A chronic hip injury has forced Cyler Miles, who started 12 games at quarterback for the Washington Huskies last fall, to retire from college football. UW head coach Chris Petersen announced that, after reviewing Miles’ situation with medical personnel, it would be against the Colorado native’s best interests to continue to play with the condition.
Miles, who would have been a fourth-year junior next fall, played in 20 games during his UW career.
“I am grateful to Coach Petersen and his staff for all the opportunities I have been given here at Washington,” Miles said in a statement released by the school. “I am disappointed that my hip injuries will not allow me to continue playing, but I am committed to earning my UW degree and will leave the program with many great friendships and valuable lessons learned.”
Miles can remain on scholarship through the completion of his undergraduate degree, but he will not count against the NCAA limit of 85 scholarship players on the roster.
“I am pleased that Cyler will remain committed to the pursuit of his UW degree, even though his injuries will keep him from competing on the football field,” Petersen said. “We will continue to support him and wish him the best in this next phase of his life.”
Miles produced several notable performances in his lone season as Washington’s starting quarterback. He went 15-for-20 for 191 yards and threw a 75-yard touchdown pass in the UW’s 44-19 victory over Illinois; completed 19 of 27 and tossed three TDs in a 45-14 win over Georgia State; threw for 273 yards and three TDs in a 31-7 win over California; went 18-for-23 for 253 yards and two TDs in a 37-13 win over Oregon State; completed 25 of 39 for 249 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-13 Apple Cup victory over Washington State; and threw for 268 yards and one TD vs. Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl, a 30-22 Husky loss.
Miles’ completion percentage of .666 ranked No. 2 for a single season in UW history while his 142.4 passing efficiency ranked No. 6 all-time.
In February 2014, Miles and WR teammate Damore’ea Stringfellow were placed on suspension by Petersen after the two assaulted Seahawks’ revelers in the University District following Seattle’s 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Petersen suspended Miles for the Huskies’ 2014 season opener against Hawaii, while Stringfellow transferred out of the program.
Miles voluntarily did not participate in spring drills, said to be for personal reasons. Nothing was mentioned about a hip injury.
The Huskies went through spring with three QBs: junior Jeff Lindquist, redshirt freshman K. J. Carta-Samuels and freshman Jake Browning. The Huskies also added a junior-college transfer, Tony Rodriguez.