Washington Huskies Need Keith Price to Step Up in 2013

Derick Hingle- USA TODAY Sports

It would be a monumental understatement to say that Washington Huskies’ quarterback Keith Price had a disappointing season in 2012.

Coming off an incredible debut season in 2011 as a sophomore where he set the school record for most touchdown passes in a season with 33, Price saw his performance decline drastically.

In 2012, the Huskies’ offensive line struggled with injuries early on and Price’s poor performances were excused by that fact, but by mid-season the o-line was healthy and Price continued to look like he was scared every time he dropped back to throw.

Overall in 2012, Price threw only 19 touchdowns with 13 interceptions and only 2,728 yards while completing only 60% of his passes, a six percent drop from 2011. This was a very disappointing season for a player that was on the pre-season Heisman Trophy watch list.

Price continually got bailed out by sophomore running back Bishop Sankey, who rushed for 1,439 yards and 16 touchdowns, replacing Jesse Callier who blew out his knee in week one.

Going into his senior year for the Huskies, Price will have his leading receiver returning in Kasen Williams, who had 77 receptions for 878 yards and six touchdowns in 2012.

However, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who had 69 receptions for 852 yards and seven touchdowns last year, has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Sarkisian after he was convicted of a DUI.

Sarkisian has said that there will not be a contest to determine the starting quarterback, but there could have been one as the Huskies are stacked with young quarterbacks. Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist were both in the program last season and both were redshirted.

The Huskies also have top-recruit, Troy Williams, who many thought would be the only one that could contend with Price to earn the starting job, but Sarkisian will stick with the senior that has two seasons of starting experience.

Price will need to re-assert himself as one the top quarterbacks in the Pac-12 if the Huskies want to contend in a very tough north division in 2013.

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