A decision on Washington's starting quarterback will have to wait at least another 24 hours.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian said after Wednesday's practice that Keith Price was limited by his thumb injury, and that he won't know until after tomorrow's practice whether Price will be healthy enough to play on Saturday.
If he's not, redshirt freshman Cyler Miles would make his first career start.
"We’re really going to push him (Price) tomorrow, then we’ll get to a point of coming out of tomorrow’s practice of exactly where we’re at," Sarkisian said. 'I think he feels a lot better today, I will say that. I think he’s improved every day and I think tomorrow will be a good test to see exactly where he’s at."
Asked what he needs to see from Price to make the decision to play him, Sarkisian said: "Just to make all the throws. He's obviously preparing really well mentally. He's locked into the gameplan and all those things. It’s more about just physically making the throws, so we’ll assess all that tomorrow."
More from Sarkisian:
(Confidence in Cyler Miles?) "It’s really good. Cyler’s practiced really well. So has Jeff quite honestly. We’re fortunate we’ve recruited that position pretty well here in the past couple years. We’re fortunate we’ve got good players and good guys at the quarterback position and even speaking about Troy Williams. Ill be really comfortable if Cyler plays, and we won’t be limited at all."
(Ever have a thumb injury before?) "It kind of comes with the territory. Sometimes it comes with the follow-through or hitting a guy on the helmet. It can come from when you’re falling on the ground or getting tackled. But it’s not comfortable. That’s for sure. You think about how important a thumb is tot throwing a football. It’s the one thing on the bottom of the ball that keeps it where you need to keep it. We’ll assess it tomorrow and see where it’s at."
(More on Price's thumb) "I think it’s both. I think it’s the comfort level with the grip, first of all, of just feeling comfortable where the ball is and then ultimately it comes to the follow through and that ball coming off your hand really well, and it can affect your accuracy if that grip’s not the way you need to have it."
(Cyler Miles' skills?) "I think he’s a really accurate guy. I think he has good arm strength. I wouldn’t say the first attribute of Cyler is his arm strength. But he throws a very catchable ball. He’s extremely accurate, he makes all the throws we ask him to make, especially down the field. Hes got a quick release and he’s got a good knowledge of our system so I think he’ll do fine."
(Where has Miles improved the most?) "I think he’s just steadily improved quite honestly. When you’re a true freshman you’re just trying to find your way a little bit. But he’s always shown the athleticism that we really like. He’s always been very smart, very bright guy, and then his work ethic is what he’s shown me over the last year after your true freshman year, now you’re a redshirt freshman and you’re really learning how to study the game, really learning how to prepare and then applying it in practice and then making the necessary changes from the coaching points from coach Tui and myself and applying the changes. I think he’s improved in all areas quite honestly."
(More on Miles) "He’s very well respected on this team. I think the guys know what he’s capable of. I think they know what his work ethic is. They practice against him every day. So I think he’s very well respected."
(Playbook different with Miles?) "Not at all."
(Is it a factor that Price is a 5th-year senior?) "All the decisions I’ll make for this football team is what’s in the best interest of this football team and this program and what gives us the best opp to be successful Saturday night."
(Any injury updates?) "Dexter’s (Charles) still limited. Wish we had him full strength but he’s not quite there yet. Kevin King is nursing a shoulder from the last game still, so don’t know what his availability will be either."
(Would you play Price as a backup if he doesn't start?) "I don’t know. I’ll probably be better served answering that if we made that decision. We've got to cross the first bridge here of what’s going to happen, then we’ll make that decision, then we’ll have a gameplan going into the game according to who’s playing and what we’re looking for."
(Are you over last week's loss?) "We’re close. It’s not easy. it’s not easy for any of us. I think all of us still have a bad taste in our mouths and that’s not a bad thing. I think we’ve been a little bit feisty here in practice the last couple days, which again I don’t necessarily think is a bad thing. I think guys are hungry and really trying to practice hard to play a hard game Saturday night."