Keith Price ready to lead in 2013

CULVER CITY, Calif.-- Keith Price was primed for a huge 2012 after breaking the single-season touchdown passes record with 33 in 2011, a year in which he also set school records for completion percentage and pass efficiency.

Unfortunately for "Teeth" and crew, 2012 didn't pan out that way. Price threw 14 fewer touchdown passes and two more interceptions as the Huskies wrapped up their third consecutive 7-6 season. But listening to him talk at 2013 Pac-12 Football Media Day Friday at Sony Pictures Studios, you could tell in his tone that Price is ready to take the next step.

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"I'm ready. I prepared myself this offseason," Price said, when asked why he feels 2013 will be  more like 2011. "I have a lot to prove to myself; I have a lot to prove to you guys."

While 2012 didn't go the way Price had hoped, he did take home a key learning point from a season that closed with a heartbreaking 28-26 loss to Boise State in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

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"I think I truly know how to lead now," he said. "I've been through a lot."

He can start proving himself in a little more than a month against those same Broncos that doomed his Dawgs to another seven-win season.