The Cyler Miles era is officially over for the Washington Huskies football team.
The school announced Monday that Miles, the fourth-year junior quarterback who had been on an indefinite leave of absence since March 13, has decided to retire from football because of a “chronic hip injury.”
UW’s official release states that Miles’ hip injury persisted throughout his career, and that “medical personnel have advised Miles that it would be against his best interest to continue to play on the injury.”
“I am grateful to Coach (Chris) Petersen and his staff for all the opportunities I have been given here at Washington,” Miles said in a statement released by UW. “I am disappointed that my hip injuries will not allow me to continue playing, but I am committed to earning my UW degree and will leave the program with many great friendships and valuable lessons learned.”
Miles, who started 12 games last season as a third-year sophomore and threw for 2,397 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions, can remain on scholarship until he completes his undergraduate degree. But he will no longer count against UW’s 85-scholarship limit.
The native of Centennial, Colorado, never missed a game due to a hip injury — he did miss one game last season because of a concussion — though Miles did undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip before signing his national letter of intent to play for the Huskies on Feb. 1, 2012.
According to a Denver Post story published the next day, Miles, who was on crutches when he signed his NLI, played with an injured hip for 21/2 years in high school.
He came to UW as a coveted, four-star recruit, and after redshirting as a true freshman, he made his first career start in place of injured starter Keith Price in a 69-27 victory at Oregon State on Nov. 23, 2013.
But the following offseason proved troublesome. Miles was accused, along with receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow, of assaulting a man during a celebration in the University District following the Seattle Seahawks’ victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVII.
Stringfellow eventually transferred to Mississippi after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor assault charges and a misdemeanor malicious mischief charge, though the King County Prosecutor’s Office, citing lack of evidence, declined to file charges against Miles.
He was still suspended indefinitely and missed all of UW’s spring practices in 2014. Upon returning to the team for fall camp, Miles apologized for his role in the alleged assault, and he took over the starting quarterback job after serving a one-game suspension during UW’s season-opener at Hawaii.
It seemed clear that he was their best option, but the Huskies’ offense never seemed to find any consistency with Miles at quarterback. His passing numbers were fine, but he too often scrambled out of the pocket and threw the ball away instead of trying to extend a play, and developed a fumbling habit that proved costly at times.
In March, the Huskies announced that Miles was taking an indefinite leave of absence from the program for unspecified reasons. He again missed all of spring practice, during which time Jeff Lindquist, K.J. Carta-Samuels and Jake Browning split repetitions at quarterback.
Without Miles, the Huskies’ roster features four scholarship quarterbacks — the aforementioned three, plus recently-signed junior-college transfer Tony Rodriguez. Lindquist is the only quarterback on the roster with NCAA Division I experience.