Friday, February 3, 2012
Top performances 2011: QB Keith Price
By Kevin Gemmell
We're looking at the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2011.
Up next: KP1 goes all RG3.
Who & against whom: Washington quarterback Keith Price turned in a jaw-dropping performance in the Alamo Bowl vs. Baylor, but the Huskies still fell to the Robert Griffin III-led Bears 67-56.
The numbers: Where to start? Price threw for 438 yards on 23-of-37 passing and accounted for seven touchdowns -- four through the air and three on the ground. One of those passing scores was an 80-yard strike to Jermaine Kearse. He also rushed for 39 yards. The seven touchdowns matched a Washington record established in 1919.
A closer look: Price had been labeled as a "scrambling" quarterback, but injuries kept him in the pocket the entire season. That helped him refine his game as a pocket-passer. When finally healthy, he was able to unleash his legs to score his first three rushing touchdowns of the season. Oh yeah, the other quarterback in this game -- Heisman Trophy winner Griffin III -- had 295 yards passing, one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown. The performance elevated Price into the national conversation as an elite quarterback, but the result of the game spawned an overhaul of the Washington defensive staff.