Price Prepares To Start Apple Cup – But Has Work To Do
“Today I kind of impressed myself. I didn’t think I could make some of the throws I did,” the fifth-year senior quarterback says after testing his pained shoulder through more than half of Tuesday’s practice for Friday’s regular-season finale against Washington State.
By Gregg BellUW Director of Writing
SEATTLE – C’mon now.
A fifth-year senior who has been through so much as a Husky. Arriving months after 0-12. Debuting as a starting quarterback with a record-breaking sophomore season. Three consecutive bowl games. School records for career touchdown passes and completion percentage.
Are we really to believe Keith Price won’t play in Friday’s 106th Apple Cup at 12:30 p.m. inside Husky Stadium?
Won’t it take a pack of Cougars locking him in his off-campus residence before kickoff to keep him from starting the final home game of his UW career, and from a chance to avenge last season’s loss in Pullman in which the Huskies blew an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter?
Price let out a big laugh at that one following practice Tuesday morning.
"Yeah, probably so," he agreed, "probably so."
The Huskies’ fifth-year senior quarterback completed Price participated in by his count “a little more than half” the practice today, splitting first-team reps with Cyler Miles. The redshirt freshman was poised and efficient in his first career start last week, Washington’s 69-27 win at Oregon State.
"Today I kind of impressed myself. I didn’t think I could make some of the throws I did," Price said, though he added he also missed on routine passes he normally nails.
He says his progress and pain remains “a day-to-day thing.” He believes he still has a lot to prove to himself and coaches in pain management plus the ability to make all the throws in the game plan to play against the Cougars.
"I still have a long way to go in the next couple days," is how he put it.
Price said his shoulder injury has been “serious” — one that “takes guys months to come back from” — and that ligaments and scar tissue in the joint are still healing. He says it happened initially at UCLA from throwing on the next-to-last play of the first half Nov. 15. On the next play a Bruin drove the shoulder into the Rose Bowl turf, compounding the injury and the pain that he says he still has. He hasn’t taken a snap in a game since.
As for Friday’s 106th Apple Cup against Washington State at Husky Stadium, Price said: “I’m preparing to start. Everything I do is to start.
“Anything less than that will be extremely disappointing.”