Washington starting quarterback Cyler Miles, out last week with a concussion, will “definitely be ready to go” in his return to Colorado on Saturday, offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith said Wednesday.
“He’s been solid. He’s been working at it,” Smith said. “He’ll definitely be ready to go, hometown and that type of thing.”
Miles, a sophomore from Centennial, Colo., suffered the concussion in the fourth quarter of UW’s loss at Oregon on Oct. 18. In Miles’ absence, redshirt freshman Troy Williams made his starting debut in the Huskies’ 24-10 loss to No. 14 Arizona State on Saturday night.
In six starts this season, Miles has completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 1,043 yards with 10 touchdowns, one interception and two lost fumbles. He has also rushed for 239 yards and three touchdowns.
Miles has not been made available for media interviews since Oct. 11.
More from Smith in his media availability after Wednesday’s practice:
(How much can you get out of the film from the ASU game, because of the conditions?) “You can definitely get some. There’s things to clean up. It’s still 11-on-11 football, and you can get a lot from the film and we’re hoping to continue to improve from that. Definitely the weather will be better Saturday (in Colorado). It’ll be curious to see — we got some sun today (in practice), and the afternoon games that Colorado played, you can see it in the second half of the UCLA game that sun being a factor. So it’s great to be able to practice in that today.”
(What can you take away from Troy Williams’ performance Saturday night) “A lot. Because it was his first time playing a full game and go through the ups and downs and keep on battling through. I think he in particular learned a lot, and I think as a group we learned a lot.”
(Do you expect to have more depth at running back this week?) “I hope so. We’ll see. It’s still day to day.”
(on Shaq at running back Saturday night) “I thought he ran well. For the amount we gave it to him … I thought he did some good things. We definitely missed a couple of things on protection and whatnot. He gives us a spark and hopefully he continues to do it.”
(on Shaq’s knowledge of the offense) “He does. He knows it halfway decent, (but) he doesn’t have a ton of experience getting it repped. So he’s good in the meeting room and dialed on the board, but going full-speed bullets, it’s a little tougher and that showed up on Saturday a couple times.”
(on pass protection) “There’s a lot to that. It’s not a concern, but there’s a lot to that. So really (with Shaq) only have one full week of prepping made it hard on him. And the situations we put him in, too — I’ve got to be smart about that.”
(Were you pleased with the run game in general, especially with ASU keying on that?) “We were OK with it. I think still we’ve got to make some strides. We’ve got to find a way to be more explosive in the run game, a little more consistent. It’s a two-way streak in regards to that: Up front, we’ve got to carry some things and movement; our backs have to hit the holes; we’ve got to complement the run game with some passes. If you can’t threaten people in the pass game, it’s uphill sledding in the run game. So it’s all that. There’s so many factors, and we’re just going to keep working.”
(How has Cyler Miles been this week?) “He’s been solid. He’s been working at it. He’ll definitely be ready to go, hometown and that type of thing.”