Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said senior quarterback Keith Price practiced Thursday morning and “looked really good” two days before the Huskies (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) host Cal (1-6, 0-4) at Husky Stadium.
“I’d be surprised if he didn’t play (Saturday),” Sarkisian said of Price. “We had a plan for today of what we wanted to get done on the field and then looking at the film as a staff. So stick to the plan. But just off of first glimpse, real time, I thought he looked really good.”
UW took Monday off of practice, and Price didn’t practice on Tuesday or Wednesday with the rest of the team as he rehabs a thumb injury on his right (throwing) hand. Redshirt freshman quarterback Cyler Miles has also been preparing for his first opportunity to start.
“I think there’s some merit to that (time off for Price), not only from the thumb perspective but his overall mind — to clear his mind a little bit, watch Cyler play and watch Cyler do some good stuff,” Sarkisian said. “To come back today energized, I think there’s some merit to that, that that helped.”
Sarkisian said he didn’t give any thought to sitting Price this week and letting his thumb heal. UW has a bye next week.
“The thought’s to win the game,” Sarkisian said. “The thought’s to go win the game Saturday.”
Sarkisian was as brief as he’s been all season in his post-practice media availability. Asked about Cal’s defense, he cut off the question: “It’s not about Cal. It’s not about Cal. This is all about us.”