For the first time in his college career, Washington quarterback Keith Price will make a second start in a road venue.
It was 2010 when Price got the first start of his career, taking the place of the injured Jake Locker when the Huskies lost at Autzen, 53-16. Price completed 14-28 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.
But UW coach Steve Sarkisian has often said the numbers didn’t do Price justice, as he said he was impressed with the poise Price showed in managing the offense that day — he didn’t throw an interception in the face of constant pressure. Obviously, the poise he showed that day foreshadowed what was to come for Price in 2011, when he shattered the Husky record book.
Asked after practice Wednesday what he remembers of that game, Price said: “How loud it was, that was the main thing. It was real loud in there, I could barely hear myself think.”
Price said he was more concerned with looking ahead to this week’s return trip to Oregon and preparing for the Ducks’ defense, which has accounted for 16 sacks in five games (UW has seven sacks in four games, by comparison).
“They have a variety of looks,” Price said. “They play an odd front, they bring pressures – boundary pressures, field pressures – a lot of zone coverages, a lot of man coverages on third down…so we’ve got to be prepared.”
Here’s a bit more from Price:
On getting a breakthrough against Oregon: “I hope so. We’re preparing. We’re going to take it like another game. We know they have a really good team and we have a pretty good team as well, so it’ll be a battle.”
On getting beat up against Stanford: “I actually feel good. Obviously I was sore a little bit after the game, took a couple of hard sacks – but I feel good. I’m not sore from that, no injuries, nothing is lingering on to this week. I feel good.”
On seeing more offense against Stanford after looking at the film: “Oh yeah, it’s just hard. They out-physicaled us up front. Obviously we’ve got to take care of that. We were just playing efficient football and getting the ball out my hands quick and guys were making plays.”
And here’s the video:
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