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Sarkisian might be close to naming a No. 1 QB

Washington head football coach Steve Sarkisian could be on the verge of naming a starting quarterback.

After practice Friday, Sarkisian said the favorite – redshirt sophomore Keith Price or redshirt freshman Nick Montana – has “been pretty clear now for a little over a week.” He did not reveal what player had emerged as the starter in his mind.

When asked if he wanted to name a starter after the spring game today, Sarkisian admitted there were benefits to making such an announcement before the summer.

“There might be something to that, to be able to go into summer with a guy that can kind of lead the offseason throwing and things of that nature,” he said. “Let me kind of sleep on it and see how I feel (today).”

Sarkisian is not taking the decision lightly.

"When I know I'm going to decide, we will move forward," he said, "but until then I'm just kind of watching it as 'What would this feel like? What would this look like?'"

Price appeared in eight games in 2010 and started at No. 1 Oregon when Jake Locker could not play because of broken ribs.

If Sarkisian does name a starter, he doesn’t expect competition for the job to slow down.

“When fall camp rolls around,” he said, “the position battle will rage on.”

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