There’s a saying in football. The back-up quarterback is usually the most popular player on the team.
What’s up, Nick Montana?
Dubbed Savior 2.0. The next generation after Locker. Nick Montana was supposed to be the kid who makes us forget about the whole Jake Heaps forsaking the home town team thing.
The Huskies are a perfect 2-0 without Jake Locker, but it’s not because of the Son of Joe.
Meet Keith Price, the starting quarterback for your University of Washington Huskies.
Everything about Keith Price’s Washington career has thus far been pretty unceremonious.
417 yards and 7 touchdowns and two wins in his first two games as ‘the’ starter of the Washington Huskies might not even be enough to change that quickly. But it should.
For Husky fans with good memories they probably remember him best for one of two things. His impromptu appearance against USC in which he zipped a one yard touchdown pass to the corner of the endzone. Then there was taking one for the team starting against No. 1 Oregon on the road as Jake Locker nursed a thigh injury.
Yeah, welcome to the Pac-10 kid.
Of course, he was just the back up. The other guy.
For the last four years this program has been Jake Locker and the ten dwarves. Montlake Jake, Saint Locker, he was the undeniable and unmistakable face of this program.
Rightfully so, he is quite possibly the most talented player to come through this program in maybe two decades. The program he walked into was also the worst we’ve seen in maybe the last two decades as well. But the Saint persevered and last December 30th we saw a little glimpse of the promise this program had. Saint Locker had delivered us.
Now it’s the new kids turn. And we should all be confident that Montlake Jake has left the ship in good hands.
I remember going to a Spring practice three years ago, Steve Sarkisian’s first year on campus. As I perused up and down the paper roster in my hands I quickly looked for Keith Price’s name. My buddy heckled me a bit for it, “What?” he laughed. “I’m here for Locker.”
Of course, I was too. But this kid was intriguing.
Keith Price was a blank canvas. Exceptional raw physical attributes that needed to be tamed and honed.
I awed as he chucked a beautiful spiral fifty, sixty yards down the field. Then I smirked when I saw him miss on intermediate slant and in routes. The canvas was still blank. I was eager to see what our Quarterback artist in Sarkisian was capable of.
Is the program going to stumble if we can’t get the can’t miss Jake Heaps kid from Skyline? Or can the guy who made John David Booty a viable NFL prospect give the Huskies life after Locker.
Now we’re seeing the fruition of that process.
Before taking his first snap as the program quarterback against Eastern, Price had three spring and three fall practices of conditioning under a pro style offense. An offense that Sarkisian from day one knew and had confidence in Keith Price in running.
There’s a reason that it barely even took two weeks of spring practices before Keith Price took a commanding lead over Nick Montana in the depth chart.
Keith Price had the authority and mentality of controlling this offense. Sarkisian’s offense. Keith Prices’ offense.
Keith Price is not Montlake Jake, nor will he ever be. Keith Price is Keith Price. A pocket quarterback with a cannon of an arm and a developing understanding of the position that can now only be furthered by taking snaps on the football field.
And the scary thing is he’s only a RS Sophomore.
When Locker took over control of this offense he might as well had been a true freshman.
Locker was also a blank canvas when Sarkisian took over. The quarterback who had played his entire football career in variations of the Wing-T and option spread attack had to be reprogrammed and re-invented.
For the last two seasons we saw the give or take between him and Sarkisian with best utilizing his talents while also helping Locker conform the the offense Washington was going to run.
Keith Prices’ situation is much more cut and dry, and he’s taking full advantage of it. If you need any more reasons to have faith in Keith Price it’s the weapons that he has at his disposal that he has familiarity and confidence with. Chris Polk, Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar, Austin Sefarian Jenkins and Kasen Williams.
These are different days at the University of Washington. The program has talent, the program has continuity and the program has stability at it’s most important position.
Saint Price. Savior 2.0