Hola Husky faithful! I’m new to the Husky Haul and while I’m very excited for the opportunity to be a part of this platform and talk about all things Husky, I must confess I don’t know much about football! You must be wondering why I’m here then. Well, I’m a Seattle native, UW grad – I bleed purple and gold of course – and grew up mainly following the Sonics, Mariners and Husky Basketball. When basketball season starts, believe me, I’ll be all over that. But until then, for those of you who are new to football or UW, this is for you!
Last Saturday afternoon, the Huskies served Portland State a big how-do-you-do loss in their first time match up, 52–13. It was such a romp, scoring almost got redundant, which Seattle fans know almost never happens. Seattle teams can always use more cushion since they often choke in crunch time (yeah I’m talking about you, Mariners – that recent loss to the Orioles in the 18th inning is a prime example). But there wasn’t any choking Saturday and Huskies’ quarterback (“QB”) Keith Price was a large part of that win. Here are three things every Husky fan should know about the junior from Compton, California.
1) You Got To Be Starting Somewhere
In 2010, during Jake Locker’s last season, Price was the backup QB. His first official start as QB was at an away game against the #1 rated Oregon Ducks when Locker was out with a cracked rib. The Ducks won that game with a lopsided score similar to the Huskies recent win over Portland State. But Price completed 14 of 28 passes for 127 yards, with no interceptions and a touchdown (“TD”). It was a good start for the young freshman and just the beginning for a new era of Husky Football.
2) 2011 Season Highlights
During the 2011 football season, the Huskies went 7–6 and 5–4 in Pac-12 play with a third-place finish in the North division. Price’s first career start at home was against Eastern Washington. He threw three TD passes for a win over the Eagles, 30–27. He continued to improve throughout the season with a personal best over Hawaii at Husky Stadium. Price completed 18 of 25 passes for 315 yards and four TDs for a Husky victory of 40–32.
3) Nice Guys Don’t Always Finish Last.
In a 2011 interview, Price acknowledged his close relationship with the matriarchs of his family, particularly his grandmother, who is a great source of his motivation. Price recognizes there’s always room for improvement in his game and with every win, he credits his teammates and their support. And every positive remark from Price, you can be sure, comes with a flash of his pearly whites. His affectionate nickname, due to his infectious smile is “Teeth” Price, which you might see in full glory next Thursday if the Huskies succeed over Stanford.