The major off-season drama for the Washington Huskies football program has been resolved — QB Cyler Miles has been reinstated while WR Damore’ea Stringfellow will transfer, coach Chris Petersen anncounced Tuesday, with no elaboration.
The two were involved in Feb. 2 incidents at University District Super Bowl celebrations that resulted in their arrests. Both players, likely starters, were suspended indefinitely three days afterward. Neither played spring football.
Prosecutors later decided not to file charges against Miles, citing a lack of evidence. But Stringfellow, a sophomore, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of third-degree malicious mischief, all misdemeanors.
At his April 16 arraignment, Stringfellow, as part of a plea bargain to avoid jail time, pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to five days on a work crew and ordered to pay almost $700 in fines and get more counseling for anger management.
At the arraignment, Stringfellow’s attorney said, “What happened here, he was with his more elderly quarterback, 22-year-old gentleman who was a staunch Broncos fan, and he was backing up his quarterback. It was a poor choice.”
Miles, 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds from Denver, was wearing a Broncos hat as he attended a street celebration. Stringfellow had the hat in his hand when it was grabbed from him and tossed in the direction of couches that had been set ablaze. Stringfellow, 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, from Perris, CA., fought with the man. The scuffle was caught on a camera by a UW student photographing events, according to court documents.
Stringfellow tried to take the camera, hitting her in the head in the process, which may have caused her to faint, court documents say. Stringfellow threw the lens of the camera, which had come loose, toward the fire. Stringfellow and Miles left while the student was carried into a nearby fraternity house, prosecutors contend.
About an hour later, a man was walking his girlfriend home nearby and said Stringfellow and Miles approached them from a parked car and asked if he was a Seahawks fan. When the man said he was and that it “was a tough night to be a Broncos fan,” Stringfellow pushed him down and struck him, then gave chase when the man ran, hitting him again. Witnesses said the players ran back to a car driven by a woman and took off.
Miles, a sophomore, played in eight games, starting one, and figured to succeed Keith Price as starting QB. However, two younger QBs, Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams, took all the snaps in spring for the new coaching staff. Petersen did not explain why Miles, once cleared of charges, was not allowed to resume practice.
In other football personnel news, RB Ryan McDaniel retired because of chronic knee problems. McDaniel, from Torrance, CA.. arrived in the spring of 2012 and redshirted that year because of a high school knee injury. He played in one game in 2013, rushing 10 times for 47 yards in Washington’s win over Idaho State.