Typical of teams on a bye week, the Pacific-10 Conference teleconference queue of questions is usually minimal.
Lots of questions about Keith Price.
Get right to UW coach Steve Sarkisian's transcript:
What was your assessment of Price in his first start Saturday at No. 1 Oregon?"I thought Keith played well. Obviously going into Autzen Stadium can be a difficult place to play, against a very good team in Oregon. I thought first and foremost his composure was excellent. (The moment) was not too big for him. I think obviously there are some plays he’d love to have back, and I think there are plays as an offense we’d love to have back. We didn’t help him out a whole bunch – a couple key drops on third down, a critical touchdown pass called back at the end of the first half and then a couple protection issues that maybe could have allowed to be even better than he was. I think there was some real things he can learn from in this ballgame, getting his secondary reads and trusting his protection there, but all in all, for his first start against the No. 1 team in the country in their building, I though he performed well."
How will you work Jake Locker (broken rib) into the game plan once he's healthy?"He’s going to need to practice to be able to go against UCLA, I think that’s going to be the measuring stick for us. Right now, we’re going to hold him out at least until Saturday, and then assess it Saturday, Sunday, Monday to see where Jake’s at. But as of right now, we’re preparing as if Keith is our starter, and if we get Jake back, then we’ll prepare accordingly."
Now that you've seen Oregon, how comparable is the Ducks' offense to the USC offense of 2005?"I think now after seeing them first-hand, I can. Sometimes it’s tough to tell off of film all those things. A copule things jump out at me after having the chance to see them operate first-hand.
1, When you get going like we got going in 2005 – and like Oregon is going right now – there is a real sense of confidence, a real sense of belief, not just among Darron Thomas or LaMichael James, but the entire unit. What comes out of that is every time a guy gets an opportunity to make a play, they make their plays. It’s normal to them. They believe in each other. They believe in the calls. That is the first sign of a really good, explosive offensive football team – whether it’s Jeff Maehl, or the tight end, or the running back, the quarterback, or Kenjon Barner comes in, they just really believe in what they’re doing, they play fast and make their plays when they get their opportunities.
2, Second key to them when you get them first-hand, you can enamored with the running game, but they’re a very balanced offensive football team. They have the ability to throw it. They have the ability to run it. They’re an excellent screen team. That is what makes them complete, and makes them extremely challenging in trying to defend."
What is the difference in skill sets between Price and Locker?"I think some of the subtle difference, Keith obviously doesn’t quite have the size Jake has. Jake is a very powerful guy – runner, thrower. Keith is probably a little bit quicker, he’s got a quicker release, he’s more of a sudden-movement guy."
** TUESDAY PRACTICE REPORT: The team was outdoors under light rainfall. Again running back Jesse Callier (shoulder) was in a red jersey, and only participated in individual drills. ... Running back Chris Polk was one of the veterans UW coach Steve Sarkisian wanted to get a bit of rest, and the sophomore only did light work during team session. ... Linebacker Cort Dennison was not at practice due to a death in the family. ... Special teams coverage units were again of heavy importance Tuesday. Linebacker Mason Foster and safety Nate Williams were on kickoff coverage units. ... A week after starring (along with Sarkisian) as the scout-team quarterback in preparation for No. 1 Oregon, Luther Leonard was running with that position group Tuesday. ... Former defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, attended practice Tuesday.