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September 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Cyler Miles growing into role as UW’s backup quarterback

You’re forgiven if you missed the debut of UW redshirt freshman quarterback Cyler Miles.

Miles entered the Boise State game late in the fourth quarter in mop-up duty of the Huskies’ 38-6 rout. His collegiate game experience so far consists of three snaps: two handoffs to fellow redshirt freshman Dwayne Washington and one run of his own for 7 yards.

If all goes as planned against Idaho State on Saturday — and there’s no reason to think it won’t for UW — we’ll see much more of Miles at Husky Stadium, and presumably his first throw in a UW uniform.

“What I’ve been impressed with with Cyler is, he’s a very bright guy — and focused and detail-oriented. He prepares very well,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said after practice Thursday. “Sometimes that’s hard to do as a backup when you don’t get as many reps, you don’t know when you’re going to go in the game. So I’ve been impressed with his preparation. He’s a really talented guy, as we all know, but his preparation has been really good. Every time we’ve thrown him in he’s done a really nice job, so I’m hopeful he’ll get some more opportunities … because I think he’ll do really well when he gets in.”

— Freshman John Ross has had some growing pains as UW’s primary returner on kicks and punts. Special teams coach Johnny Nansen noted Wednesday that Ross was shaken up after absorbing a big hit on a return against Illinois, and Nansen said Ross should have fielded a couple other punts that he let bounce.

“We’re still working on it like crazy, and it’s going to pay dividends for us before the end of this season,” Sarkisian said. “We’re spending a lot of time on it, and I think it can be a real factor for our football team. We’re not there yet, obviously, but we’re close. We’re close.”

— The guess here is middle linebacker John Timu (shoulder) does not play Saturday. If that’s the case, the Huskies won’t alter anything dramatically on defense, Sarkisian said. Thomas Tutogi will indeed get the bulk of the work.

“Thomas did a nice job for us last week. If John can’t go, Thomas will step up and I think he’ll do fine,” Sarkisian said.

— On Idaho State’s offensive tempo, Sarkisian said the Bengals will try to push the pace even faster than Boise State. “Boise was going pretty fast there in the first half; I think it will try to go faster than that.”

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