Washington coach Chris Petersen hasn’t ruled out the possibility that suspended sophomore Cyler Miles, the Huskies’ most experienced quarterback, could return to the team this spring.
The King County prosecutor’s office on Thursday announced that Miles, linked to an alleged assault of a Seahawks fan after the Super Bowl, won’t be charged in the incident because of insufficient evidence.
Sophomore wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow was charged with three gross misdemeanors in the case. Both players have been suspended from team activities since Feb. 5.
Petersen was asked after practice Saturday if it was safe to assume Miles wouldn’t participate in practices the rest of the spring.
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“No. It’s not. We just haven’t really decided on that whole situation,” Petersen said. “It’s kind of one day, one week at a time. There’s no reason to rush anything, and we’re always going to do the right thing. I know everyone thinks they have their opinion on what the right thing is, but we’re going to do the right thing by the school, by this program and by the kids as well.
“I’ve said this before: This is such a political job and I’m never going to make decisions because of political reasons to make me look better, because you think, ‘Oh, that’s the right thing.’ Well, that’s not why we’re in this thing; we’re in (it) to do the right thing on all accounts. Sometimes, things just need to play out.”
Petersen was asked if there was still fact-finding involved with the situation.
“Not necessarily,” he said. “Not in my mind.”
Miles, who made one start in place of the injured Keith Price last season, is considered the favorite to take over as UW’s starting quarterback in 2014.
Young QBs progressing
UW’s ninth spring practice Saturday might’ve been the most productive for young quarterbacks Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams.
During a red-zone drill, with the Huskies in full pads and running at full speed, Williams threw two pinpoint touchdown passes of 15 yards. The first went to receiver DiAndre Campbell in the back of the end zone, with Williams sneaking the ball between three defenders. The second was to tight end Michael Hartvigson, who got one foot inbounds in the back-right corner of the end zone with safety Trevor Walker in tight coverage.
Lindquist zipped a touchdown pass along the right side of the end zone, where receiver Kendyl Taylor made an impressive catch as he dived out of bounds, keeping both feet down.
After combining for four interceptions on Thursday night, the quarterbacks didn’t have any Saturday.
“I think both guys are making progress, I really do,” Petersen said. “… I know Troy snuck a couple balls in there (the end zone), and (I) really need to look at the tape to (answer), ‘Was that really a good decision. When we play for real, are you going to get that in there or not?’ … But I think both guys are truly improving.”
Much of the focus for the quarterbacks has been on the fundamentals of footwork and arm slot and the like, but Saturday’s final team period marked a rare glimpse at them during extended, full-speed play.
“I like where Troy’s at (with his footwork),” offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said. “We coach (to) get our feet apart in space, and think that’s come a little bit (for him), so it shortens his stride, and I think his release has gotten a little bit quicker.
“I like with Jeff, his ball carriage is really what we’re asking him to do (better), and that’s come along.”
The Huskies have five more practices scheduled before their April 19 “Spring Preview” that is open to the public at Husky Stadium.