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December 26, 2012

Will UW have a truly open QB competition?




Going into the 2012 season everyone expected more spectacular numbers by Keith Price, matching or surpassing his totals from the previous season.

Not many college quarterbacks are able to compile over 3,000 yards and throw more than 30 touchdowns in consecutive seasons; this puts you in elite company.

Price took a drastic regression, totaling under 2,700 total yards, and finishing the season with negative 34 yards rushing. He threw 14 less touchdowns in his second season as the starter, a huge decrease for a Heisman candidate at the beginning of the year.

Steve Sarkisian already acknowledged that there will be an open battle for the starting quarterback heading into next season. This will create a much more determined quarterback, vying for the position to take the Dawgs to the next level.

The Huskies are set at quarterback until their 8th grade quarterback-commit Tate Martell throws on his pads in Montlake.

The Huskies have three recruits with four-star ratings waiting in the shadow of Price. Redshirt freshmen Cyler Miles and Jeff Lindquist both have the potential to be first round draft picks.

Miles and Lindquist both won a MVP at an All-American high school game after there senior seasons, Miles at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl, and Lindquist at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

The Dawgs also have incoming freshmen Troy Williams who only threw for 39 touchdowns and 2,886 yards, and led his team to a city championship this year.

Then there is current backup Derrick Brown, who has shown enough in practice to lock his spot up behind Price.

There is absolutely no downfall to having an open quarterback competition. It will motivate and inspire each participant to push the person in front of him.

This quarterback battle can be more intriguing than the one everyone witnessed this last summer in Seattle with the Seahawks.

Going into spring ball Price is surely the starter, but he will know he has to show more in order to hold the position. In Price's first season as starter he knew had to produce or else he was going to be replaced. In his second season there was no pressure on him from behind because of the statistics he put up in the 2011 campaign.

The battle for the quarterback position leading up to next season is only going to improve our signal caller. Whoever wins the position will come out more matured, more developed, and most importantly playing with more on the line.

Next season is a huge year for the Huskies and coach Sark. Next year is supposed to be "The Year" that the Huskies make a huge leap and contend for a Pac-12 title. They are expected to improve on their 7-6 records that seem so hard to overcome.

It all starts with an improvement from their quarterback. Don't expect Sark to settle, the competition will heat up and bring the best out of the stacked quarterback position.

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