SEATTLE — Washington wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow will be charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault in the fourth degree and one count of malicious mischief in a case related to his alleged assault of Seahawks fans in two post-Super Bowl incidents on Feb. 2.
Washington quarterback Cyler Miles, also linked to the alleged assaults, will not be charged, a source with knowledge of the case told The Seattle Times on Monday. The King County Prosecutor’s Office found no indication of criminal behavior on Miles’ part.
The malicious mischief charge against Stringfellow is also expected to be a misdemeanor, with the charges likely to be filed by Thursday.
The prosecutor’s office released a statement on Monday evening saying that an announcement would be made “shortly.”
Both players remained suspended from the team as of late Monday afternoon, with the Huskies set to resume spring practices this morning. Miles, a sophomore, is the only quarterback on the UW roster who has thrown a pass in a college game. The Huskies had just two quarterbacks, sophomore Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman Troy Williams, available for the first two weeks of spring practice.
The source identified Stringfellow as the suspect who allegedly grabbed a woman and broke her camera lens during a scuffle near a campus-area bonfire shortly after the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory. In that incident, the female victim told police a man “had attempted to rip a video camera from her hands and then knocked her out.” If the damaged camera lens is valued at more than $700, Stringfellow would face a felony charge; if it’s less than $700, as expected, it would be a misdemeanor charge of malicious mischief.
Stringfellow was also identified as the main suspect in an alleged assault during a second incident less than an hour later. The male victim in that incident told police that two men jumped out of a white sedan and asked the victim if he was a Seahawks fan. According to the police report, the victim said “something like, ‘Yeah of course, are you Broncos fans?’ ”
The suspects then “came at” the man and “started punching (him) in the face,” according to a police report. The man and a friend identified Stringfellow and Miles by looking at the UW football roster online.
Miles, from Centennial, Colo., is the favorite to take over as the Huskies’ starting quarterback in 2014. He started one game for injured senior Keith Price in 2013 and led UW to a 69-27 victory at Oregon State.
As a true freshman, Stringfellow, from Perris, Calif., played in 12 games for UW in 2013, starting the final three. He had 20 catches for 259 yards and one touchdown reception, from Miles, against UCLA.
Four-star QB commits to UW
The Huskies received a recruiting commitment Monday from four-star quarterback Jake Browning, who as a junior for Folsom (Calif.) High School last season broke California season state records with 75 touchdown passes and 5,768 yards.
Browning, who visited UW last month, also has scholarship offers from Alabama, Washington State, California, Colorado and Oklahoma State, among others.
Browning, who stands 6 feet 2 and weighs 205 pounds, is ranked as the nation’s No. 7 quarterback prospect by Scout and 247sports.com.
“For me, (UW) is the best fit,” Browning said in a phone interview. “Why wait any longer if I feel it’s the best fit?”
In two seasons as the starting quarterback, Browning has led Folsom to a 26-2 record and two sectional championships.
For his career, he has completed 831 of 1,184 passes (70 percent) for 10,985 yards with 138 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.
Browning visited the UW campus last month and attended a Husky men’s basketball game with coach Chris Petersen. He called offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith on Monday morning to make his verbal commitment.
“I really like them, I really like the town and I really like the university,” said Browning, the son of former Oregon State quarterback Ed Browning.
Browning is the third known commitment for UW’s Class of 2015, joining Myles Gaskin, a running back from O’Dea High, and offensive lineman Trey Adams of Wenatchee.
Verbal commitments are nonbinding.