Keith Price was not invited to the scouting combine despite his record-setting career at Washington. (AP)

By Brady Henderson

Nineteen quarterbacks and more than 300 other prospects will be put through the paces at the NFL scouting combine later this month.

Keith Price won't be among them.

The quarterback who set numerous school records during this three seasons as Washington's starter didn't receive an invitation. That was a topic during Thursday's edition of "Blue 42" with Brock Huard and Danny O'Neil. Also discussed was where – if at all – Price might be drafted.

You can listen to "Blue 42" here.

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SEATTLE (AP) – Without hesitation, Desmond Simmons slid off his man and into the driving lane, planted his feet and waited to absorb the hit from Stanford's Chasson Randle.

It was clearly an offensive foul, and clearly the biggest play of the game for Washington.

"Des just did what he always does and made a really good defensive play and saved us," Washington's C.J. Wilcox said.

Wilcox overcame a poor shooting night to finish with 17 points, Simmons drew the crucial charge against Randle with 5.3 seconds remaining, and Washington held on for a 64-60 win over Stanford on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Wilcox made just 4 of 14 shots, but played all 40 minutes as the Huskies (14-11, 6-6 Pac-12) won for the first time since Jan. 25. Wilcox hit a pair of free throws with 4.1 seconds left for the final margin.

Those free throws came just moments after Simmons stepped in front of Randle and made the biggest defensive play in a game Washington needed.

Simmons finished with only four points, but had seven rebounds.

"He was relentless," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "Those are the plays we expect Desmond to make at the end of that game, taking that charge. Those are the things he does that help you win ballgames."

While Wilcox led Washington, the bigger scoring contributions came from Nigel Williams-Goss and Mike Anderson. Williams-Goss finished with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists, playing through a hip injury that was aggravated in the second half. Anderson added 13 points off the bench, his first time in double figures in 14 games. Anderson provided a huge boost with Andrew Andrews spending most of the night on the bench after picking up two early fouls.

Andrews, who was averaging 12 points per game entering Wednesday, played just 5 minutes and was scoreless.

"The way we were going, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. It was one of those situations," Romar said.

Dwight Powell led Stanford (15-8, 6-5) with 18 points and Randle added 17, but scored just four in the second half. Randle tied his career high with 33 points in the first meeting against Washington when he hit 11 of 15 shots in a 79-67 victory.

He appeared headed for a similar night after a strong first half, but was corralled in the final 20 minutes. Randle made 1 of 6 shots in the second half.

"They changed their lineup in the second half . they were a little bit bigger out there because of that," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "They played well. As I said, we just give them credit, defensively they did a good job and I don't think we executed very well."

Stanford led 46-41 midway through the second half after Josh Huestis scored five straight points while Williams-Goss was in the locker room getting treatment on his right hip. Williams-Goss returned and the Huskies immediately got consecutive dunks from Shawn Kemp Jr. Three free throws from Anderson and a floater by Williams-Goss pulled the Huskies even at 52-all and Wilcox's free throw with 5:48 left gave the Huskies a one-point lead.

Stanford went back ahead led 58-55 with 3:22 left after Powell rebounded his own miss and scored underneath. Williams-Goss then converted a three-point play to pull the Huskies even at 58-58 with 3:06 left.

Anthony Brown split free throws with 2:50 left, but Simmons knocked down a 17-footer from the baseline for a 60-59 Washington lead with 2:22 left. Powell had a chance to give Stanford the lead but missed a 5-footer with 1:10 left. Wilcox was fouled and hit both free throws with 54 seconds left for a three-point lead.

Randle made just 1 of 2 free throws with 49 seconds left, but Wilcox couldn't get a left-handed runner to fall. Stanford had two chances in the final 20 seconds to pull even. Randle tried to get to the basket quickly after Wilcox's miss, but his shot was off and deflected off Washington, giving Stanford possession with 17 seconds left. Randle eventually drove to the rim, but Simmons slid off his man and was set in position to draw the charge.

"I thought it was a charge all the way," Romar said. "I know what you're saying, you just don't know what is going to be called, but I don't think I have a biased opinion. I thought Des stood his ground and was there early enough."

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Colorado's loss at Washington last month altered the makeup of the team and for a time the course of the season. The Buffaloes showed in the rematch that they're still a team to be reckoned with.

Xavier Johnson scored a career-high 27 points, tops among three Colorado players with at least 20 points, as the Buffaloes routed Washington 91-65 on Sunday night.

Josh Scott tied his career best with 21 points and Askia Booker added 20, giving Colorado its first trio of 20 point scorers in the same game since Kal Bay (21), Dominique Coleman (20) and Richard Roby (20) did it against Oklahoma State on Feb. 3, 2007.

"That was probably as complete a performance by our team as we've had in a long long time," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "When you defend and you rebound and you shoot the ball the way we did, it's a recipe for a runaway win."

The victory was the third straight for Colorado (18-6, 7-4 Pac-12) after 1-4 stretch that began with a 71-54 loss at Washington on Jan. 12 in which the Buffaloes lost star point guard Spencer Dinwiddie to a season-ending knee injury.

Tre'Shaun Fletcher, a key reserve, suffered a knee injury in the same game.

"We should have beaten them up there," Scott said. "We took it to them this game. We thought we were better than we showed up there. We proved it tonight."

Boyle said the team is coming together anew as players adjust to new or expanded roles.

"We certainly miss Spencer and nothing's changed as far as our thoughts about him," Boyle said. "I think Askia Booker has kind of taken on that mentality as a facilitator. Xavier Talton has stepped in and given us good minutes. Xavier Johnson has stepped his game up. We've made the transition. Now the test for us is to go on the road, and prove we're a competitive team in this conference."

Johnson also had 10 rebounds for Colorado, which has won 15 of its 16 home games this season. It's the second most home wins in a season by Colorado behind the Buffaloes' 2011-12 team, which finished with 18 wins at the Coors Events Center.

"Colorado, wow. They came out on fire, shots contested, not contested," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "They were just knocking shots down and knocked us back on our heels right away. I thought coming into the game we were pretty focused and ready to play but their ability to hit shots early pushed us back a little bit. They did a nice job coming in to play."

C.J. Wilcox, the Pac 12's second leading scorer who had 31 points, on 7-of-12 shooting from 3-point range, in the Huskies' victory last month, was off target in the rematch. He finished with eight points on 2-of-10 shooting from the floor, including 0 for 7 from 3-point range.

"They definitely played with a chip on their shoulder after what happened up in Seattle," said Wilcox, who was in the defensive shadow of Johnson and Jaron Hopkins all night. "They were able to get going early. I knew they had a lot of players that play around Spencer really well. I think that most of them stepped up tonight and created offense for themselves as well as their teammates."

The Huskies were without Desmond Simmons for most of the first half after he took an inadvertent elbow to his head battling for a rebound. The blow opened a cut on his forehead and trainers helped him off the floor and into the locker room for treatment. He returned in the second half with a bandage covering the cut.

It was the third consecutive loss for Washington (13-11, 5-6), which was led by Nigel Williams-Goss with 15 points.

Up by 17 at halftime, Colorado went in front 68-50 on a breakaway dunk by Hopkins and put the game away with a 10-0 run that stretched its lead to 83-57 with 4:03 remaining. Johnson fueled the surge with a 3-pointer and fastbreak layup.

Setting the tone from the outset, the Buffaloes scored the game's first 10 points and had an 11-3 flurry over the last four minutes of the first half to take a 48-33 lead. Talton closed the surge with a jumper just before the buzzer sounded, giving the Buffaloes their biggest output of the season in the first half and the most ever in a Pac-12 game.

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Two University of Washington football players, including expected starting quarterback Cyler Miles, have been suspended indefinitely.

Head coach Chris Petersen suspended Miles and wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow for violating team rules, according to a statement issued Thursday by the UW.

The statement made no reference to a Seattle Police investigation of an assault involving two men following the Super Bowl. Police would not confirm that the two UW football players were suspects, but reports link the pair to the assault.

According to a police report, a man was walking with his girlfriend near NE 55th St. at about 10:30 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday when two men jumped out of a car and confronted him, asking if he was a Seahawks fan. The man told police he responded by asking them if they were Broncos fans. Police say the men then punched the pedestrian repeatedly, while a woman driving the car was yelling at them to get back in the car.

At some point, police were told that the two attackers matched the description of two people involved in an assault in the U-District, near where a mattress was set on fire in the street.

The police report said the victim in the second assault was shown photos of Huskies football players and identified two as his attackers. The officer who wrote the report said that the victim was "positive" about the identity of one attacker and "almost positive" about the other.

Police would not confirm the identity of the suspects in the post-Super Bowl attacks. Miles is from Denver and Stringfellow is from California.

SEATTLE (AP) - New Washington coach Chris Petersen has suspended quarterback Cyler Miles and wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow indefinitely for violation of team rules.

Petersen announced the suspensions on Thursday. The school said Petersen would have no further comment on the matter and did not specify what caused the violation.

Myles is the presumptive starting quarterback for the Huskies heading into next season. He was the backup to Keith Price during the 2013 season and started one game late in the season at Oregon State. Stringfellow was also expected to be a starter going into next season after coming on late in the season. Stringfellow had eight catches for 147 yards and a touchdown at UCLA.

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SEATTLE (AP) – Chris Petersen landed a gem to cap his first recruiting class at Washington.

Five-star defensive back Budda Baker, The Associated Press Washington state player of the year, was the top recruit to commit to Petersen and the Huskies during national signing day on Wednesday. Baker announced his commitment on local television on Tuesday night and then confirmed it on Wednesday morning by sending his national letter of intent.

"I think we're really excited to keep Budda here at home," Petersen said. "The second I got here that's all I heard about. We were familiar with him over in Boise. I think he's a fabulous player."

Petersen's first class went in waves after he was hired in early December to take over the Huskies program. He saw some players follow him from Boise State to Washington but also lost a few recruits who chose to follow former coach Steve Sarkisian to USC.

Baker was the top of the class, but Washington also was able to sign quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels, cornerback Naijiel Hale and defensive lineman Kaleb McGary. Critical to Petersen was signing six kids from Washington. Baker's signing was most critical after he first had given a verbal commitment to Oregon before changing to the Huskies.

"Six kids from Washington (is) really important for us to keep the best players here in the state," Petersen said.

Petersen went heavy on defense with 14 of the 24 signees coming on that side of the ball. McGary was a standout offensive lineman in high school, but will start his college career on the defensive line. Offensively, nearly half of Washington's nine signings were offensive linemen. The Huskies signed only two receivers, including Dante Pettis, the cousin of Austin Pettis who played for Petersen at Boise State.

Petersen joked with reporters at an afternoon press conference wondering why anyone was there and not in downtown Seattle celebrating at the Seahawks championship parade. Petersen said he was going to try to make it down to the parade but didn't think he could get back to campus in time.

"What a great day for Seattle. I really mean that," Petersen said.



National rankings (Rivals 38; Scout 38).

Best in class: Budda Baker, DB, Bellevue, Wash. The AP state player of the year in Washington was originally committed to Oregon, but decided he wanted to play closer to home. Major coup for Chris Petersen in his first season.

Best of the rest: DL Kaleb McGary, QB K.J. Carta-Samuels, CB Naijiel Hale, TE Drew Sample, DT Greg Gaines.

Late addition: Baker capped the recruiting class with his announcement on Tuesday night on local TV of his decision to stay at home.

One that got away: Jonathan Lockett, CB. Lockett was originally committed to Washington but followed Steve Sarkisian to USC.

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By Brent Stecker

The NCAA closed its investigation Monday of allegations former Washington assistant coach Tosh Lupoi paid for a recruit's tutoring, and announced it will not penalize Lupoi or the Washington football program.

The Seattle Times' Adam Jude reported that University of Washington President Michael Young was delivered a formal letter Monday from Tom Hosty, the NCAA’s Director of Enforcement, which stated that the NCAA has "completed the inquiry into those matters" and that "the enforcement staff does not believe that further action is warranted."

The investigation of Lupoi and the school lasted six weeks. The school did not retain him as a part of new head coach Chris Petersen's staff, and he has since parted ways with Washington in a mutual agreement that paid him $300,000.

He was brought on to the Huskies staff by former coach Steve Sarkisian as defensive line coach after the 2011 season, and was one of the Pac-12's 10 highest-paid assistant coaches last season at $350,000.

The investigation of Lupoi was prompted in December after Mike Davis, a former Lynnwood High School assistant track and field coach, alleged that Lupoi paid $4,500 for former Lynnwood defensive lineman Andrew Basham, who signed with UW in February 2013 but wasn't academically eligible, to take tutoring and online classes.

Lupoi denied helping Basham financially in a Dec. 19 tweet.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - D.J. Shelton scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as Washington State beat Washington 72-67 on Saturday, breaking a four-game losing streak.

C.J. Wilcox scored 24 points to lead Washington (13-9, 5-4 Pac-12), which had beaten the Cougars six straight times dating to 2011. The Huskies were done in by 38.9 percent shooting in the second half.

Que Johnson added 15 points for Washington State (9-12, 2-7).

The game marked the return of WSU leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who missed eight of the past nine games with appendicitis and an unrelated rib injury. He scored 10 points, well below his average of 17.7 points, but was most effective in the late going.

Washington State has struggled to score without Lacy as the Cougars are last in the Pac-12 in points per game (62) and field goal percentage (.413).

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