SEATTLE (AP) — After a lackluster offensive showing in its opener, No. 25 Washington will have a different quarterback for coach Chris Petersen's home debut.
Cyler Miles gets the start against Eastern Washington, Petersen announced on Monday. The sophomore replaces Jeff Lindquist, who struggled to move the offense for most of Washington's 17-16 win at Hawaii. Miles was suspended for spring camp and the season's first game for his involvement in two assaults the night of the Super Bowl in February. He wasn't charged in the incidents.
"I think he's got a pretty good football IQ," Petersen said at his weekly press conference. "We'll see how this thing goes, but him not being here in the spring and so many things have changed, he can recall it real rapidly ... he can put things together real quickly football-wise."
Miles was the favorite to win the starting job before the off-field troubles. He made a spot start against Oregon State a year ago and completed 15 of 22 passes for 162 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in guiding the Huskies to a win. He also played the entire second half against UCLA and the fourth quarter of Washington's bowl game due to an injury to starter Keith Price.
Miles takes over an offense that gained 336 yards against the Rainbow Warriors, but only 162 of which came through the air. That number is inflated thanks to a 91-yard touchdown pass from Lindquist to John Ross in the second quarter. The Huskies failed to score in the second half, and went three-and-out five times.
While Petersen said he was pleased with Lindquist's turnover-free performance, the first-year Washington coach wants to see what Miles can bring to the table.
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