Washington TE Seferian-Jenkins pleads guilty to DUI

By Chip Patterson | College Writer

Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will spend one day in jail after pleading guilty to a DUI charge. (USATSI)
Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins will spend one day in jail after pleading guilty to a DUI charge. (USATSI)

Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins jeopardized his playing status for 2013 when he was arrested following a car crash in March. On Monday, the Huskies' star tight end pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence.

Seferian-Jenkins was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 363 suspended. According to court records obtained by the Associated Press, Seferian-Jenkins is scheduled to serve his one day in jail on July 31 -- less than a week before Washington opens fall camp on Aug. 5.

"I want everyone to know how sorry I am for the disappointment and embarrassment I have caused. I especially want to apologize to my teammates, my coaches and particularly my family," Seferian-Jenkins said in a statement released by his attorney. "I also want to apologize to the entire University of Washington family for not living up to my expectations. I hope that everyone can learn from my mistake so that they do not commit the same lapse in judgment that I committed this part March."

Seferian-Jenkins was named a CBS Sports second-team All-American in 2012 after catching 69 passes for 850 yards and seven touchdowns. In addition to setting single-season school records for a tight end in receptions and receiving yards, the Huskies star was one of three finalists for the Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end. He was also included on the Mackey Award watch list, released last week.

A Washington spokesperson said there is no statement expected from the school or head coach Steve Sarkisian regarding Seferian-Jenkins' guilty plea. Monday's court proceedings were actually supposed to be a pre-trial hearing. While his early plea accelerates the legal process, Seferian-Jenkins remains suspended indefinitely from team activities.

Sarkisian will next address the media at Pac-12 Media Day on July 26 in Culver City, Calif. -- less than a week before Seferian-Jenkins serves his one day in jail. The Huskies kick off the season against Boise State on Aug. 31 and face Illinois at Soldier Field on Sept. 14.

 
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