Keith Price can say it now: He didn’t trust his offensive line last season.
“At the quarterback position, you got to trust everybody,” the Washington senior quarterback said Monday. “It’s hard to throw a ball already having bad thoughts.”
After three games in 2012, the Huskies had surrendered eight sacks, which was a harbinger of a woeful season of pass protection in which they allowed 38 sacks.
“We take those things personally because his play for the most part is a direct reflection on us,” junior tackle Ben Riva said. “We made the point in the offseason that our season wasn’t good enough. We really made an effort during the offseason and in camp to really get him in rhythm and keep him in his rhythm mentally and physically.”
Price took most of the heat for Washington’s 7-6 season.
On Monday, he noted the different vibe around the 16th-ranked Huskies (3-0).
“The guys up front — for me that’s the biggest change from last year,” Price said. “They’re making this thing go.”
Unlike last season’s instability, the Huskies have started the same lineup on the O-line, which includes (from left to right) junior tackle Micah Hatchie, sophomore guard Dexter Charles, Criste, junior guard Colin Tanigawa and Riva.
“The biggest thing from last year to this year is we haven’t had the injuries that we had, and our communication is so much better than it was,” Hatchie said.
Washington has allowed three sacks, and Price admits “one of those was on me.”