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Quick hitters: Chris Petersen on Miles, Stringfellow and other things

Post by Christian Caple on March 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm with No Comments »
March 3, 2014 3:13 pm
Washington quarterback Cyler Miles, right, passes as Oregon State defender D.J. Alexander moves in during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.  (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Washington quarterback Cyler Miles, right, passes as Oregon State defender D.J. Alexander moves in during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Some quick notes from Washington coach Chris Petersen’s pre-spring press conference …

— As expected, quarterback Cyler Miles and receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow remain suspended while being investigated for alleged assault. Neither will be with the team tomorrow, though Petersen didn’t specify whether they would miss the entire spring.

“We’ll just let that play out and see where it goes,” Petersen said.

He was asked whether their suspension serves as a message to the rest of the team.

“This is a work in progress in terms of the culture that we want and how we’re going to do things,” Petersen said. “There’s been no talk of those guys. They haven’t been here and we’ve moved on, and we’re going. It’s not about those guys; it’s about the guys that are in the room, that’s the message.”

— A handful of players will be limited during spring practices, and a few others will miss spring entirely.

Those who won’t practice in the spring: receiver Kasen Williams (leg), offensive lineman Dexter Charles (shoulder) and receiver Taelon Parson.

Petersen said he hopes to have Williams back, at full-speed, by the summer.

Those who will be limited: running back Ryan McDaniel, offensive lineman Micah Hatchie, safety Kevin King, linebacker Scott Lawyer and defensive end Cory Littleton.

“And that’s just to get us started,” Petersen said. “We haven’t hit anybody yet, so when that starts you know we’ll lose a few more as well.”

— Petersen joked a couple of times about UW only having two quarterbacks — Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams — available for spring practice. Because of UW’s lack of depth at that position, both of those players are going to get plenty of reps.

“They’re going to get more work, like I said, than they ever dreamed,” Petersen said. “We’ll maybe have two groups, the ones and the twos, and those guys are interchangeable and those groups are interchangeable. So we certainly don’t have any starters at that position for sure. We’ll get them a lot of work and guys don’t need to worry about their rank in the depth chart – they just need to get better each day.”

— On Andrew Hudson and DiAndre Campbell, who are returning for a fifth year after it was announced in November that they would be leaving the program, Petersen said: “Again, just talking about that clean start, fresh start. When I first got here, I didn’t know, and we were talking about that and I said ‘hey, maybe we’ll do spring ball and see how this thing looks and see what you guys think, and we’ll go from there.’ I think they’re both really good kids and I’m excited about those guys. They’ve been really good in the weight room, really good in the locker room. Those are the type of guys we’re all about, so I’m anxious to see how they perform on the football end.”

— Petersen said it’s not inconceivable that a couple players could be used on both offense and defense, referencing linebacker Shaq Thompson’s abilities as a running back in high school.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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