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Price turning out to be a touchdown-throwing machine

With the Huskies heading to their bye week - three days of practice and then some time off - so, too, is Divish, who is headed back home to Big Sky country in Montana.

Myself, Ruiz and Boling will be holding down the fort until his return.

One of the things John McGrath and yours truly continue to shake our heads at is the peak performance of UW quarterback Keith Price.

Now having covered the beat the past two seasons, at no time did I ever thing Price was a "question mark," per se, coming into 2011, even with his relative game inexperience. He has shown enough in practice, and especially the way he played at No. 1 Oregon last season in his first start, to convince me the redshirt sophomore would hold his own in the Pacific-12 Conference.

But never did I think it would come this fast.

Some numbers McGrath and I talked about Saturday:

* With 17 touchdown passes already this season, and two from last season (one against USC, one against Oregon), he now has 19 for his career - and is just one short of Warren Moon (20) for 15th all-time in career touchdown passes.

* Price has tied Jake Locker for No. 7 all-time in single-season touchdown passes - and sits 11 behind Cody Pickett's record 28, set in 2002.

* And look at the names in UW lore who trail him already in single-season touchdowns - Mark Brunell (best was 16), Marques Tuiasosopo (best was 15), Tom Flick (best was 15), Sonny Sixkiller (best was 15), Damon Huard (best was 13), Moon (best was 12), Steve Pelleuer (best was 11) and Isaiah Stanback (best was 10).

We just got into October, folks. Staggering.

The bye week schedule will be altered. Only Steve Sarkisian talks today, and player availability will be limited throughout the week. I imagine many, includuing Price, will be limited all week, if not given the week off from contact action.