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Huskies QB Cyler Miles retiring from football due to injury

Post by Christian Caple on June 22, 2015 at 4:14 pm with No Comments »
June 22, 2015 4:57 pm
Washington quarterback Cyler Miles passes against Washington State in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington quarterback Cyler Miles passes against Washington State in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington announced today that quarterback Cyler Miles will not return to the team, which in itself is not surprising news.

But it’s a bit of a surprise that the stated reason for Miles’ retirement, per UW, is a persistent hip injury that apparently bothered the Centennial, Colorado, native throughout his career.

UW announced on March 13 that Miles was taking a voluntary leave of absence for unspecified reasons, and after he missed all of spring football, it appeared increasingly unlikely that he would return to the team.

That notion was only bolstered when the Huskies added junior-college transfer Tony Rodriguez earlier this month, a signing that now assures the Huskies will have four scholarship quarterbacks available when fall camp begins.

“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 until he’s completed his undergraduate studies. As a third-year sophomore, he threw for 2,397 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions in 12 games as UW’s starter.

“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,” Huskies coach Chris Petersen said in a statement. “We will continue to support him and wish him the best in this next phase of his life.”

Here’s UW’s official statement:

SEATTLE – A chronic hip injury has forced Washington quarterback Cyler Miles to retire from college football, head coach Chris Petersen announced today. Medical personnel have advised Miles that it would be against his best interest to continue to play on the injury, which has persisted throughout his career.

Miles, who would have been a fourth-year junior this coming fall, started 12 games for the Huskies last season and played in a total of 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. “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.”

As with all medical retirements, Miles can remain on scholarship through the completion of his undergraduate degree, but 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.”

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