2012 Washington Huskies Preview: Keith Price Is a Strong Heisman Candidate

TIM LOLContributor IIIMarch 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Quarterback Keith Price #17 of the Washington Huskies throws a a pass against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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What a season Keith Price had last year. And he was only a sophomore.

Washington quarterback Keith Price finished the season with 33 touchdowns and 11 interceptions—while completing 67 percent of his passes. His final QB rating of 161.9 placed him seventh among all quarterbacks in 2011. 

And let's not forget last year's Alamo Bowl—the roller-coaster-ride where Price battled with Baylor's Robert Griffin III to a crazy 67-56 finish. 

If Price does not commit to the NFL draft next season, he'll have yet another year to compete for the Heisman Trophy. This fall he'll have to beat out valid contenders Matt Barkley of USC and Marcus Lattimore of South Carolina.

There have been reports that Washington will not push Price to win the Heisman. It should be noted that nine of the last 11 Heisman winners have played in the B.C.S. National Championship Game. Washington will have to win at least eight games for Price to even be considered. 

Washington is considered to have one of the toughest schedules next year. They will play three of the likely top five teams in the preseason polls—Oregon, LSU, and USC. 

If Keith Price works hard this offseason and exceeds his performance level from last year, he will have a strong chance to compete for the trophy next year.

Trophy or not, Keith Price has a bright future playing football.