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November 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Sarkisian: UW’s Keith Price ‘vastly improved’

UW's Keith Price. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW’s Keith Price. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

On Saturday, Keith Price had trouble putting his shirt on, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said.

By Thursday morning, when Price worked out for the first time this week during a chilly morning practice, the senior quarterback looked “vastly improved” in throwing the ball despite an ailing right shoulder.

Sarkisian, however, wasn’t ready after practice Thursday to announce a starting quarterback for Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. game at Oregon State (ESPN2). Redshirt freshman Cyler Miles has been preparing all week to make his first start.

“I’m going to really monitor how (Price’s shoulder) feels tomorrow and the how it can potentially improve Saturday, Saturday night for the game,” Sarkisian said. “But I was, I don’t want to say I was pleasantly surprised, but I was encouraged that he was able to go out and throw the ball the way he did. …

“Keith has done a lot of great things here, Cyler is going to do a lot of great things here, and whoever takes the field Saturday night, ultimately it’s going to be who gives us the best chance to be successful.”

Sarkisian hasn’t ruled out the scenario of having Price available as an emergency option, similar to two years ago when Nick Montana started against Oregon State in Corvallis and Price, nursing a leg injury, came off the bench in the fourth quarter.

“Everything’s on the table,” Sarkisian said.

Sarkisian added that linebacker John Timu, left tackle Micah Hatchie and safety Will Shamburger should all be “good to go” against Oregon State. All three had been dealing with various injuries.

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