Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Huskies Price still gimpy at practice
By ESPN.com staff
Washington quarterback Keith Price remains highly questionable for Saturday's game at Oregon State.
Although coach Steve Sarkisian said Tuesday an MRI on Price's left knee revealed no structural damage, Price mostly sat out Tuesday's practice and walked with a noticable limp, according to reporters on hand.
If Price can't go, Nick Montana will get his first career start. Freshmen Derrick Brown and walk-on Thomas Vincent took the snaps with the second team.
Price hurt his knee in the loss at USC and Montana, son of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, came off the bench and completed 9 of 15 passes for 73 yards with a touchdown.
The big test for Price will be Wednesday. If he shows significant improvement during today's practice, the chances he'll start go up significantly. He's already shown repeatedly this year that he can manage pain.
Whoever plays quarterback for the Huskies, he will be facing a struggling defense that is now down another starter, as Beavers defensive end Taylor Henry quit the team this week. Henry had three sacks this year. He will be replaced by true freshman Dylan Wynn, meaning both Beavers defensive ends will be freshman -- Scott Crichton is the other.
Of course, if Montana gets the call, Sarkisian likely will lean on running back Chris Polk. The Beavers rank 11th in the conference in run defense, giving up 183.7 yards per game.