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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Video — UW QB Keith Price

It was a somewhat different Keith Price than UW fans have come to know who met the media today, the one time this week he will do so.

Price talked openly about the struggles of the past few weeks and what he has to do to try to fix them and get back to being the player he was last season, when he threw for a school-record 33 touchdown passes, among numerous standout stats.

Here’s the video of Price’s session, with quotes below:

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On if he is taking too much on his shoulders: :Yeah, I think so. I guess that’s just natural for a quarterback. Against good teams, you can’t turn the ball over three times and expect to win the ball game.”

On what he saw watching the film: “There’s nothing good about losing by 30 points. It was just as bad. There were some reads that I messed up on, that I wish I could’ve had back. I’ve just got to do better, and I’ll do better next week.”

On what happened on the missed reads: “Just trying to do too much, trying to make a play that’s not there. It’s sticking to my camp rules and just being disciplined.”

On how different it is this year being under constant pressure: “Oh, yeah, definitely. It’s definitely a different ball game. I have to kind of channel my emotions, learn to just be disciplined. When things aren’t going good, it’s just trying to stick to the system and not try to do my own thing and try and make things up.”

On different personnel around him leading to the off year: “There’s no excuses as to why I’m off. I just have to play better. Obviously, we want those guys back, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I have to come up with a different way of being successful.”

On what are camp rules: “Just simple reads. Being on one side of the field against a certain coverage. The system has an answer to a lot of defenses. And I’ve been getting away from that; I got away from that last week, and it cost our team.”

On why that would happen this year and not last year as a first-year player: “Trying to make up. Trying to make up for all the things that I’ve lost. I’m just trying to press too hard instead of letting the system work for me and just letting guys make plays for me.”

On having to forget about last year: “Oh, yeah, definitely. We’ve definitely got to forget about last year. This is a different offense than last year. Obviously, we’ve had some very important injuries for us – up front, James Johnson was supposed to be big for us, Jesse Callier. So it’s definitely different. It’s a different challenge.”

On adjusting to the offensive line: Actually, they’re getting a lot better. Last week, I think we only gave up one sack. That’s a credit to Coach (Dan) Cozzetto, and that’s a credit to our offensive line. They’re taking pride in their pass blocking. I congratulated them the day of the game. I told them: ‘Hey, great job. I just have to play better for you guys.’ Hopefully, we can put everything together – our running game, our new pass protection, and hopefully we can get the passing game going this week.”

On the chemistry with the O-linemen: “It’s a bit different. The receivers, I can talk to them a certain way than I have to talk to my offensive linemen, of course. But they understand the task at hand, and they understand that protecting me is a key to our success. And I think they’re taking more pride in that.”

On his first touchdown pass at USC: “Oh man I was excited. My first touchdown pass back at home, I will never forget it. But now I’ve got a different task of being the starter. We got blown out last year so hopefully we can bounce back this year.”

On the process of getting back to where he was a year ago: “I’ve just got to focus on myself. I think that’s been the theme all year is not worrying about everyone else. It’s so hard to do and I’ve been struggling with that and I have to enjoy the game. I don’t think I’ve been enjoying the game the past couple of weeks. I haven’t been playing with the same passion as last year and the same people, the same confidence, the same swagger. I’ve got to get back to that and I just met with coach (Steve Sarkisian) earlier and I agree with him and he agrees with what I just said, and just me getting back to the way that I play football and having fun and not worrying about being a coach on the field and letting the coaches do the coaching and letting me do the playing. I’m just anxious to get back to that and you guys are going to see a lot of that this week.”

On trying not to worry too much: “Oh yeah definitely and I think I’ve been pressing too hard and trying not be something that I am not. I can feel myself being too serious instead of my carefree attitude, and just getting back to that. and I think guys respond better when I am like that. When guys see me tense up that’s how our team is offensively and defensively and they look at me. It was funny because Princeton Fuimaono came up to yesterday like ‘hey man, what is up with you? You don’t seem like yourself.’ And I know if guys are noticing that then I am doing a bad job of it.”

On how to get the swagger back: “Getting going, just getting going. I don’t feel like we have that rhythm that we had last year, that just consistent rhythm of just moving the ball at will and scoring touchdowns in the red zone at will and part of that is on me, you know what I mean? Just not doing too much and having fun and just making sure that the guys around me are believing in the system and believing in me. And I don’t want them to feel intimidated by me being frustrated, or them getting nervous or thinking that I am mad at them when I am frustrated. So it’s just me getting back to being me and leading the way I know how to lead. It’s hard to truly have fun when you are frustrated and I just need to go back to playing the way that I know how to play and sticking to my rules and keeping it easy and when you have a completion, just complete the ball and if I have a stick route, don’t throw it two feet above the guy, and just getting back to the way that I know how to play football.”

On if he has snapped at anybody: “Not really. I haven’t really snapped on too many people, but it’s just the way that I’ve been carrying myself, that confidence, that confidence level and just knowing that ‘hey, we are going to score, we are going to score at will and there is nothing that the team can do to stop us.’ And we need that as an offense. That’s what I’ve been missing and I can’t expect anybody else to have if it I don’t have it, that mentality. But it will get better. I feel a lot better, a lot more confidence and things will change this week.”

On what the proper reaction is when things go wrong: “Let the coaches handle it, I’m just going to let the coaches handle that and I am just going to continue to play my game, and when things do break down I have to make plays and make more plays for this team and just having fun doing it and enjoying what I do, and I don’t think that’s what I’ve been doing the past couple of weeks is really enjoying what I do. All the work I have put in over the off-season and during the in-season, I’m sure it will pay off, and I’ve just been having a though break of it these past couple of weeks. But I will get back on the horse.”

On how he needs to play: “I think I am at my best when I am relaxed and not worried about everybody else around me, that’s when I’m at my best. When I am worried about ‘hey, is he going to do the right thing?’ and worried about my protection and then trying to worry about about what the defense is doing to me, I just need to cancel out all of those components and just stick to what I see and stick to my preparations and just make those plays when I need to make those plays.”

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