with a plan to get to 205 by the season, which he says will hopefully make him more durable. The off-season also allowed his knees to recover, and he hasn’t seemed slowed in anyway throughout the spring, the Price remaining upright throughout.