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Husky Football Blog

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September 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM

UW quarterback Cyler Miles was ‘honored’ to be named team captain against Illinois

UW quarterback Cyler Miles celebrates his 75-yard touchdown pass to John Ross in the first quarter against Illinois last Saturday. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW quarterback Cyler Miles celebrates his 75-yard touchdown pass to John Ross in the first quarter against Illinois last Saturday. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles said “it was a great honor” for him to be one of four players designated a captain for the Huskies’ game against Illinois on Saturday.

“It meant a lot,” Miles said. “I definitely know that I am going to continue to work on my leadership and being that example for guys and being that positive example on the field.”

Miles was suspended for the season opener and all of spring ball, but said he’s is working “to be a positive leader that does the right thing on and off the field” after his involvement in two assaults after the Super Bowl in February.

“I’m not perfect. Nobody is,” he said. “But that (being a leader) is just something I’ve tried to pride myself on more than I have in the past.”

UW coach Chris Petersen said he’s noticed that out of the quarterback.

“I think he’s just been doing a great job since we’ve had him back in the mix,” Petersen said. “He’s been very into it. He’s been a very good teammates. He’s been producing. All those things.”

Through two games this season, Miles has completed 65.9 percent of his passes (29 of 44) with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s also third on the team with 123 yards rushing on 21 carries, with three touchdowns and one lost fumble.

The issues ball security, Petersen said, is something coaches have been working on with Miles in recent weeks And Miles acknowledged that he needs to do a better job of holding the ball tight to his chest when he’s scrambling and running.

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