Washington yet to announce starting QB
SEATTLE -- Washington coach Steve Sarkisian was non-committal Wednesday about who the Huskies' starting quarterback will be Saturday against Oregon State.
Redshirt freshman Nick Montana, the son of Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana, worked with the starting unit throughout practice. Season-long starter Keith Price moved around the sideline with a noticeable limp because of an injured left knee. He did not participate in drills.
"Keith moved better today," Sarkisian said. "Wasn't quite ready to put him in with the action of the rest of the guys, but I thought he moved better today than he did yesterday or the day before."
There is no structural damage in Price's knee, but there is significant swelling. Price has injured both ankles and knees this season. Sarkisian said he is likely to make a decision Thursday morning about the starter, though he said he will not announce it publicly.
"You guys won't know, but I'll know," Sarkisian told reporters.
Sarkisian said he would like Price to take practice snaps Thursday.
Washington did not make players or assistant coaches available to speak on Wednesday, the day offensive players typically talk with reporters.
If Montana does start Saturday, it will be his first college start. Montana has appeared in four games this season with his longest stint coming last week against USC following Price's injury. Montana was 9 of 15 for 73 yards and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kasen Williams.
Beyond that, Montana has had two distinct plays: His first play from scrimmage resulted in a fumble when he was sacked from behind against Colorado.
Against Oregon, he replaced Price for one play and threw a 53-yard completion on a pump-and-go up the sideline to Williams to convert a third down. Montana is 13 for 20 for 147 yards and one touchdown and one interception this season.
Sarkisian says little will change offensively for Washington if Montana is the quarterback.
"We run what we run," Sarkisian said. "It's a little too late in the season now to change who we are and what we do. We're not going to change that way. But I think there is a psyche deal to (naming the starter) for our team. The players need to know so that they can move forward."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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