(1090 The Fan) — With a critical game coming up Saturday versus Oregon State, the Washington Huskies will be using up every hour it possesses prior to the evening kickoff to determine just who will start at quarterback.
Huskies’ starting quarterback, Keith Price, was on the practice field Thursday participating in drills and throwing the football for the first time since injuring his shoulder late in the first half against UCLA last week. Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian is closely monitoring his progress and will make a decision on who will start, Friday.
“I thought Keith was vastly improved today,” Sarkisian said. “I’m going to really monitor how it feels for him [Friday] and then how it can potentially improve up until Saturday…I don’t want to say I was pleasantly surprised, but I was encouraged that he was able to go out and throw it the way he did.”
Price, a fifth-year senior, has started all 10 games for the Huskies this season. He has completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 2,662 yards and 19 touchdowns to go with just four interceptions. Since starting the season out conservatively, the Huskies have really begun pushing the ball down the field behind Price’s arm.
If Price doesn’t start Saturday, the nod will go to backup Cyler Miles who has seen action in four contests so far this year, including the entire second half in the loss to UCLA. In his limited time, Miles is 21 of 32 passing for 250 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Coach Sarkisian was likewise impressed with the work Miles has done all week as he has prepared for his first career start. Sarkisian sounds confident with either player starting against the Beavers.
“I thought he was really good,” answered Sarkisian when asked how Miles performed in practice Thursday morning. “I thought he was very accurate today, confident, which is where you would like your quarterback to be, whoever it is, on Thursday.”
The Huskies, of course, are still looking to take a big step forward with its football program after three straight 7-win campaigns. A win over the Beavers this weekend is paramount in that quest and Sarkisian knows it.
In all the frustration that the program is feeling over not being able to achieve the type of success that it feels it is ready for, Sarkisian knows they are one win away from reaching that level.
“Like anything, when you can get one then it’s a little easier to get two, then three…It all becomes contagious,” Sarkisian said. “We’ve got to get one first and then we can worry about the rest.”
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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