Washington might not know who its starting quarterback will be against California until later in the week.
The Huskies didn’t practice Monday morning, coach Steve Sarkisian said, instead meeting and conditioning and lifting and trying to figure out what the heck happened in their 53-24 loss to Arizona State on Saturday.
So Sarkisian said he isn’t sure of the status of quarterback Keith Price, whose injured thumb on his right throwing hand is now swollen in a different spot than before. Price left Saturday’s loss to ASU to have the thumb X-rayed, though results were negative.
“We’ll assess him tomorrow,” Sarkisian said. “He’s sore. His thumb is swollen, but I know Keith Price is a tough guy, he’s a fighter, and he’s going to do everything in his power to be prepared and ready to play come Saturday night.”
Some of the swelling is new.
“A little lower, a little further down on his thumb,” Sarkisian said. “So I don’t know if that’s a byproduct of the original injury or not, but when you play quarterback and you have to grab the football, your thumb plays a pivotal role in gripping the ball and throwing the ball.
Redshirt freshman Cyler Miles, who replaced Price during Saturday’s game, would start if Price isn’t healthy enough to play. If that happens, it wouldn’t be the first time Sarkisian has had to replace his starting quarterback for injury reasons. In 2010, Price made his first career start at Oregon when Jake Locker was too beat up to play. And in 2011, Price’s ankle and knee injuries forced him to miss a start at Oregon State, where Nick Montana played most of the game before Price tried to lead a late comeback. UW lost both games.
Sarkisian said he’ll monitor Price throughout the week in a variety of ways.
“I think physically, that’s easy to see, right? Is the ball coming off his hand? Is he throwing it well? The mental side is the one that is challenging to dog into, of where exactly he stands in part due to some of the physical ailments that he might have,” Sarkisian said. “That’s the stuff I really try to watch closely and not necessarily always at practice. It’s around the office, it’s around the building, his body language. Again, I’ve known Keith for over five years now and he’s a tough kid, and he’s going to prepare himself mentally, physically and emotionally to be ready to play. We’ll have to figure out if that’s good enough. That’s the challenge of my job and I embrace the challenge.”