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.
As it turns out, Chad Kelly‘s not the only offseason legal headache for Hugh Freeze.
The Jackson Clarion-Ledger is reporting that safety Trae Elston and wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow were arrested following some type of incident very early Thursday morning. Both players were charged with disorderly conduct, while Elston received a bonus charge of resisting arrest courtesy of the Oxford Police Department.
No details of what led to the arrest and charges have been released, and the school has yet to comment on the development.
The most notable of the players involved is Elston. Over the past three years, the safety has started 32 games for the Rebels. The player whose future may be most impacted by the incident, however, is Stringfellow.
Stringfellow sat out the 2014 season after transferring into the football program from Washington — after initially being ticketed for Nebraska. His departure from UW was tumultuous as, following a pair of assaults in early February that led to charges in early April and a suspension by then-Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian, the two sides “parted ways” in May of 2014.
The receiver is expected to have a significant role in the Rebels’ offense in 2015. Whether he gets that opportunity because of his history remains to be seen.
Washington quarterback Cyler Miles is not out of Chris Petersen‘s dog house yet, but apologizing in public for his actions off the field this offseason is surely a step in the right direction. Miles read a prepared statement to the media following practice on Wednesday.
“Things happen and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Miles said in his prepared statement. “I messed up big time, and I’m willing to face the consequences and do everything in my power to gain the respect back of Husky fans, my teammates and Coach Pete.”
“I thought it was fair. Like I said, that’s really out of my control. That’s coach Pete’s decision,” Miles said, according to the Associated Press. “But I thought it was a fair consequence by him, and regardless of what it was, I’ve got to take it anyway. I didn’t have a problem with it.”
Miles was involved in an assault incident on the campus of Washington along with former wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow. The two were initially suspended, but Miles was later reinstated. Stringfellow sought a transfer to Nebraska, but he ended up at Ole Miss. Bo Pelini was not happy. Miles was most recently suspended by Petersen for the season opener for the Huskies at Hawaii. Miles was not charged for his involvement in the incident.
Miles may miss the first game of the season, but odds are still fairly good he will be the starter for the Huskies before long once he is welcomed back to the team after the first week. Petersen has said already Miles is behind the other quarterback options though, suggesting Miles is going to have to work to earn that starting job.
It is expected Washington will start the season with sophomore Jeff Lindquist or redshirt freshman Troy Williams under center against Hawaii.
If there is one thing we know about college football coaches, it is they will not take kindly to another coach form another program suggesting any foul play. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze has been hard at work in building something in Oxford, Mississippi since taking over the program, so he was not one to take kindly to the suggestion of poaching a player away from Nebraska.
Wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow was set to transfer from Washington to Nebraska but had a change of heart before following through. Stringfellow committed to join Ole Miss instead of the Huskers. How did this happen? Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini chose not to get into any specifics but let his point of view be pretty clear.
“Read between the lines,” Pelini said last week. “I think we all know what happened in that situation.”
As Ole Miss opened fall camp on Friday, Freeze was finally given a formal chance to address the comments from the Nebraska head coach. Freeze said he called Pelini to address the comment directly, but apparently Pelini was not in the mood to return the phone call.
“I reached out to him (Pelini) and said ‘hey, if you have something that I don’t know, please call me.’ I got no response,” Freeze told reporters Friday (via Ole Miss Insider). “I don’t know. I will say this, the lady I dealt with was very charming, intelligent and very observant. I think there are a lot of reasons that it may have gone our way. I’m sure he had a reason he said it. We’re glad we have String and his mom.”
Maybe Nebraska and Ole Miss can end up in the same bowl game at the end of the season so Pelini and Freeze can settle this squabble on the field.
If you are having trouble keeping up with the status of Washington quarterback Cyler Miles, you are forgiven. It has been quite a back-and-forth situation this offseason. For those keeping score, Miles is currently suspended for the season opener at Hawaii, according to Washington beat reporter Adam Jude, of The Seattle Times.
Jude reported the news of a suspension via Twitter;
Miles and former wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow were connected to an on-campus assault incident that led to the suspensions. Miles was not charged for the incident. Stringfellow later decided to transfer to Nebraska, and then to Ole Miss. Miles was suspended by Washington on February 6 and then reinstated on May 14. After seeing Miles serve a suspension through spring practices, it comes as a small surprise to see he will now be suspended for the first game of the season, although this is also a way for new head coach Chris Petersen to lay down the (football) law and send a message to the entire team right off the bat.
Miles was expected to be the leading candidate to be Washington’s next starting quarterback after the departure of Keith Price. That may prove to be the case in the long run regardless of this news, but he will have some catching up to do while Jeff Lindquist and/or Troy Williams take care of leading the offense in the season opener.