Sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles, suspended for Washington’s season opener against Hawaii last week, will start the Huskies’ home opener against Eastern Washington on Saturday, UW coach Chris Petersen announced Monday afternoon.
“I think he’s got a pretty good football IQ,” Petersen said at his weekly press conference. “He can put things together quickly football wise.”
Sophomore Jeff Lindquist, in his first career start, complete 10 of 26 for 162 yards with one touchdown in no turnovers in the Huskies’ 17-16 season-opening victory at Hawaii on Saturday night.
Miles, listed at 6-4 and 225 pounds, was suspended for the season opener for his involvement in two assaults of Seahawks fans after the Super Bowl in February. Miles was not charged in the incidents. He was also suspended for all of spring ball.
In his only interview availability since the incidents, Miles apologized.
“I messed up big time,” he said then, “and I’m willing to face the consequences.”
“I highly regret it,” he added, “and I’m just very excited to get back on the team and do my best to put this past me and start working with my guys again.”
Petersen added that redshirt freshman Coleman Shelton, who started at right tackle in his UW debut against Hawaii, is in line to start again against Eastern Washington. Senior Ben Riva is progressing from a knee injury, and could be available this week if needed.
Petersen, on freshman safety Budda Baker: “He’s going to be just fine — he’s going to be more than just fine.”