Coach Petersen may not be looking forward to September 4th with a match-up against his old employer.
The Seattle Times has reported that Cyler Miles, the Huskies starting quarterback, has announced that he is retiring from football due a hip injury he sustained in high school.
In a press release by the University of Washington, Coach Petersen expressed support for Miles by saying:
“I am pleased that Cyler will remain committed to the pursuit of his UW degree, even though his injuries will keep him from competing on the football field. We will continue to support him and wish him the best in this next phase of his life.”
Miles played two seasons with Washington and played rather impressively for the Huskies completing over 60% of his passes both years. The veteran QB also threw for 21 touchdowns and 6 interceptions during his tenure with the Huskies.
He helped lead Washington to a 4-0 start in which Miles started 3 of those games. Cyler also helped lead the team to an 8 win season and a bowl game. Miles was sacked 21 times during the 2014 season which may have helped lead to the QB’s early retirement.
The question now is, who replaces Miles?
The Huskies have some depth at the position, but not a lot of experience. Somewhat similar to Boise State’s QB situation.
The obvious choice is probably Jeff Lindquist. Lindquist is a junior QB with the most experience behind Miles. Lindquist played in 7 games in 2014 and even started in the season opener against Hawaii.
Behind Lindquist are one freshman (Jake Browning), one red shirt freshman (K.J. Carta-Samuels), and one other JUCO transfer (Tony Rodriguez). Both freshman, Carta-Samuels and Browning, were offered by Boise State and both were impressed with the Broncos with what they had to offer.
We all know Coach Pete isn’t afraid to start a freshman either, so both are viable options for the Huskies and could signal Pete’s willingness to start over and begin building Washington from the ground up.
JUCO transfer Rodriguez has an impressive resume as well. The junior QB led his team to an 11-2 overall record and 5-0 in league play including a league title.
Boise State and Washington open their 2015 Football season in Albertsons Stadium, on September 4th in front of a live national TV audience.