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UW's Sarkisian not ready to name backup QB

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By Scott M. Johnson
Herald Writer
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SEATTLE -- After an offseason filled with fan curiosity, University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian finally made an announcement Saturday regarding his quarterback situation.
"I think we'll go with Jake as the starter," Sarkisian said of senior and Heisman Trophy candidate Jake Locker after Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage.
As for the real quarterback competition at UW this fall -- the one between redshirt freshman Keith Price and true freshman Nick Montana for the No. 2 job behind Locker -- that decision might be made in the next week, Sarkisian said Saturday.
It just might not be made public.
"I'm not going to wait until, God forbid, something happens to Jake," Sarkisian said, adding that he might make a final decision by Wednesday or Thursday of this week. "I'm not going to make a decision off the cuff right there on the sidelines wherever we are. I'm going to have a plan in mind. Whether I tell (the public) or not is another question."
Sarkisian said there might be an advantage to keeping the backup quarterback decision private as long as possible.
"They're different players, in a sense," he said. "It's our system still, but they are different players. When Keith's in, our ability to move the quarterback around is a distinct advantage for us. Not that Nick can't move, but his ability to throw the ball all around the field and see coverages is advantageous for his game. So if somebody knew who the backup would be, they could already have their plan in order."
Among the candidates, Price had the better performance in Saturday's scrimmage. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 91 yards and had a couple other passes dropped. Montana was 7 of 11 but did throw one touchdown pass -- to tight end Marek Domanski.
"He's played consistently," Sarkisian said of Price. "I think Nick might have had a lull here or there."
Price, who appears to have a slight edge since he's been in the system a year longer, doesn't know what to expect -- or when to expect it.
"I'm not even worried about that," he said. "I'm just trying to play."
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