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Morning reading: some praise for Keith Price, good story on Vontaze Burfict

If you haven't heard, and I don't know how you couldn't have, but Keith Price has thrown 11 touchdown passes in three games. No UW quarterback has ever done that. Not Billy Joe, not Sonny, not Marques or Jake or Brock. (yep, we are going first name only).

In true quarterback form, Price won't assume any credit for his early success.

Here's my story from today's paper on Price

Make mention of the fact that the 11 touchdown passes are tied for the most in the NCAA with Matt Schilz of Bowling Green, and Price sidesteps any congratulations the way he would an on-rushing opposing defensive end.

“Guys are getting open for me, the line is doing a great job. I don’t have to do much but throw it to the open guy,” Price said. “That’s what I’ve been doing.”

He makes it sound so simple. In reality, it isn’t. In the dozens of Football Bowl Championship (FBS) games that have been played this season, plenty of quarterbacks have had more than enough time to throw to myriad open receivers – and they haven’t done what Price has done. Pac 12 North

Oregon: Tight end David Paulson isn't worried about his slow start. The Auburn Riverside standout is too good not to have an impact soon.

Oregon State: Grant Enger of O'Dea will move into a starting spot on the Beavers offensive line.

Stanford: Here's a column from Tim Kawakami on Stanford coach David Shaw being a little more edgy than Jim Harbaugh.  With Shayne Skov injured, safety Delano Howell will have to become a bigger leader and playmaker.

Washington State: Vince Grippi writes about Jeff Tuel throwing at practice.

Pac 12 South

Arizona: The Wildcats hope adding more speed by playing their nickel package will help slow down Oregon.

ASU: Great story by Baxter Holmes of the LA Times about ASU linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Rarely has any player been so good, so tough, so mean, so short-tempered and so violent that he draws comparisons to Butkus, who once told a television reporter, "I sometimes have a dream where I hit a man so hard his head pops off and rolls downfield."

But rare is a player like Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who just might be the most feared man in college football.

"Between the whistles," USC Coach Lane Kiffin said, "he's as dominant as there is in the country."

Monte Kiffin, USC's defensive coordinator, described Burfict this way: "He's unbelievable. He's big, fast, strong. He's got great talent. He's going to be playing on Sundays, there isn't any doubt about that."Colorado: The Buffaloes lack punch on the road.

USC: Meanwhile, the Arizona Republic has this story on ASU defensive end Devon Kennard returning to LA to play.

UCLA: Former UW recruit Brett Hundley says he's ready if Rick Neuheisel calls on him to play QB. No pressure, he only might be trying to save Ricky's job. Running back Malcolm Jones is still fighting for playing time.

Utah: QB Jordan Wynn continues to be a work in progress. Linebacker Trevor Reilly is staying at linebacker, not moving to defensive end.