The Huskies are off the field following their Friday practice here at UW. There are two more here before the team leaves for Las Vegas on Monday. No real news today — we did not talk to Husky coach Steve Sarkisian so nothing from him.
It was out last chance to talk to UW players before the team leaves for Las Vegas, and one popular subject was QB Keith Price, who handled a number of different interview requests.
Price never missed any time this season due to injuries. But the break from the regular season to bowl game should enable him to shake off the wear-and-tear of the season. Asked if he feels better now, he smiled and said: “Oh man, I’ll be ready.”
Price, in fact, talked candidly about the struggles of his season, saying it has taught him a lot about how to handle adversity.
“I wouldn’t change this year for anything, not even the Heisman Trophy,” he said. “Because it’s bettered me as a person and I truly appreciate it because I never had to deal with anything like this.”
Price also said that he has often this season turned to former UW QB coach and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier for advice. Price, in fact, said he has continued to talk regularly with Nussmeier saying “he hits me up after every game usually and we chat sometimes.”
Nussmeier had been at UW since the beginning of Price’s career before leaving for Alabama following the 2011 season.
“It was a bit different at first just trying to adjust to things,” Price said. “But it’s been the same. Coach Sark is still calling the plays. But you start to appreciate somebody more when they are gone and you don’t notice how much they have done for you until they are gone. He developed me and he’s always been a great mentor to me.’’
While much was made of Price’s struggles this season, and especially the interception on the final offensive play of the Apple Cup, it’s also worth recalling that he threw for nine touchdowns against just one interception in the final three games, completing 66 of 96 pass attempts..
“I believe these last couple of months I’ve started to get it back,” Price said. “The ball just hasn’t bounced the way I wanted it to bounce.”
You can watch video of some of Price’s group session below:
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