UW's starting quarterback in 2014 taking a "personal" leave from the program and won't participate in spring ball.
Washington quarterback Cyler Miles is taking a “voluntary leave of absence” from football and will not participate in spring practice, the school announced Friday.
As things stand, Miles does not plan to play for the Huskies during the 2015 season, but he is keeping his options open, a source with knowledge of Miles’ plans told The Seattle Times.
“Cyler is dealing with some things in his life that are more important than football, and he felt it was important to take some time away from the game,” UW coach Chris Petersen said in a statement. “We are working to support him in any way we can and hope he returns back to the football field soon.”
UW’s statement said Miles’ decision was for “personal reasons,” not a disciplinary matter. He will remain enrolled in classes at UW, the statement said.
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On Tuesday, Miles participated in UW’s second Husky Combine event at the Dempsey Indoor facility. He posted one of the team’s top times in the pro agility drill, running that in 4.11 seconds.
As a sophomore in 2014, Miles was the Huskies’ starting quarterback in 12 of their 14 games, completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 2,397 yards with 17 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 307 yards and four touchdowns.
Miles was suspended for the 2014 season opener at Hawaii for his role in two assaults near campus in February 2014. Petersen had also suspended Miles for all of UW’s spring practices in 2014. Miles was not charged in the incidents. Former UW receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow did plead guilty to three misdemeanor charges.
Miles was ineffective in the Huskies’ Cactus Bowl loss to Oklahoma State on Jan. 2, and afterward Petersen said he would open up the quarterback competition this spring.
In the Cactus Bowl postgame press conference, Petersen was asked about the quarterback position outlook for this spring.
“I think Cyler did progress as the season went on. Took a lot of snaps, a lot of reps, learned a lot of things,” Petersen said. “But I think every position in this program, we’ve got to have competition. We got to get better there. Those guys got to either push him. We got to improve there, and I think we will.”
Miles was asked after the Cactus Bowl about his offseason plans.
“Just keep grinding,” he said. “God’s going to take care of all the rest. All you can control is what you control, yourself, and how you are with your teammates, and your effort day in and day out. So that’s all I can focus on right now.”
Miles’ absence leaves junior Jeff Lindquist as the only quarterback on the UW roster this spring with game experience. Lindquist completed 10 of 30 passes last season, with one touchdown in his only start at Hawaii.
Young quarterback Troy Williams transferred from UW in January. Lindquist and Williams were the only two quarterbacks on the roster for UW’s first spring practices under Petersen last year.
Redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels and true freshman Jake Browning are the likely favorites now to win the starting quarterback job. Browning graduated high school early and enrolled at UW in January.