Despite losing 31-28 to Stanford on Saturday night, Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price made a statement both to his opposition and all Pac-12 coaches. This statement was that Price is not only a game changer, but could possibly be the best quarterback in the Pac-12.
On Saturday night, Price completed 33-of-48 passes for 350 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. This stat line blew the 100 yards that Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan threw for, and was completely indicative of the difference in quality between the two.
During the game, Price showed great accuracy both on short and long passes, and many times wiggled passes into extremely tight windows. This accuracy was trademarked by the 68.8 percent completion rating he compiled, and without this accuracy, it is likely Washington would not have even been in a competitive game.
Other times, when he was not given very much room to operate, Price operated outside of the pocket, often running away from multiple defenders to miraculously get a pass off. This ability to operate outside of the pocket, but preference to throw the ball, has allowed Price to maintain effectiveness throughout games in which opposing teams are getting pressure in Washington’s backfield.
This incredible performance, in all facets, has come to represent what Price has been doing for the entirety of the 2013 season, during which he has led Washington to a 4-1 record and a national ranking. Through five games, Price has completed 114-of-160 passes for 1394 yards, 11 touchdowns, and three interceptions.
In addition to just being a statistical machine is the fact that Price has continuously shown all of the attributes that made him such a threat against Stanford on Saturday night, and has, in turn, helped Washington become a real threat in the Pac-12. While Price may not have thrown or rushed for the most yards in the Pac-12, his overriding ability to do all things a quarterback should do separates him from the pack and, at a minimum, puts him in the discussion as the best quarterback in the Pac-12.