FROM TEMPE -- Cyler Miles spoke with a few reporters in the locker room following Washington's 30-22 loss to Oklahoma State here in the Cactus Bowl on Friday night. The third-year sophomore quarterback spoke about becoming a better teammate, and other areas of needed improvement heading into next season.
(On the flat start in the first half) "We were just too relaxed. We were just too relaxed. We were kind of back on our heels, kind of just going with the flow, kind of like it was practice. All of us. I’m not singling nobody out. All of us were too relaxed in the first half and as you saw, we can’t do that.”
(Why was it better in the second half?) “The pressure was on. We were down. We had to catch up. We got going. Unfortunately it only happened in the second half, so …”
(What's the biggest lesson you'll take from this season?) “Just staying together with my teammates and just doing it with them and leading this team, continuing to work on my leadership and staying together, really.”
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(Where does that start?) “Offseason, grinding together, staying loyal to each other, man. Staying tight. All that.”
(On younger guys pushing him for playing time in spring, next season, etc.) “Just keep grinding. God’s going to take care of all the rest. All you can control is what you control, yourself, and how you are with your teammates, and your effort day in and day out. So that’s all I can focus on right now.”
(On whether the starting QB job is his going forward) “I’m not really thinking about that right now, to be honest with you. I’m just thinking about this game, trying to move forward, stay strong, stay together. That’s really not on my mind right now.”
(What area did you feel you improved the most this year?) “Becoming a better teammate, honestly.”
(In what ways?) “Just being able to set myself aside and do it for them, you know what I’m saying? This game of football, we kind of get obsessed sometimes with our stats and doing it for ourselves, how we look. That’s nice and all, but that’s not going to get you anywhere. Obviously a lot in my game has to improve, as well. I’m not trying to say that’s fine. But that’s just the biggest thing for me, to be honest.”
(You seemed to run more in the second half of the season. Was that by design?) “I just say … I can’t really say. It just worked out that way.”
(On final possession) “Score. Do everything to score. Unfortunately, I missed on a dig route to Kasen (Williams). I can’t do that. The game’s over after that.”