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Sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles was not in attendance at Huskies’ practice Tuesday morning, a day after news broke that Miles will not be charged in connection to an alleged assault.
Sophomore wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow will be charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault in the fourth degree and one count of malicious mischief, a source told The Seattle Times. Both players remain suspended indefinitely from team activities.
Asked after practice if there was an update on Miles, UW coach Chris Petersen said, “No. I got nothing.”
Without Miles, the Huskies continued on with two quarterbacks as they returned to Husky Stadium for the seventh practice of the spring, following a two-week break for winter-term finals and the academic spring break. They practiced in helmets and shorts, no pads.
In a word, it was rusty.
“(The two-week break) can’t be an excuse,” Petersen said. “Whatever (it is) — weather, layoff, crowd, that’s not an excuse. So hopefully we’re a little bit better on Thursday. …
“Are we please where we are? No, because we have a long way to go,” he added.
Some notes and observations:
- The Huskies will practice again Thursday at 7:15 p.m. Those Thursday practices were moved to nighttime to accommodate spring-term class schedules.
- Petersen said several notable players were absent today because of class conflicts. Marcus Peters, Danny Shelton and Ben Riva were not in attendance. Hau’oli Kikaha showed up late, didn’t participate in drills and left early. Andrew Hudson also left early.
- Freshman defensive tackle Jaimie Bryant made his first appearance in a UW uniform, wearing No. 91. Two walk-ons also joined the roster: kicker Mitch Johnson, a Bellevue product who transferred from UCLA, and cornerback Aaron Chapman, a teammate of quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels at San Jose’s Bellarmine Prep.
- Senior linebacker John Timu was back at practice after serving a two-week suspension. In team drills, se worked mostly with the first-group defense at middle linebacker.
- Free safety Brandon Beaver continues to impress this spring. In the final 11-on-11 period, Beaver stayed home on a double-move by WR Kendyl Taylor and had an easy interception on a Troy Williams‘ deep pass. A few plays later, at the end of Williams’ 30-some-yard scamper, Beaver stripped the ball away from the redshirt freshman quarterback.
- Williams, overall, looked smooth today. Much sharper than he was the first practice a month ago.
- Hybrid defensive end Cory Littleton, wearing a yellow (no-contact) jersey, participated in several position drills, the most he’s done all spring. Safety Kevin King, also in yellow, was limited again. Offensive linemen Micah Hatchie and Dexter Charles continued to work out on the sideline as they recover from injuries.
- The first-group offensive line for most team periods today was, from left to right: Jake Eldrenkamp, Siosifa Tufunga, Mike Criste, James Atoe and Ross Dolbec.
- Petersen spent a few extra minutes after practice working with Marvin Hall on a punt return drill.
- Today’s Socha Drill (organized by strength coach Tim Socha) might have been the most entertaining yet. It was essentially a high-jump competition at midfield, with pads stacked at varying heights and players (and coaches) having to clear the pads without knocking them over (there was another large pad onto which they fell). The big guys, as you can imagine, looked hilarious, with Shane Brostek doing his best Fosbury Flop to beat Taniela Tupou and win the first leg for the offense. The little guys were awesome, with John Ross flipping and contorting his body over several really high hurdles (almost 6-feet high, it appeared), just edging Jermaine Kelly, who also has impressive hops. The defense ended up winning the drill, though, thanks to linebackers coach Bob Gregory clearing the smallest of hurdles, after offensive line coach Chris Strausser failed to clear the same height. Everyone had a nice chuckle.
- Bishop Sankey, Keith Price and Austin Seferian-Jenkins watched practice. Sankey and Price will take part in UW’s Pro Day on Wednesday (that starts at 11:30 a.m. in the Dempsey Indoor Center). ASJ continues to recovery from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot.
- Lake Stevens sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason, who has offers from Washington State and Oregon State, was in attendance at practice, making some throws with a friend on sideline. He also chatted with Petersen at midfield early in practice.