Like many other college football teams in this day and age, the Washington Huskies are looking to pick up the pace on offense in 2013. Steve Sarkisian wants to run an uptempo, no-huddle offense next fall to force the pace of the game, as many other programs have done. For the Huskies to get the job done next season, quarterback Keith Price holds the keys to UW’s faster offense.
Price returns to Seattle for his senior season after a disappointing junior campaign. The Washington coaching staff is working with their signal caller to try and get him back to his sophomore form when he broke out and emerged as a dark-horse Heisman Trophy candidate. They will need him to get back to that level if Washington has any hope of picking up the pace on offense.
The success of their up-tempo attack will undoubtedly be linked to the level of play of their quarterback. They can’t afford Price to have another season like he had in 2012 where he looked overwhelmed, out of sorts and just lost in general especially when he was under pressure (which was most of the time).
This season, he will have an improved running game and experienced offensive line in front of him to help take some of the heat off him in the pocket. Now, he needs to show a firm grasp of the offense with an ability to call plays on the fly based on what defenses are showing to keep the pedal punched to the metal in 2013.
Washington will try and break through a highly competitive Pac 12 conference in 2013, and they hope picking up the pace of the offense will help them get there. How effectively they do that, and the overall success of their season, rests on the shoulders of Keith Price. Will he be able to lead the Dawgs over the top next fall?