Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said he’ll make a decision on the Huskies’ starting quarterback after practice Thursday morning.
Keith Price was limited again at practice Wednesday, Sarkisian said, as the senior quarterback continues to rehab an injured right thumb. If Price is unable to play, Sarkisian said he wouldn’t hesitate to call on Cyler Miles for the redshirt freshman’s first start against California on Saturday night.
“I’ll be really comfortable if Cyler plays,” Sarkisian said, “and we won’t be limited at all.”
Price said he has been rehabbing his thumb “relentlessly” this week. “I’ve been living in the training room.”
Asked if he planned to start Saturday, Price said: “I’m preparing, I’m preparing. I’m not sure. It depends on Coach Sark and how he feels, but I’m preparing myself as if I’m starting.”
Price is also mentoring Miles. The two spent about a half-hour Tuesday going over specific cut-ups of Cal film as Miles continues to learn how to dissect a defense.
“Cyler’s an athletic guy. A good athlete. Can spin the ball good,” Price said. “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 (has) any questions, he knows he can ask me. … He’s doing an awesome job of preparing.”
Miles, a former four-star recruit out of Centennial, Colo., is listed at 6-foot-4 and 213 pounds. He has appeared in three games this season in mop-up duty, relieving the injured Price early in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss at Arizona State.
“I try to prepare the same every week, no matter what the outlook is,” Miles said. “I just do what I have to do every day, and whatever happens, happens on Saturday.
“I’m really just learning how to break down film of the opposing team,” he added. “It can be hard for a young guy to really know what you’re watching, getting lost in watching a team and watching a good game, but really breaking down a defense. And Keith does a great job with me. We have a great time and learn a lot with it.”