Incumbent starter had been on an indefinite leave of absence from the team.
Citing a chronic hip injury, Washington quarterback Cyler Miles has retired from football, UW announced Monday.
Miles, the Huskies’ starting quarterback as a sophomore in 2014, had taken an indefinite leave from the program in March and did not participate in spring practices. At the time, UW cited “personal reasons” for Miles’ leave.
In Monday’s news release, UW said Miles had played with the hip injury during his three seasons at UW. He was “advised” to stop playing by medical personnel, UW said.
Miles, a graduate of Mullen High School in Denver, had surgery as a high school senior to repair a torn labrum in his hip. He told the Denver Post in February 2012 that he had played with the hip injury for more than two years in high school.
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“He appears great. … He says he feels great, he’s been fully cleared, ready to go,” Sarkisian said then. “So I wouldn’t expect any setbacks.”
Last year, Miles was suspended by UW coach Chris Petersen for during spring practices and for the 2014 season opener at Hawaii because of his involvement in two assaults near campus shortly after the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos in February 2014.
Miles was not ultimately charged in the incidents; former UW receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow eventually pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts in the case. In a King County Court appearance, Stringfellow’s lawyer said during the assaults his client was “backing up his quarterback,” who is a “staunch” Broncos fan.
In 12 games lat fall, Miles posted a quarterback rating of 142.4, which ranked ninth in the Pac-12. He completed 66.6 percent of his passes for 2,397 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions.
“I am grateful to Coach Petersen and his staff for all the opportunities I have been given here at Washington,” Miles said in a statement released by UW. “I am disappointed that my hip injuries will not allow me to continue playing, but I am committed to earning my UW degree and will leave the program with many great friendships and valuable lessons learned.”
Miles has not responded to a message seeking comment.
Miles can remain on scholarship through the completion of his undergraduate degree, but he will not count against the NCAA limit of 85 scholarship players on the roster.
“I am pleased that Cyler will remain committed to the pursuit of his UW degree, even though his injuries will keep him from competing on the football field,” Petersen said in a statement. “We will continue to support him and wish him the best in this next phase of his life.”
Without Miles, the Huskies had three scholarship quarterbacks available for spring practices: junior Jeff Lindquist, K.J. Carta-Samuels and Jake Browning. Since then, the Huskies have also added a junior-college transfer, Tony Rodriguez, to the open competition at quarterback.