The Washington Huskies coaching staff saw enough of sophomore Jeff Lindquist after the team’s 17-16 victory against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The program is ready to move on with Cyler Miles behind center.
Miles received first-team reps this week, according to The Seattle Times. And his teammates are excited to have him leading the offense.
“This team, it seems a little more confident — no, (we have) a lot of confidence,” Junior receiver Jaydon Mickens told The Seattle Times‘ Adam Jude. “Because we know this guy. You’ve seen him at Oregon State; you’ve seen him come in at UCLA and almost win it for us. And it’s a different swagger when he’s out there. He’s another Keith Price. He’s changing plays, he’s reading coverages, he’s faking the defense out with this, that. It’s amazing to see him do. When he rolls out, he’s still looking down the field, keeping his arm square. If he has to run, you know he can run. He’s making everybody else play better.”
Miles saw significant playing time last season against UCLA and Oregon State. In those two games, Miles was 30-of-46 passing for 311 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Miles was expected to be Price’s heir apparent until he ran into trouble during the offseason. Miles was suspended during an investigation into an alleged on-campus assault. Miles wasn’t charged in the incident, and he was eventually reinstated to the team by new head coach Chris Petersen. Peterson admitted, though, Miles was “behind” the rest of Washington quarterbacks once he was able to return to the practice field during fall camp.
Even if Miles is still behind the rest of the Huskies’ quarterback, he shouldn’t have any trouble outperforming Lindquist’s 10-of-26 passing effort against the Rainbow Warriors.
It’s clear which quarterback the rest of the Huskies trust.
“[Miles] gives the receivers opportunities,” senior receiver Kasen Williams told Jude. “He gives the receivers chances. There’s some times where it may seem like we’re covered, but if you just throw a competitive ball, a 50-50 ball, who’s going to come down with it?
“Compared to Jeff, Jeff’s ball’s a lot harder and a lot tigher than Cyler’s is. But Cyler’s ball is in the air for a little bit longer, so he throws it with anticipation. And with that being said, it’s easier for us to see the ball all the way in and it comes in softer, so it’s easier to catch.”
Washington hosts the Eastern Washington Eagles at 3:05 p.m. EST Saturday.