Thursday, October 20, 2011
Keith Price: The 'most underrated player'
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com's KC Joyner likes Washington quarterback Keith Price. And he wants more people to share the high esteem he holds for the Huskies' signal-caller, who ranks second in the nation with 21 touchdown passes and 110th in the nation in name recognition.
We just made up that latter factoid, but Joyner writes that Price "has proven through the season's first six games to be the most underrated player in college football."
Price has the fifth-highest passer rating in the nation, ranking behind Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III, Kellen Moore and Andrew Luck. Also, according to CFBstats.com, Price has the third-highest passer rating against FBS teams, which vaults him ahead of Moore and Luck to trail only Wilson and Griffin. In other words, Price is the nation's most efficient passer through six games to not be considered a Heisman contender.
He's also tossed 21 touchdown passes, tied for second in the nation, and his 21-to-4 TD-to-INT ratio is identical to Moore's.
Why is Price mostly unknown nationally? Writes Joyner: "Simply put, it's a tough year to be a relatively unknown QB trying to make a name for yourself in the Pac-12."
Of course, he could make a name for himself Saturday at Stanford.
If Price can put together good games against Stanford and the rest of the Huskies' Pac-12 foes, and fans begin to latch onto his terrific back story (he went to live with his grandmother in high school so he could escape the violence he encountered in L.A.'s south side, and his nickname is "Teeth" because he's upbeat and smiling all the time), then perhaps he'll start getting the acclaim and honors he deserves.
The story also includes some cool charts and graphs that show just how good Price has been, as well as an evaluation from NFL draft guru Mel Kiper. Worth checking out.