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Little velocity, but high work-rate intensity from Sarkisian

There he was, back under center.

On one hand, Steve Sarkisian looked like a former quarterback who had not thrown passes in years. His throws? Think more zippity-do-da than zippy.

But on the other hand, as the scout-team signal caller - again Wednesday - his sole purprose wasn't to dazzle his secondary with his deft accuracy or superior arm strength. His aim was to get the defense moving at speeds it never had - simulating what it will be like Saturday at No. 1 Oregon against a no-huddle offense with a breakneck work rate.

"We are going as fast as you can go," Sarkisian said.

How fast?

"We are averaging four plays a minute," the 36-year-old coach said. "So I think it's going pretty good."

At times, Sarkisian looked like he had more energy than his younger guys. He rushed to the line of scrimmage, would take a handoff and dash to the right on a read-option run.

Other times, Sarkisian faked the handoff, wound up and would fire downfield.

"I felt better today. I was a little exhausted yesterday. I was just tired today," Sarkisian said. "(Arm) was a little sore. Back was a little sore."

And the five interceptions (by Gregory Ducre, Quinton Richardson, Nate Fellner, Vonzell McDowell Jr and Adam Long)?

"The pressure was a little different today," he quipped.

"All in all, it's been fun, it's been good. It's gotten practice pretty spirited. Sometimes this late in the year, sometimes, especially during that service period it can get a little mundane and with me at quarterback it keeps it pretty spirited.''

Other stuff:

* At first, Keith Price couldn't believe what he was seeing on his cellular phone.

"Oh my goodness gracious," the UW's new starting quarterback said.

As he heads into his first career start, Price has been getting text messages on his phone - from Oregon fans.

"I don’t even know who they are. They’re getting in contact with me, I don’t know. I guess they’re texting me, trying to send me Facebook (messages)," Price said. "I don’t know how they got (my cell phone number)."

And they're not ones wishing him luck against the Ducks.

"I know what it’s going to be like," Price said. "I can already see it coming, but I’m going to try and tune all that stuff out."

* Quick-hit stuff from practice: Tight end Chris Izbicki (foot) didn’t practice, and defensive end Cameron Elisara (shoulder) and running back Johri Fogerson (upper leg) weren’t even at practice. … Defensive end Talia Crichton (knee) was still sporting a brace, but did ride the stationary bike. ... For the team session, again loud fan noise was piped in for every play.