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October 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM

UW’s Keith Price: ‘I’m preparing myself as if I’m starting’

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Washington senior quarterback Keith Price after practice on Wednesday:

(on his thumb injury) I’m not going to use the thumb as an excuse. If I’m healthy enough, if I’m out there to play, then I’m healthy enough to make the throws. I would never do anything to jeopardize our team’s chances of winning.

(How beneficial have last couple days been?) It’s been amazing. Rehabbing relentlessly. I’ve been living in the training room. So I’ve been doing the best that I can to try get my body as healthy as I can.

(Do you expect to play Saturday?) I’m preparing, I’m preparing. I’m not sure. It depend on Coach Sark and how he feels, but I’m preparing myself as if I’m starting.

(on Miles) Cyler’s an athletic guy. A good athlete. Can spin the ball good. I’ve just been doing my best to try to help him out with certain looks. He’s still a young guy, so a lot of things are confusing to him. So if he needs any questions, he knows he can ask me. … He’s doing an awesome job of preparing.

(How do you rehab a thumb?) A lot of things. Heat, stem, icing. It’s a process. It’s a long process. Obviously your hand is very important, especially quarterbacks. Just a little bit of swelling affects you. So it’s a major injury on a quarterback, but I’m going to keep rehabbing it and keep preparing as if I’m going to start.

(How important is it for you in these last five games to right this ship?) It’s important, man. It’s important. We’re capable of doing it. We have a good team, a very talented team. So it’s going to be fun. These next couple ballgames are going to be fun, and we’re going to learn a lot about ourselves.

(on communication with offensive line) It’s good. It’s good. Nothing’s ever changed. Their practicing hard and their coming out here putting their best foot forward. There’s nothing that I could say or do to kind of put a pep in their step; they already know what they need to accomplish. Coach Cozzetto’s been doing an awesome job coaching those guys up. They know what they need to do in order for us to be successful.

(Cozzetto said, if he was in your shoes, he wouldn’t trust the line either with the way it played Saturday) They know. They know. They know. A lot of guys, they’re coming up to me and kind of apologizing. I told ‘em, ‘Man, it’s football.’ It’s not like it hasn’t happened to me before or anything like that. I know how to deal with it. But, hey, it’s not all on them. There’s a couple times where I could’ve thrown the ball away; there (were) guys open. I remember I had a post route screaming wide open and I dropped my eyes and took a sack. So it’s not all on them. It’s on all of us.



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