Marcus Peters back with Huskies after sitting out one game
UW coach Chris Petersen said he would take it one day at a time with the junior cornerback
Seattle Times staff reporter
Washington junior cornerback Marcus Peters, suspended last week because of his sideline tantrum, returned to practice Monday morning and will be available to play against Georgia State this Saturday, UW coach Chris Petersen said.
“He’s back with us and we’ll take one day at a time,” Petersen said.
The Huskies (3-0) played with two first-time starters, true freshman Sidney Jones and senior Travell Dixon, in the 44-19 victory Saturday over Illinois.
Asked what he expects out of Peters, Petersen said, “Most of that stuff is kind of between us and the team, but I think it’s just about doing things like a good teammate should, in general.”
Peters was listed as a starter in the depth chart distributed Monday, as was Jones.
Redshirt freshman cornerback Jermaine Kelly is likely out for the season. He had surgery Monday morning to repair a broken bone in his ankle, Petersen said.
Junior linebacker Shaq Thompson, whose two touchdowns against Illinois led UW’s bounce-back defensive performance, was named the Pac-12 defensive player of the week.
Thompson scored on a 36-yard interception return and a 52-yard fumble return, making him the first known UW player to do both in the same game.
“The first thing that jumps out about Shaq is just how much I like being around him,” Petersen said. “He’s just always got a great demeanor about him. He’s always got a smile on his face since I’ve been here. I’m sure he’s had a bad day, but I haven’t known when that day has been. So those are the guys that make the coaching thing fun.”
More leadership for Miles
Sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles said “it was a great honor” for him to be one of four players designated a captain against Illinois.
“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 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. He was not charged in the incidents.
“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.”
• The Huskies’ Pac-12 opener against Stanford will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 27 for a FOX broadcast. It will be UW’s fourth consecutive afternoon game to open the season at Husky Stadium.
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