Family business: Mount Si’s Cale Millen has famous name for quarterback, skills to match

The son of former Washington and NFL quarterback Hugh Millen is showing his own skills for the Wildcats. He passed for over 400 yards and seven touchdowns in a game as a sophomore.

It took a trip to Los Angeles for Cale Millen to find himself.

There, on a refrigerator door, was a picture of the University of Washington’s key 1983 offensive players, shirtless in short shorts on a Hawaiian beach. Millen stepped closer to see it was his father Hugh and the owner of the home, Mark Pattison, when the Huskies played in the Aloha Bowl.

Of course Cale knew his father was a UW and NFL quarterback. Strangers still ask Hugh for autographs or to coach their kid. And there’s always that, “like your dad” line when someone connects Cale’s last name as the starting quarterback for Mount Si.

With memorabilia from the Orange Bowl — where Pattison made a heroic catch — and 10 years as a pro stashed in boxes, Cale didn’t know how much he resembled the young Hugh, or what’s possible for him as a football player until spotting the photo and asking to see game footage.

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“For whatever reason, I hadn’t seen it before, but I could see he was a late developer and I’m a late developer,” said Cale, a junior who added 30 pounds to his 6-foot-3 frame during the offseason. A recent physical showed Cale will likely grow two more inches, like his father did before walking on at UW.

“When I was watching him in the pros, in a way, I could kind of look at my future self,” Cale continued. “Hopefully I can get more size, but he could throw the ball like a baseball. It’s going to be sweet if I can do that. But I did have to bust him for (some) techniques that he teaches me now that he didn’t use.”

Not that Cale is a slouch. As a sophomore last year, he started five games and set a school record for passing yards (402) and number of touchdowns thrown (seven) in a single-game. Mount Si is off to a 2-1 start this season, losing to Bothell after a week where the team couldn’t practice outside due to smoke from wildfires.

In a 28-25 win against Eastlake on Friday, Cale completed three passes for 80 yards in the game-winning drive with under a minute left. The Wildcats kicked a 26-yard field goal with one second on the clock to clinch the win.

Cale has 695 passing yards this season with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.

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