SEATTLE – Jovial by nature, Jaydon Mickens often smiles when he speaks, his excitable nature conveyed nearly every time he’s interviewed.
But that’s just the junior receiver’s default. Ask him about third-year sophomore Washington Huskies quarterback Cyler Miles, and Mickens cranks the cheer up another notch.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “You should see what’s going on out in practice.”
You can’t, of course, because practices are closed. So here’s Mickens, asked how the insertion of Miles as UW’s starting quarterback this week against Eastern Washington (12 p.m. Saturday, Pac-12 Networks) might help improve an offense that struggled its way to just 17 points last week against Hawaii.
“I feel it changes a lot,” Mickens said. “It’s a lot of leadership. I’m not saying that Jeff (Lindquist) didn’t have that – he definitely had that – but it’s a better feel,” Mickens said. “It feels like we’ve kind of got another Keith Price back there, really constructing the offense, really putting balls where they need to be, holding his receivers accountable on everything, and it’s moving a lot faster and a lot smoother.” Read more »
Here’s what senior receiver Kasen Williams said earlier today about third-year sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles, and what he might bring the Huskies’ offense in his second career start on Saturday against Eastern Washington.
(On Cyler Miles) “He gives the receivers opportunities. He gives the receivers chances. There are sometimes where it may seem like we’re covered, but if you just throw a competitive ball, a 50-50 ball, who’s going to come down with it? Those are the balls that I like the most because it gives you a chance to really separate yourself and make those catches that you want your quarterback to trust you to make. So with that being said, I think that’s going to be real key, because we’re not going to get open every single time, but I guarantee if you put the ball in the air, we’re going to come down with it 90 percent.” Read more »
Huskies coach Chris Petersen met with reporters for about 24 minutes today, covering all of the topics you would assume a coach might cover on the Monday before his team’s season opener.
Here are a few quick notes and news items …
— Petersen said former walk-on DB Brian Clay and former walk-on DL Drew Schultz have each been awarded scholarships.
— Some of you asked about Kasen Williams, and why he isn’t listed as a starter on the depth chart. Petersen said Williams isn’t quite 100 percent recovered yet from the leg injury he suffered in October, but that he’ll definitely play and he’s interested to see how he fares in a live setting. Read more »