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May 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM

UW’s Chris Petersen says quarterback battle remains ‘wide open’

Troy Williams (3) and Jeff Lindquist split snaps throughout spring ball. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times

Troy Williams (3) and Jeff Lindquist (5) split snaps throughout spring ball. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Washington coach Chris Petersen had no update Thursday on the status of suspended sophomore Cyler Miles, the front-runner to take over as UW’s starting quarterback in 2014.

“No. Not yet. We don’t,” Petersen said during a Pac-12 Conference coaches’ call. “Still working through some of those issues and like I said whenever anyone has asked, when we do have any change, we’ll certainly announce it to everybody.”

Redshirt sophomore Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman Troy Williams were the only two quarterbacks to participate in Petersen’s first spring practices at UW.

Petersen said the quarterback race entering fall camp in August will be “wide open.”

“So our quarterback situation coming into fall camp, I don’t know,” he said. “It could change depending on Cyler’s situation. We have two guys right now; we have Troy Williams and we have Jeff Lindquist. Both guys did a really good job in the spring, getting better each day and learning the nuances of our offense.”

Petersen also mentioned incoming freshmen K.J. Carta-Samuels.

Asked if there was a No. 1 quarterback, Petersen said, “We don’t have one. I think it’s always easier when you do, when you’ve got a guy and a returning starter or a clear-cut guy who you feel like he’s the guy. … But both those guys made a case for themselves this spring, but we’re still wide open on this deal.”

Asked specifically about what redshirt freshmen stood out this spring, Petersen mentioned four guys: RB Lavon Coleman, CB Jermaine Kelly, LB Keishawn Bierria and QB Troy Williams (in that order, for what it’s worth).

The Pac-12 coaches will hold their annual meeting next week in Phoenix and Petersen said he’s anxious and excited to participate for the first time. He was asked about this friendship with Oregon coach Mark Helfrich, which dates back to their days together on the Ducks’ staff in the mid-1990s.

“We used to be friends,” Petersen said. “No, I’m just kidding. … Mark’s a great guy and he’s one of these guys I’m excited to go down there and talk to (next week).”

Helfrich had reached out to Petersen at times last year when Helfrich was making the transition from Oregon’s offensive coordinator to head coach.

“I think it was pretty seamless,” Petersen said. “This is such a competitive busiess we live in, it’s such a hard job coming out of the gates, but I think he did a great job. I do think that. No question the Oregon program is in great hands with him and the assistants that have been there for a long time. That’s why they’ve won and that’s why they’ll continue to do good things.”

Chris Petersen meets with his team after the Huskies' spring finale at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Chris Petersen meets with his team after the Huskies’ spring finale at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

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