"I just got rest. The injuries I had were six to eight weeks (for recovery) - and I was playing every week. It was just a matter of me getting off my feet and getting rested."

Price and the UW training staff changed his weight-lifting regimen, taking away some exercises and adding others to strengthen his legs and add flexibility.

Sarkisian is working with Price on taking fewer sacks and throwing the ball away under pressure more readily, to better preserve his body.

"A lot of those (injuries) were on me, just taking ill-advised sacks and not getting rid of the ball," Price said.

"Oh, I feel good."

Sarkisian knows the changes aren't meant for a payoff in April, or even when the season begins Sept. 1 against San Diego State. It's why backup Derrick Brown will get plenty of first-team time this month.

"I'm thinking October and November," Sarkisian said of Price. "How do we keep building him up to stay strong for an extended period of time? That's going to be our continued focus with him in the weight room, the training room and as we practice."

QUICK HITTERS: The players are enjoying the 8 a.m. start time for practices - and were rewarded Monday with a terrific sunny Seattle mornings. "I love it," senior C Drew Schaefer said of the early practices. Sarkisian's previous spring drills were in the late afternoon. This year his staff worked with UW's Student Athletic Academic Services department to arrange later-day classes for the players, so they could have spring drills around the same time as their offseason workouts. "It's exactly what I thought," Sarkisian said. "We've been getting them up at 5:30, 6 in the morning all offseason. I didn't have any reason to think they wouldn't come out with energy. This is late for them." ... WR Kasen Williams says he's added 15 pounds, up to 215 since his freshman season. Sarkisian wants him to be stronger coming off the line against press coverage, along with being more exact in his route running downfield. "The best thing is, I feel faster as well," Williams said of the added bulk. ... RT Erik Kohler did limited work with the second team. He continues working back from assorted injuries he got while starting last season. Starting guards Colin Tanigawa (knee surgery) and Colin Porter (surgery on both shoulders) are missing this month, leaving UW with 10 available offensive linemen. "We really want to emphasize development," Schaefer said, nailing the ultimate purpose of spring ball. ... The Huskies will have another no-pads practice Wednesday morning. They will be in half pads Friday and then go full pads for the first time April 9.