This Saturday's matchup was originally billed as one between two talented, young quarterbacks who can make plays through the air and with their feet. Washington's starting quarterback Keith Price, finally recovering from a right knee sprain sustained several weeks ago, sprained his left knee this past weekend against Nebraska. He does not plan on letting two sprained knees slow him down, however.
Price said his right knee is about 90 percent healthy and should be 100 percent by the end of the week. But his left knee is just "40 to 50 percent," he said.
Price practiced Monday wearing a heavy plastic brace on his left knee, while he had his right knee taped up. He moved gingerly on the left knee. Simple handoffs and dropbacks were somewhat of a chore.
"I’ll be fine," Price said.
Still, the injuries have taken a dimension away from Price. He’s been able to elude the pass rush, but the knee injuries haven’t allowed him to get out and run and make teams pay.
"It’s taken a lot away," he said. "I can’t lie. I haven’t been able to run."
And running is a big weapon in his quarterback arsenal.
"I never imagined playing without my legs," he said. "That used to be a big part of my game. But I will be all right."
After the jump the Huskies open as three-point favorites over the Bears, Brendan Bigelow joins several other Cal players who earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.
- Washington is a three-point favorite over the Bears.
- Brendan Bigelow was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week.
- Wilner gives the team a B in its victory over Presbyterian. Special teams gaffes and penalties overshadowed an exceptional defensive performance.
- Despite Bigelow's touchdown, the special teams unit has plenty of work to do before heading up to Seattle.
- CalBears.com published several stories profiling players and coaches. They originally appeared in the September 3rd edition of the Cal Kickoff Gameday Magazine. Here's a list of who is featured: Darren Ervin and Avery Sebastian, Jim Michalczik and Eric Kiesau, Sean Cattouse, Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen, and Bryan Anger.
- Kaelin Clay will not play, once again. His academic issue is nearing a resolution, for better or for worse.
- Aaron Tipoti will return to action against UW.
- Ted Miller has an assortment of Pac-12 stats. Cal is the only team in the conference whose total defense is in the top-25 nationwide.
- Tedford speaks about preparing for UW at this week's press conference.
- Though he appears to be following in his father's footsteps, Will Kapp is his own man.
- CalBears.com checks in on the Golden Bears in the pros.
- BearTerritory.net sits down to talk with Brendan Bigelow, whose decommitment from Washington makes for an interesting storyline this weekend.
- Tarah Murrey was named the California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week.
- Robin Rostratter was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.
- The women's team continues to climb the rankings. Cal is up the 11th in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll and 18th in the Soccer America poll.
- CalBears.com interviews senior midfielder Katie Suits.
- The Bears defeated San Francisco 6-1 on Sunday.