SEATTLE (AP) – Washington quarterback Cyler Miles apologized Wednesday for his involvement in an off-field incident after the Super Bowl that led to his suspension for the Huskies’ season opener at Hawaii.
Miles was investigated for his role in a Super Bowl night fight that included former teammate Damore’ea Stringfellow, who was dismissed from the program. Miles was suspended for spring practice. He was reinstated to the team after not being charged by prosecutors.
Miles apologized reading a prepared statement after practice, then said the suspension for the opener by coach Chris Petersen was a fair punishment.
“I thought it was fair. Like I said, that’s really out of my control. That’s coach Pete’s decision,” Miles said. “But I thought it was a fair consequence by him, and regardless of what it was, I’ve got to take it anyway. I didn’t have a problem with it.”
Miles was the presumptive starter going into 2014 after appearing in eight games with one start last season, throwing for 418 yards and four touchdowns and running for another 200 yards. While he may eventually be the best fit for the offense Petersen wants to run, he’s essentially in last place in the competition to be the starter.
Either redshirt freshman Troy Williams or sophomore Jeff Lindquist will likely be the starter to open the season on Aug. 30.
“Things happen and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Miles said. “I messed up big time, and I’m willing to face the consequences and do everything in my power to gain the respect back of Husky fans, my teammates and Coach Pete.”
Miles said the most difficult part came during spring practice when his teammates would go off to practice and he would stay at home or start getting ready for classes. His first action could come Sept. 6 in Washington’s home opener against FCS power Eastern Washington, but Petersen has cautioned it would be presumptive to assume Miles will step in as the starter after the first week.