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Washington Huskies QB Cyler Miles Needs To Stay Focused On Football

Ed Szczepanski/USA Today

Ed Szczepanski/USA Today

Washington Huskies sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles addressed the media for first time since two post super bowl altercations in February. He apologized for his actions against a male Seattle Seahawks fan that was assaulted during a bonfire celebration. Miles was not charged by King County prosecutors in Washington for the incidents due to lack of evidence.

In the prepared statement, Miles said, “A lot of people that represent me are affected by my actions, obviously my family, my teammates, my university and also the city I live in right now, Seattle. It was an embarrassment to all those people, to me, my family and my last name. So for that, I truly apologize. And at the same time, I realize that I did mess up. I highly regret it, and I’m just very excited to get back on the team and do my best to put this past me and start working with my guys again.”

The best thing that Miles can do to prove his worth to the Huskies will come on the football field. Head Coach Chris Peterson still has faith that Miles can mature into a strong minded quarterback that will lead the Huskies on and off the field. He has a long road to redemption though, after being suspended the past three months from the Huskies offseason team activities’. There’s no doubt of Miles being a talented athlete on the field. He needs to have a good season without incident in order to regain the respect back from the Seattle community.

Peterson announced that Miles would be suspended for the season opener on Aug. 30 against Hawaii, giving the start to sophomore Jeff Lindquist or redshirt freshman Troy Williams. It will be difficult for Miles to sit out, especially after missing time in the offseason, but is in control of the performance he has on the field. Miles is the most experienced option under center on the Huskies’ roster and is expected to become the starter again this season.

Jeff Hauser is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @radiohauser.