The Washington Huskies will be without one of their best offensive weapons in 2014 after wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow announced his decision to transfer. Stringfellow has been on suspension since February, along with quarterback Cyler Miles, when he was charged with assault stemming from an incident after the Super Bowl. Stringfellow was poised to be a major impact player for the Huskies next season but now must deal with his college career being put on hold while he deals with the repercussions of his actions.
Stringfellow was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of malicious mischief after two incidents on February 2 following the Seattle Seahawks‘ Super Bowl victory. He ultimately plead guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of third-degree malicious mischief, all misdemeanors, and sentenced to five days on a work crew, fine $693, and ordered to seek additional anger management. Due to “insufficient evidence” against Miles, who was with Stringfellow, the quarterback avoided any charges.
Both players were in limbo, however, in terms of their future with the Washington program under new head coach Chris Petersen. Getting charged with assault was probably not the first impression that Stringfellow wanted to make and it apparently soured the relationship between the talented wideout and the football program to the point where he will have to start over somewhere new in 2014.
For the Huskies, it is a major loss of talent in the passing game. Stringfellow came on strong towards the end of his freshman season in 2013, taking full advantage of the opportunity afforded him by the injury to starter Kasen Williams. Against the UCLA Bruins, he had a breakout performance, catching eight passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. He was expected to move into the starting lineup in 2014 with a healthy Williams and rising junior Jaydon Mickens.
Instead, the NFL-talent of Stringfellow will likely have to sit out the 2014 season as he looks for a new place to land. It is unfortunate that the young standout was unable to stay on the straight and narrow and take advantage of a good situation at Washington. Hopefully, he can take his time away from the game as he sits out for a year (if he ends up at an FBS program in 2014) to regroup and become the player he’s capable of being in 2015.