SEATTLE – There has been heat and there has been ice, University of Washington quarterback Keith Price saying Wednesday’s he’s been “rehabbing relentlessly” in an attempt to get his injured thumb healthy enough to play this weekend against California.
“I’m preparing. I’m not sure,” Price said. “Kind of depends on Coach Sark and how he feels, but I’m preparing myself as if I’m starting.”
Clarity continues to elude UW’s quarterback situation. UW coach Steve Sarkisian said after Wednesday’s practice that Price was a limited participant, and that he won’t know until after today’s practice whether his quarterback Saturday will be Price, or backup Cyler Miles.
“We’re really going to push him tomorrow,” Sarkisian said. “Then we’ll get to a point of coming out of tomorrow’s practice of exactly where we’re at. 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.”
They’ll find out where Miles is, too, if Price can’t play. The redshirt freshman backup has appeared briefly in three games this season but has attempted just eight passes, completing five of them.
Sarkisian said the playbook won’t be any different if Miles plays, and that “we won’t be limited at all.”
That confidence seems to extend beyond Sarkisian. First-year quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo has observed Miles since spring practice, and said he’s witnessed noticeable improvement in that time. He conceded that Miles is faster than Price, but otherwise feels the two are comparable as passers.
“They’re both mobile. They’re both accurate. They’re both smart,” Tuiasosopo said.
Tuiasosopo, who debuted at quarterback as a true freshman for UW in 1997, said he always reminds Miles that he has to be ready to go if something happens to Price. This could be the week, though Miles doesn’t seem to be sweating it, one way or the other. The touted recruit from Centennial, Colo., played it straight when asked Wednesday about his preparation.
“I try to prepare the same every week no matter what the outlook is,” said Miles, 6-foot-4 and 213 pounds. “I just do what I have to do every day and whatever happens, happens on Saturday.”