March 7, 2013

Keith Price ready for fresh start

Last season proved to be a little trying for Keith Price as he struggled out on the field despite a load of preseason hype. This year, however, the UW quarterback says his legs are feeling better and he's not carrying any baggage over from last year.

"(Last season) was painful emotionally, physically and trying to carry the team when I didn't really need to," he said. "Trust has to be the biggest thing for me, and I can feel the difference between this year and last year. I trust my guys and I know everybody is going to be in the right place, and it's easier for me."

That trust wavered at times in 2012 as Price worked behind an injury-ravaged offensive line and with a young, rebuilt receiving corps. After throwing a school-record 33 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2011, he had 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2012.

But with just about every significant player on the offense back this year, so is Price's confidence.

"He's still got that swagger about him," said tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. "One year isn't going to affect who he is as a player."

The Huskies do have other talented four-star recruits on the roster, recruits that Price said he's not worried about. UW is looking to make more progress this season in terms of wins and break into that elite group of college football teams this year. With plenty of returning guys, that looks like a possibility, but it probably hinges of what kind of quarterback Price is when he heads out onto the field.

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