University of Washington

And the 2011 starting UW quarterback is

SEATTLE - Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian appears to be on the verge of naming a starting quarterback.

After practice Friday, Sarkisian said the favorite – redshirt sophomore Keith Price or redshirt freshman Nick Montana – has “been pretty clear now for a little over a week.”

He did not reveal which player had emerged as the starter in his mind. When asked if he wanted to name a starter after the spring game today, Sarkisian admitted there were benefits to making such an announcement.

“There might be something to that, to be able to go into summer with a guy that can kind of lead the offseason throwing and things of that nature,” he said. “I’m going to kind of sleep on it and see how I feel (today).”

Sarkisian is not taking the decision lightly.

“When I know I’m going to decide, we will move forward,” he said, “but until then I’m just kind of watching it as, ‘What would this feel like? What would this look like?’ ”

Price appeared in eight games in 2010 and started at No. 1 Oregon when Jake Locker could not play because of broken ribs.

If Sarkisian does name a starter, he doesn’t expect competition for the job to slow down.

“When fall camp rolls around,” he said, “the position battle will rage on.”

The spring game begins at 11 a.m. today at Husky Stadium. Admission is free.


Jeff Lindquist, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior quarterback at Mercer Island High School, gave an oral commitment to the Huskies, according to multiple reports. Lindquist also had scholarship offers from Stanford and WSU. UW announced its captains for the 2011 season after practice on Friday. They are offensive tackle Senio Kelemete, receiver Jermaine Kearse, linebacker Cort Dennison and defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu.

UW spring game

When: Today, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Husky Stadium

Admission: Free

Last year: Early-enrollee quarterback Nick Montana threw a touchdown pass to receiver Luther Leonard on the game’s final play to lead the White to a 14-13 victory over the Purple in front of an estimated 15,000 spectators.

Format: The game will be run in four quarters, and players will be divided up on opposing sidelines based on a presupposed depth chart. Offensive players will be wearing purple jerseys; defensive players will wear white jerseys. All special-teams plays will be controlled action without live hitting.

Parking: Public lots in E1 and at the Padelford Parking Garage are $7.