Most of the attention at Washington’s spring football practices will be focused on the quarterback battle between redshirt sophomore Keith Price and redshirt freshman Nick Montana. Price got some experience as Jake Locker’s backup a year ago and made his only start against then-No. 1 Oregon. Montana’s got genetics on his side, being the son of former NFL great Joe Montana.
I caught part of today’s press conference and here’s some of what head coach Steve Sarkisian had to say about the quarterback situation (you can watch the whole press conference here):
“I think it’ll be a great battle. Both need to focus on their job and their role and not worry about the other guy,” he said. “The real goal should be to compete against themselves to give ourselves the best (chance to win).”
Sarkisian talked highly about their intangibles. Both are over 3.0 students, both work hard in the weight room, both are well liked, both are bright.
Sarkisian said there would be “no rush to judgement to name a starter” and it’s possible he won’t name a starter until September. “We made decisions when it feels right and that’s what we’ll do here.”‘
Sark said he would name a starter, and that platooning probably wasn’t an option although he reserved the right to change his mind on that. “Whoever is the starter, we need to develop a really good backup who ultimately will have to win us a game or two next fall.”
He said both quarterbacks “have been groomed since junior high,” to be passing quarterbacks, so “from a comfort level,” both are ahead of Jake Locker at this stage in their careers.
Sarkisian implied that the Huskies will be more of a drop-back passing team than they’ve been in the past with Locker. “They might not be big-arm, play-action passers,” he said of Price and Montana. “They like to be a little more spread out and they like to play catch.”
Here’s some things Sarkisian and his staff will be judging Price and Montana on:
1) taking care of the football.
2) understanding the offense and decision-making at critical times
3) managing the team; looking players in the eye in the huddle and convince them that the play is going to work
4) learn to throw the ball away (“that’s the hardest thing for a young quarterback to do,” Sark said.)
Locker and other Huskies will work out for NFL scouts on Wednesday at Husky Stadium. It’ll be televised by ESPN3. Go here for more information.