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November 18, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Sarkisian: UW’s Cyler Miles ‘more elusive’ as a runner than Jake Locker

UW redshirt freshman Cyler Miles threw two touchdowns and two interceptions in relief of injured Keith Price against UCLA. (Harry How/Getty Images

UW redshirt freshman Cyler Miles threw two touchdowns and two interceptions in relief of injured Keith Price against UCLA. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Washington senior quarterback Keith Price’s sore throwing shoulder was improved Monday, UW coach Steve Sarkisian said, but the Huskies are preparing redshirt freshman Cyler Miles to make his first start Saturday night at Oregon State.

Miles made his first meaningful appearance for UW in relief of Price Friday night in UW’s loss at UCLA. Miles did some good (two touchdown passes) and some bad (two interceptions), and Sarkisian said he expects to see the young quarterback use his legs more going forward.

“I think he’s trying to find his way some — when is the right time to run it, when is not?” Sarkisian said. “We need him to run it. That’s one of the assets he possesses when he’s on the field. He’s a very accurate passer. I think he has more arm strength than people give him credit for — we saw that in the game the other night. But his legs are something that need to be a factor with him in the game.”

Sarkisian estimated that he called five to eight plays Friday night that gave Miles the option to run. Miles was credit with four rushes for minus-4 yards, including two sacks.

“There was probably two of them where I’d say, ‘Hey, Cyler, in the future I’d like you to run it there,’” Sarkisian said. “He didn’t that night, but in the future, when he does, we all know what he’s capable of.”

Sarkisian was asked how Miles compares as a runner to former UW quarterback Jake Locker.

“He’s a little bit different,” Sarkisian said. “Jake is a very physical guy — Jake’s a very physical runner, strong. Cyler is a little more of a glider, a little more elusive, I think. I don’t think he’ll take quite as many hits as Jake, but I don’t think he’ll outrun as many people as Jake did. When Jake got the edge, he was going to outrun you. The guy’s a legitimate 4.4 speed; I don’t think Cyler has that speed, but I think he’s a little bit more elusive.”

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