Steve Sarkisian said he wasn’t going to announce his starter until game-time Saturday when Washington (6-4, 4-3) travels to Corvallis to take on Oregon State (2-8, 2-5). Around 3 P.M PST Sarkisian tweeted “Nick Montana will make his first career start this Saturday. So proud, he has earned this opportunity. Need to get Keith Price fully healthy, he has had a great season.”
Montana, a redshirt freshman, will make his first career start Saturday while Keith Price gets healthy for the Apple Cup. Having played in four games this season most notably against USC last Saturday Sarkisian feels that Montana deserves the opportunity to start.
“”I loved how Nick had looked the last couple of days,” he said. “Nick has shown the progress and the understanding of what we are trying to do in the game and has executed well.”
Sarkisian’s goal is to get Price healthy in time for next weekends Apple Cup game at Century Link Field, but also to give Montana more game time experience. Sarkisian had the exact same situation last season with Jake Locker unable to start against Oregon which gave Price valuable game experience.
Price has been tough but fragile as a starter this season and hasn’t been fully healthy since the opener against Eastern Washington. The only game Price has failed to finish was last weekends game against USC.
Montana went 9 of 15 for 73 yards and threw for one touchdown in Washington’s 40-17 lose to USC. The experience he gained will surely help against Oregon State and moving forward.
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