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Husky Football Blog

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October 20, 2014 at 1:56 PM

If healthy, Cyler Miles will remain UW’s starting quarterback

UW quarterback Cyler Miles (right) encourages redshirt freshman Troy Williams before Williams take the field in the fourth quarter Saturday at Oregon. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW quarterback Cyler Miles (right) encourages redshirt freshman Troy Williams before Williams take the field in the fourth quarter Saturday at Oregon. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Sophomore Cyler Miles will remain the Huskies’ starting quarterback against Arizona State if he’s able to recover from a “concussion-like symptoms” that forced him out of Saturday’s loss at Oregon, UW coach Chris Petersen said Monday.

On a play in which he lost a fumble early in the fourth quarter, Miles’ head was driven to the turf. He was slow to get up on the play. After Miles was examined on the sideline, trainers then took Miles’ helmet away, typically a sign of a concussion.

Petersen confirmed on Monday that Miles had the “concussion-like symptoms” and will be monitored closely this week. Miles is probably a game-time decision, Petersen said.

“We’ll take it one day at a time with him,” Petersen said.

Asked if he would consider playing redshirt freshman quarterback Troy Williams for a series against Arizona State, Petersen said, “I don’t think we’ve got to that point yet.”

Williams, in his most extensive action for UW, was 5 of 10 passing for 37 yards in the fourth quarter against Oregon. He also ran five times for 28 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown run, the first TD of his career.

“I thought Troy did a nice job. He really did,” Petersen said. “For really playing his first time, I thought it was pretty solid.”

Williams had edged sophomore Jeff Lindquist for the No. 2 quarterback job in practice the past couple weeks.

“He’s worked hard. I think it just kind of comes from production,” Petersen said. “You’ve got to get reps in practice and all those guys do and they’re competing every day. Troy throws a pretty nice ball. It just comes down to reps and being a good decision-maker. He’s a pretty accurate thrower.”

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