Some fairly significant news out of the Huskies football program this morning, as the UW announced that junior quarterback Cyler Miles, the team's starter in 2014, has taken a voluntary leave of absence for personal reasons and will not participate in spring practices.
The UW's statement noted that Miles will remain enrolled at UW, and his leave is not disciplinary.
“Cyler is dealing with some things in his life that are more important than football, and he felt it was important to take some time away from the game,” Huskies coach Chris Petersen said in a statement. “We are working to support him in any way we can and hope he returns back to the football field soon."
This will obviously be the second consecutive season in which Miles will not participate in spring practices. He was suspended throughout the spring of 2014 following his involvement in an assault investigation that resulted in misdemeanor charges against ex-teammate Damore'ea Stringfellow, but no charges against Miles.
The Huskies will have three quarterbacks available during spring -- fourth-year junior Jeff Lindquist, redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels and freshman Jake Browning, who graduated early from Folsom (Calif.) High School and enrolled at UW in January. Each figures to have a much better chance now of unseating Miles from his starting position, considering Petersen has already said a few times that it's a wide-open competition.
Miles started 12 of UW's 14 games last season, completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 2,397 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions.
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