Washington QB Cyler Miles takes leave of absence, to miss spring

Cyler Miles started 12 games for Washington in 2014. (USATSI)
Cyler Miles started 12 games for Washington in 2014. (USATSI)

An already bumpy off-field career for Washington quarterback Cyler Miles got a little bit bumpier Friday.

The Huskies announced that Miles will take a voluntary leave of absence from the team for "personal reasons" and would miss the program's 2015 spring practice. He will remain enrolled in school and a statement from the Huskies specifies that Miles' absence is "not a disciplinary matter."

"Cyler is dealing with some things in his life that are more important than football, and he felt it was important to take some time away from the game," coach Chris Petersen said in the announcement. "We are working to support him in any way we can and hope he returns to the football field soon."

A redshirt junior, Miles assumed starting quarterback duties in 2014 following the departure of Keith Price, starting 12 of the Huskies' 14 games. He posted a 17-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio while throwing for 2,397 yards.

But for much of the offseason, Miles didn't seem to be a lock to remain on the team at all, having been involved in an alleged assault last January that led to his suspension from the program in February 2014. No charges were filed, however, leading to his reinstatement in May. He was suspended for the Huskies' season opener at Hawaii.

It's certainly possible, maybe even likely, that for the second straight season, Miles will return from exile -- this time a self-imposed one -- to assume the Huskies' quarterbacking helm. But after the latest news, it's impossible to expect Washington's quarterback situation to be at all settled going into the 2015 season.

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