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October 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

UW’s Sarkisian says no decision yet on Keith Price’s availability for Cal

Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price warms up before facing the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)

Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price warms up before facing the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)

Keith Price did not make any practice warmup throws early Tuesday, and coach Steve Sarkisian said afterward that it’s unclear if the senior quarterback will be available for Saturday night’s game against California at Husky Stadium.

Price aggravated a thumb injury on his throwing hand last Saturday in UW’s loss at Arizona State.

“We don’t know yet,” Sarkisian said, when asked about Price’s status in the Pac-12 coaches’ call. “We’re going to monitor him throughout the week. Obviously, we’re hopeful that he can play, but are fortunate (that) we’ve recruited that position very well with Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams all behind him.

“We’re hopeful Keith can go and is healthy enough to go, but that decision has yet to be made.”

If Price doesn’t play, Sarkisian said the Huskies won’t have to make any significant schematic changes for Miles or one of the other backup quarterbacks.

“No, we’ll run our offense,” he said. “Those guys have been operating the system all throughout spring and training camp and obviously throughout the season, so they’ll be fine.

Sarkisian was asked if the Huskies are “angry” coming off their most lopsided loss of the season.

“I don’t know if angry is the right word,” he said. “I think that they were surprised that they didn’t go out and perform the way we’re capable of performing, and I think (there’s) anger at the result, sure. I think that this team, as I’ve said numerous times, is a very mature team.

“We played really good teams the last three weeks in Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State. They’re all very good teams and we fought like crazy in the first two and for whatever reason against Arizona State, that same competitive fire just wasn’t there. The execution just wasn’t there. We’ve done some soul searching here the last 48 hours and looked ourselves in the mirror. We’ll be ready to go. This group is mature enough to understand the constructive criticism needed to improve, and I think they’ll respond great Saturday night.”

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