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Chronic hip issue forces UW Huskies QB Cyler Miles to retire

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Back in March Washington confirmed that Cyler Miles had taken what was described as a “voluntary leave of absence, with a subsequent report stating that the starting quarterback would not play for the Huskies at all in 2015.

As it turns out, Miles won’t — or for any other team, for that matter.

In a press release, UW announced that Miles has been forced to retire from the sport of football because of a chronic hip condition. The release stated that “[m]edical personnel have advised Miles that it would be against his best interest to continue to play on the injury, which has persisted throughout his career.”

According to the school, Miles will remain enrolled at UW on scholarship. That scholarship will not count against the 85-man limit.

“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,” head coach Chris Petersen said in a statement. “We will continue to support him and wish him the best in this next phase of his life.”

After missing the 2014 opener because of a suspension related to an offseason incident, Miles started 12 of the next 13 games for the Huskies.  He played in a total of 20 games during his Huskies career.

“I am grateful to Coach Petersen and his staff for all the opportunities I have been given here at Washington,” Miles said. “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.”

With Miles out of the picture, it leaves the Huskies UW with three options at the quarterback position: Jake BrowningK.J. Carta-Samuels and Jeff Lindquist.  Lindquist, a redshirt junior, started the 2014 opener in place of Miles, while Carta-Samuels, a four-star 2014 recruit who took a redshirt as a true freshman, and Browning, a four-star member of this year’s class who is an early enrollee, have never thrown a pass at the collegiate level.

Washington adds JuCo quarterback

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Washington has “confirmed” the signing of City College of San Francisco quarterback Tony Rodriguez, adding a bit of depth to a position that needs it.

“We’re really happy that we were able to find Tony,” head coach Chris Petersen said in a statement. “He’ll add an immediate boost to the competition at the quarterback position this fall.”

A native of Stockton, Calif., Rodriguez threw for 2,382 yards and 18 touchdowns against a scant four picks while connecting on 164-of-279 throws (58.7 percent) for the 11-2 Rams. He was named Bay 6 Conference MVP and the Offensive Player of the Year on the Region I All-California JuCo team.

Rodriguez will be a true junior in 2015 and figures to slide into the competition to replace the enigmatic Cyler Miles, who took a “voluntary leave of absence” in March. He’ll compete with rising junior Jeff Lindquist, who completed 10 of his 30 throws in last season, and freshmen K.J. Carta-Samuels and Jake Browning.

It would benefit Petersen and the Huskies to find a quarterback quickly. Washington opens at Boise State on Friday, Sept. 4.

Report: Cyler Miles doesn’t plan on playing for UW Huskies in 2015

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Earlier today Washington confirmed that starting quarterback Cyler Miles had taken what was described as a “voluntary leave of absence” as he “is dealing with some things in his life that are more important than football.”

Now, it appears that leave of absence may be permanent.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, the Seattle Times is reporting that “Miles does not plan to play for the Huskies during the 2015 season.” What Miles’ intentions for the moment when it comes to his football future are not yet known, the source told the Times that he’s keeping all of his options open.

Presumably those options include, in particular, a transfer. Should the redshirt sophomore opt to take that route, he would, barring a successful appeal for a hardship waiver, likely be forced to sit out the 2015 season if he landed at an FBS school. That would leave the Colorado product with one more season of eligibility in 2016.

He could also transfer to an FCS and gain immediate eligibility, which would leave him with two more on-field seasons.

After missing the 2014 opener because of a suspension related to an offseason incident, Miles started 12 of the next 13 games for the Huskies. Should Miles’ leave of absence turn into a departure, it would leave UW with three options at the quarterback position: Jake BrowningK.J. Carta-Samuels and Jeff Lindquist.  Lindquist, a redshirt junior, started the 2014 opener in place of Miles, while Carta-Samuels, a four-star 2014 recruit who took a redshirt as a true freshman, and Browning, a four-star member of this year’s class who is an early enrollee, have never thrown a pass at the collegiate level.

Troy Williams, who started one game last season, announced his decision to transfer from UW in early January.

Washington QB Cyler Miles takes voluntary leave of absence

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Washington quarterback Cyler Miles will take some time off from football activities this spring. Washington head coach Chris Petersen announced the leave of absence Friday.

“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,” Petersen said in a  statement Friday. “We are working to support him in any way we can and hope he returns back to the football field soon.”

Miles remains enrolled in classes at Washington, and the university stressed this is not a disciplinary issue in its released statement. This is, however, the second consecutive spring Miles will miss practicing with the team. Miles was suspended from spring practices a year ago, along with wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow, for a violation of team rules. Miles was later reinstated by Petersen and suspended for the season opener.

With Miles taking time off, Washington will go through spring practices with three scholarship quarterbacks. K.J. Carta-Samuels, Jeff Lindquist and Jake Browning will all be available this spring. Lindquist was the only one of the three that saw any game action in 2014. He appeared in 13 games and completed 10 of 30 pass attempts for 162 yards and a touchdown. Miles was Washington’s regular starter last fall. Carta-Samuels and Browning are each four-star recruits in the previous two recruiting classes and could be the most likely to benefit from any extra snaps that come their way this spring.

Washington’s Chris Petersen remains coy about QB position

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Washington head coach Chris Petersen remains adamant that he doesn’t know who his starting quarterback will be this fall.

“The best quarterback’s going to win, there’s no question about it,” Petersen said in an interview with Steve Sandmeyer, Jason Churchill and Bill Swartz  on 1090 AM in Seattle, via The News Tribune. “I’m really excited to see this competition. I think we’ve got some talent there. Some of it’s very young talent. I’m really anxious to see how that’s going to go. Everybody wants to talk about the quarterback and it’s an extremely important position, but I would say we’ve got that going across the board. There are no jobs that are secure and safe. There’s just not. That would be ridiculous to even make that statement. I don’t care if you have a guy that’s played for four years. We’re always trying – and we tell our team that – we’re trying to recruit young guys to beat you out, but it’s going to be hard to do if you’re doing everything that we’ve asked you to do, and you’ve been doing that for a long time. But if we don’t have good competition, then we’re not going to have the growth and improvement that we need.”

When Peterson was asked a similar question during an interview with KJR’s Dave Mahler last month, he wouldn’t even give an edge to incumbent starter Cyler Miles.

Miles finished last season with 2,397 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions. Yet the Huskies offense finished 10th overall in total offense among the rest of the Pac-12 Conference and 11th in pass offense.

There is an obvious need for improvement on that side of the ball for Petersen’s squad.

It could come from true freshman Jake Browning, who is already on campus and will participate in spring practice.

Whatever direction Petersen finally decides to take, the Huskies must be better on offense for them to compete in the Pac-12. Otherwise, Washington will have trouble dethroning the Oregon Ducks as the top team in the North division.