The Washington Huskies have a tough task in replacing Steve Sarkisian on a time budget.
A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Washington’s Steve Sarkisian has accepted the Southern California coaching job.
Cornerback Marcus Peters and his teammates will face their second consecutive major test when they try to corral Washington State’s pass-happy offense on Friday in the Apple Cup. For most of the season, Washington’s secondary was considered one of the top units in the Pac-12, but much of that was based off a strong first five games.
Washington still does not know whether quarterback Keith Price will start in Friday’s Apple Cup against rival Washington State, although his recovery from a shoulder injury is ahead of where he was a week ago.
Huskies’ starting quarterback, Keith Price, practiced Thursday, throwing the football for the first time since injuring his shoulder late in the first half against UCLA last Friday. Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian is closely monitoring his progress and will make a decision on who will start, Friday.
Every opportunity the program has had to seemingly take that proverbial “next step” has come and gone without being seized. Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian is tired of being “right there.” This week the Huskies are preparing for a sturdy test against an explosive Oregon State offense which is ranked second in the FBS with an average of 396.3 passing yards per game behind quarterback Sean Mannion and stalwart wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
Washington is preparing redshirt freshman quarterback Cyler Myles to make his first college start against Oregon State with the status of Keith Price uncertain.
UCLA (7-2, 4-2) is a program that head coach Jim Mora is trying to resurrect from the ashes. The Bruins are a team chock full of young, athletic and supremely talented players.
Keith Price threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as part of Washington’s huge first half on offense, and the Huskies routed Colorado 59-7 to become bowl eligible for the fourth straight season.
There is one month left in the regular season for Washington and the importance of how they finish this season hasn’t been lost on anyone. This was supposed to be the Huskies’ breakthrough season, one in which they overcame the mediocrity of 7-6 campaigns that the program has been mired in for the last three years.