UW quarterback Keith Price met with the media after practice today.
And for anyone who might worry that his struggles the last two weeks have dented his confidence, he said not to fret.
“I’m fine. I’m fine,” he said. “I haven’t lost any confidence. I’m still running around here and I’m still preparing better than I ever have. I know that hard work is going to pay off and I know it’s going to pay off all the stuff I did over the summer and all the stuff I’m doing right now. I know it’s going to pay off.”
And that “stuff” he is doing right now includes lots of extra work on ball security drills — Price has lost three fumbles the last two weeks. He’s also thrown four interceptions, though two were tipped.
“The turnovers, man, is what’s been killing me right now,” he said. “If I just eliminate those, it’s going to be fun.”
Price said he went through the team’s “gauntlet” drill today, where ball carries run through a line of players trying to strip the ball. He said he only lost the ball once.
Asked what he thinks has been the issue with the fumbles, he said “just not feeling guys around me and not being high and tight with the ball and getting down when I need to.”
Asked how to fix it, he said: “Being high and tight with the football and not carrying it like a loaf of bread. A lot of times when I get out of the pocket I’ve got the ball out here (in front of him), I’ve been like that since Pop Warner because I’m willing to throw the ball at any time. And when I do decide to tuck and run it I need to be more secure with the ball and I’ve been exposed the past two weeks.”
In the days since the loss to USC, UW coach Steve Sarkisian has emphasized the good that Price did in the game, such as completing 16 straight passes in one stretch and 20-28 overall.
Price, though, said it’s not easy to just forget the plays that got away.
“It’s definitely harder because when you feel you are playing well and just some turnovers that really, really cost your team, everybody kind of forgets about the stuff you did good and look at the stuff that’s glaring,” he said. “I remember more bad than good. That’s just the nature of me. I’m not caught up in what I did good but always work on the stuff I need to get better at and turnovers is the thing I need to get better at right now.”
Price said he’s heard from some of his former teammates, such as Chris Polk, who have offered him words of encouragement.
“Chris is telling me ‘just stay in there,”’ Price said. “He knows it’s a rough time. He tells me that all good players go through this, so I’m just grinding, man. Just grinding away and just trying to stay positive through it all.”
As for this week’s game at Arizona, the UW offense knows this game is being portrayed as a possible shootout with the Wildcats featuring the No. 3 scoring offense in the Pac-12 (37 points per game) and the No. 11 scoring defense (allowing 32.7 per game).
“We definitely plan on scoring a lot of points,” Price said. “We know that they are going to score so we know that we kind of have to match that. Obviously our defense is doing a little bit better than last year so we don’t have to rely on ourselves to score every possession, so that’s always nice.”
Here’s some video of what Price had to say today:
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