Huskies notebook: Price leaves UW's loss to UCLA with injury

Staff writerNovember 15, 2013 

Keith Price’s shoulder was hurting, but he tried to loosen it up anyway on Washington’s sideline just before halftime.

Price, who had taken a big hit on a third-down pass attempt moments prior, threw one warmup pass before instantly dropping his shoulder and wincing in pain.

He didn’t return to the game. Redshirt freshman Cyler Miles replaced him and played the entire second half of UW’s 41-31 loss to UCLA on Friday night at the Rose Bowl.

UW coach Steve Sarkisian said X-rays were negative, and that Price will undergo an MRI scan in Seattle tomorrow. The severity of the injury isn’t yet known, though Price’s shoulder was obviously sore enough that he couldn’t throw.

“I thought I’d be able to fight through the pain,” Price said. “I’ve had plenty of pain. It just so happened to be in my throwing shoulder.”

Price finished with 10 completions on 18 attempts for 181 yards and a touchdown. Miles completed 15 of his 22 pass attempts for 149 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Add the shoulder ailment to a long list of injuries Price has dealt with during his 3-year career as a starter. He hurt the thumb on his right throwing hand in an Oct. 5 loss at Stanford, and played through swelling and pain for the Huskies’ next three games before declaring it “100 percent” prior to last week’s 59-7 thumping of Colorado.

During his first two years as a starter, Price played through knee and ankle injuries, and he only missed one start during that span.

“I just thought it was going to be all right,” Price said. “I don’t just come out of the game that easy.”

JACK ATTACKS AS A BACK

Myles Jack waltzed back to UCLA’s sideline smiling, his helmet off, briefly licking the tip of each of his fingers the way a person might after finishing a satisfying meal.

That’s an apt comparison for what Myles did to Washington’s red-zone defense Friday night in the first half of the Bruins’ victory at the Rose Bowl. Jack ate them alive, again lining up at running back – he’s a full-time linebacker – and registering three bruising, first-half touchdown runs that helped UCLA to an early 27-7 lead.

He scored another one on UCLA’s first possession of the second half.

Jack, a Bellevue High School alum whom UW aggressively recruited, wasn’t shy about taunting the Huskies sideline. He was penalized after the third touchdown for unsportsmanlike conduct, though the Bruins made the extra point anyway.

“Myles played a good football game,” Sarkisian said. “He’s obviously a physical runner and they used him in a good way.”

Even when Jack was bad, he was good. He was stripped of the ball on one of his eight first-half carries, but even though it bounded directly toward two Huskies defenders – linebacker Shaq Thompson had the best crack at it – the ball still somehow escaped UW’s grasp and UCLA wound up back on top of it. It went in the books as a 25-yard rush for Jack, who gained 50 yards before halftime.

Jack added another touchdown – his fourth – on his 12th carry of the game, a 2-yard score with 6:44 left in the third quarter. He finished with 60 yards rushing and five tackles.

In fact, each of UCLA’s first five touchdowns were scored by defensive players – four by Jack, and another by Cassius Marsh, a defensive end who caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brett Hundley in the first quarter.

STRINGFELLOW BREAKS OUT

Damore’ea Stringfellow caught three passes in Washington’s first nine games this season.

So that made all the more surprising the freshman receiver’s four catches for 87 yards in the first half of the Huskies’ loss to UCLA. That was in addition to a 38-yard touchdown pass that Stringfellow caught in the first half, only to see it called back on a highly questionable personal foul penalty against UW offensive lineman Dexter Charles.

Stringfellow finished with a team-high eight catches for 147 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass from Miles with 8:01 left in the game. Stringfellow caught the pass at about UCLA’s 3-yard line, then muscled his way across the goal line.

Asked if he knew he was going to play that much, Stringfellow said, “I had a feeling. I was (getting) a lot more reps in practice and coaches (were) just getting me involved more in practice, so I had a little feeling about it.”

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