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October 12, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Huskies morning links: Cyler Miles blocks out outside noise, bounces back with career day at Cal

Cyler Miles threw for a career-high 273 yards and three touchdowns in Washington's 31-7 win at California. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Cyler Miles threw for a career-high 273 yards and three touchdowns in Washington’s 31-7 win at California. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Good morning from Alaska Airlines flight 345 somewhere high above Oregon. The Huskies (5-1, 1-1 Pac-12) and Ducks (5-1, 2-1) will play down there somewhere outside my 15F window seat at 5 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports 1). First, a look back at the Huskies’ 31-7 victory at Cal on Saturday:

In the wake of a particularly lackluster effort by the Washington quarterback [against Stanford], in a season mostly lacking sizzle from the offense, many Husky followers were beginning to openly question if he was the right person for the job.

But Miles made a decision at the beginning of the season: He was going to tune out the media – social and traditional. No articles, no Twitter, no Instagram, no Facebook.

For a college student these days, that might be the ultimate sacrifice. But for Miles, considering the turmoil he’s faced, it was a wise decision.

“Honestly, going into my first game, with everything that’s happened this past year, I just made a promise to myself to not look at the articles and stuff,’’ he said. “There’s no point. I used to be a guy who was always into that. I’d look at pictures of myself. That’s what we all do. I didn’t see how that could help.”

Instead of reading tweets, he studied the playbook, and Petersen could see the difference in his quarterback.

“I’m really proud of Cyler,’’ he said.

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