Washington sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles has been suspended for the season opener at Hawaii, UW coach Chris Petersen told The Seattle Times.
Miles, the overwhelming favorite to replace three-year starter Keith Price as UW’s starting quarterback this year, was linked to two assaults in post-Super Bowl incidents on the UW campus Feb. 2, but he was not ultimately charged. Miles served a three-month suspension, missing all of spring ball. Petersen reinstated Miles on May 14.
Receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault in the post-Super Bowl incidents, and his attorney told a King County judge that Stringfellow was “backing up his quarterback” during the altercations. In the first incident, Stringfellow admitted knocking down a young woman “in a harmful manner” at a celebratory bonfire after the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos. The woman, who was taking photos of the bonfire celebration, briefly lost consciousness after the altercation with Stringfellow.
Miles, who was wearing Broncos gear, was also present at the bonfire. Less than an hour later, Stringfellow and Miles, according to the charging documents, got out of a car, chased a Seahawks fan and assaulted him. Prosecutors did not pursue charges against Miles because of insufficient evidence.
UW announced in May that Stringfellow would transfer to another school.
With Miles suspended, sophomore Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman Troy Williams shared quarterback reps during spring ball, and one of them will surely start against Hawaii. Neither has attempted a pass in a college game. Incoming freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels is the only other quarterback on the UW roster.
Miles, a sophomore from Centennial, Colo., near Denver, started one game for the injured Price in 2013, helping the Huskies to a 69-27 victory at Oregon State. 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.