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Jake Locker was under center for the Washington Huskies the last time time the two teams met and was intercepted by Arizona State's Omar Bolden in the end zone on the final play of the game to give the Sun Devils a 24-14 victory in rainy Seattle.
Locker and Bolden went on to careers in the NFL due to hard work, perseverance and a long list of other intangibles that scouts and GMs saw in the combine and during preseason.
What intangibles do Kelly and Price hold?
Taylor Kelly is mastering the offense and taking command of the team. Kelly himself said (via Ted Miller on ESPN.com)
"When things would start to hit the fan last year, I would kind of panic and start forcing things. Or if we were down, I'd feel I had to make a play. After watching film, I realize I need to take the easy route and take what the defense gives me."
Coach Graham agrees:
"He commands our team. He's a guy with all the intangibles, a guy we completely trust," Graham said. "We have a quarterback who is a championship-level quarterback. That gives you a chance."
Keith Price is a senior that has been playing with an injured thumb on his throwing hand since midway through the Stanford game—his best performance of his career. Huskies' coach Steve Sarkisian admired his tenacity in the game and said (via Adam Jude of the Seattle Times)
“(After) some of the shots he took, for him to continue to get back up to throw the football, to make really critical throws on third downs in the second half, I just thought was tremendous,” Sarkisian said.
Jeff Bell, featured columnist for the Oregon Ducks on Bleacher Report described Price as a bigger threat to the Ducks than running back Bishop Sankey due to his ability to "open up the entire playbook on second and third down," Bell goes on to say:
"Price will have the ball on every offensive snap and will be able to distribute it to any number of offensive weapons. His toughness is unmatched, and he isn't making the same mistakes from last season."
Commanding the offense, opening the entire playbook, playing without panic and through adversity are all major intangibles held by these two solid field generals.