Washington announced via press release on Wednesday that suspended third-year sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles has been reinstated and will participate in team activities going forward, and that sophomore receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow will transfer from UW.
The school also announced that running back Ryan McDaniel, a third-year sophomore, will retire from football due to recurring knee injuries. He ends his career with 10 carries for 47 yards, all during UW’s victory over Idaho State in 2013.
Stringfellow’s transfer destination is unknown. UW said it will have no further comment.
Miles and Stringfellow were the subject of an assault investigation stemming from a pair of alleged incidents that occurred Feb. 2 in the hours following the Seattle Seahawks’ victory over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office declined to file charges against Miles, citing insufficient evidence, but charged Stringfellow with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of malicious mischief, all misdemeanors.
Stringfellow pleaded guilty to each charge in April as part of a deal, and was sentenced to five days on a work crew and assessed a $693 fine or 70 hours of community service. He was also ordered to complete “Level 2″ anger management counseling.
From our previous story:
According to charging documents, Stringfellow attended a celebratory bonfire in the Greek Row neighborhood near the UW campus with UW quarterback Cyler Miles on Feb. 2. Stringfellow had been waving a Broncos hat or beanie in the faces of celebrating Seahawks fans before an unknown man grabbed it and threw it either on the ground or toward the bonfire.
Stringfellow and the man began fighting, and after they were separated, he moved toward the female victim and her camera, struggling with her and damaging the camera lens. The female victim fainted, though charging documents note that she hadn’t been feeling well that night.
Stringfellow also admitted to assaulting a male victim later that night. According to charging documents, Stringfellow and UW quarterback Cyler Miles approached a man and his girlfriend in the 2300 block of N.E. 50th Street before Stringfellow punched the man in the face, chased him and punched him again.
That was after Stringfellow asked the man if he was a Seahawks fan. When the victim replied yes, Stringfellow blocked his path before pushing him into a hedge, and then chased him toward an apartment building.
UW used only two quarterbacks during spring practices — Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams — and coach Chris Petersen side-stepped questions about whether Miles would be given the opportunity to win the starting job once preseason practices begin in August. It’s also not known whether Stringfellow was given an avenue to return to the team and simply chose not to, or if he was strongly encouraged to head elsewhere.