UW’s Chris Petersen on absence of Cyler Miles: ‘I got nothing’
Husky football team resumes spring practice without Cyler Miles, as two young quarterbacks split snaps and Washington coach Chris Petersen sidesteps question.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Washington offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith rolled a large inflated exercise ball toward the pocket, and his two young quarterbacks took turns sidestepping the oncoming rush, then throwing a football on the run into a standing net.
The drill was run at half-speed in one corner of Husky Stadium on Tuesday morning as the Huskies returned to the practice field and rolled along at half-strength at quarterback.
Sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles, the projected starter next season, remained on indefinite suspension from team activities Tuesday, a day after news broke that he would not be charged with an alleged assault.
Sophomore wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow will be charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault in the fourth degree and one count of malicious mischief in the alleged incidents after the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, a source with knowledge of the case told The Seattle Times on Monday.
Asked after practice if there was an update on Miles, UW coach Chris Petersen said, “No. I got nothing.”
Washington’s spring quarter began Monday, and Miles is attending classes, said his attorney, Mike Hunsinger.
Miles “hasn’t been told anything” about his status with the team, Hunsinger said, adding, “I think everyone’s taking time to figure out how to proceed.”
Without Miles on the field, young quarterbacks Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams continued to share snaps evenly. Neither has done anything to gain a significant edge after seven spring practices, where the emphasis has been more about teaching than competing.
“They’re like most of the guys,” Petersen said. “I think we’re definitely better ... than they were when we started. But we’re just not where we need to be.”
Petersen was asked if he’s pleased with the team’s progress about halfway through his first spring at UW.
“No, absolutely not,” he said. “I’m pleased with their attitude. They want to get it. We’re all working this together. (But) are we pleased where we are? No, because we have a long way to go.”
Less than half of the offensive schemes have been installed, Petersen said.
“We’ve hurt our kids as coaches by being a new coaching staff. We’ve set them back,” he said. “We tell them that every day: ‘Because we’re new and giving you new things, other people are ahead of us.’ So we’re trying to play catch-up as fast as we can.”
UW’s Pro Day Wednesday
Quarterback Keith Price, running back Bishop Sankey and safety Sean Parker are among the former Huskies scheduled to work out during UW’s Pro Day for NFL scouts on Wednesday.
Sankey said Tuesday he will catch passes from Price but won’t repeat the timed drills (such as the 40-yard dash) that he performed, to glowing reviews, at the NFL combine in February.
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will not participate in the pro day as he continues to recover from foot surgery.
• Senior linebacker John Timu was back with the team after serving a two-week suspension for the first part of spring drills last month. Timu was charged with a misdemeanor of vehicle prowling after stealing two athletic-department parking passes last year. The charge will be dropped if he remains in good legal standing for a year. “We dealt with the other issue, he’s dealt with the other issue, and now he’s back to playing football,” Petersen said.
• Freshman defensive tackle Jaimie Bryant, a Tumwater native who grayshirted the past year, made his first appearance in a UW uniform Tuesday, wearing No. 91. Two walk-ons also joined the roster: kicker Mitch Johnson, a Bellevue product who transferred from UCLA, and cornerback Aaron Chapman, a teammate of quarterback signee K.J. Carta-Samuels at San Jose’s Bellarmine Prep.
• Lake Stevens sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason, who has scholarship offers from Washington State and Oregon State, attended practice Tuesday, playing catch with friends on the sideline.
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