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LOS ANGELES — Washington coach Chris Petersen says sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles has “done everything right” seen being reinstated to the team following a three-month spring suspension.
Petersen told The Seattle Times this morning that Miles would also serve a one-game suspension for the Huskies’ season opener at Hawaii on Aug. 30. Miles will practice with the rest of his teammates during August’s fall camp and he will have a chance to win the starting quarterback job after the Hawaii game.
“He’s done a good job. He’s done everything right, without question, or he wouldn’t be with us,” Petersen said at the Pac-12 Conference media days. “Guys make mistakes, we all know that. … I always say, hey, the age group we’re dealing with for the most part is the dumbest age group in America. It just happens to be so public a lot. … It’s just important that we learn from it.”
Miles was linked to two assaults in post-Super Bowl incidents on the UW campus Feb. 2, but he was not ultimately charged.
“The courts didn’t do anything, but we did,” Petersen said. “I think we took some pretty hard action when things were still being decided, and he didn’t do anything with us football-wise. You take a brand-new staff that’s teaching this and you take a guy out and give him nothing at that position, that’s pretty tough.”
Petersen was asked if he was “angry” about the incident in February.
“I would say the fact that he didn’t have one day or one meeting in spring football probably sent a pretty strong message to him,” Petersen said. “But throughout that process, moving forward, he did everything correctly. And I think he’ll be a better person, a better teammate, a better everything for going through it. …
“He made a mistake. He owned up to it. He did everything right as we went forward, and he’s going to get a second chance.”
Either sophomore Jeff Lindquist or redshirt freshman Troy Williams will start at quarterback against Hawaii.
“We gotta figure out our quarterback situation, starting with Troy and Jeff, and then how Cyler factors in there. So that’ll be interesting,” Petersen said. “That’s part of the challenge and part of the fun of the job. The one thing is, you know you’ve got to have a quarterback that’s playing at a high level or that whole offense will struggle.”
After the Hawaii game, UW senior offensive tackle Ben Riva said he expects Miles to win the starting job.
“If he plays like he did against Oregon State (last year), there’s no doubt in my mind,” Riva said.
Miles, in his only collegiate start, led the Huskies to a 69-27 victory at Oregon State last November. For the season, he appeared in eight games, completing 37 of 61 passes for 418 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 200 yards on 23 carries.