05/12/2014 - All offense for Bucs in draft...Seferian-Jenkins declared for the draft after his junior season with the Huskies in which he caught 36 passes for 450 yards and eight touchdowns. That performance was enough to earn him the John Mackey award as the nation's top tight end. Like Evans, a basketball player who was offered a scholarship at the University of Texas and did not play football until his senior season in high school, Seferian-Jenkins also had a hoops background. In fact, as a freshman, he played in 17 games for the Huskies basketball team. "It helps me so much. Being able to play basketball at a high level, adjusting to the ball in the air, quick feet, quick hands, all that stuff definitely translates to playing tight end in the National Football League," Seferian-Jenkins said. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 2/38 - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, 6-5, 260, Washington...Seferian-Jenkins was only the second tight end off the board and the Bucs had a top-20 grade on him. He had eight touchdowns last season despite playing above his normal weight at 280. Seferian-Jenkins also gives the Bucs a tight end that excels at run blocking as well as receiving. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 52/3. *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington, 6-6, 262, 4.74, 2...AS-J is a massive target and goes after the ball with excellent body control that reflects his time spent as a basketball player for the Huskies. Although not as physically dominant as his size suggests, especially as blocker, he becomes an imposing runner with ball in his hand. Convicted of DUI after single car accident last March, was suspended one game and dedicated time talking to groups about drinking and driving. He finished last season as the Mackey Award winner as top college tight end. Frankly: AS-J is a wild child who has been difficult to handle on and off the field. If he matures and focuses on a more consistent effort, AS-J could be as productive as any tight end in this draft. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Tight Ends: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington, 6-6, 262, 4.75...AS-J is a massive target and goes after the ball with excellent body control that reflects his time spent as a basketball player for the Huskies. Although not as physically dominant as his size suggests, especially as blocker, he becomes an imposing runner with ball in his hand. Convicted of DUI after single car accident last March, was suspended one game and dedicated time talking to groups about drinking and driving. He finished last season as the Mackey Award winner as top college tight end. Frankly: AS-J is a wild child who has been difficult to handle on and off the field. If he matures and focuses on a more consistent effort, AS-J could be as productive as any tight end in this draft. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
04/21/2014 - Five players who should be on the Kansas City Chiefs' draft radar: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington: The Chiefs currently lack a second round selection in the 2014 draft as part of the trade with San Francisco to land Smith but Seferian-Jenkins might be an interesting option should the club trade back to recoup some extra picks. Reliable play at tight end is a critical element to Reid's offense. The team invested a third round selection in Travis Kelce a year ago only to see him get hurt in training camp and ultimately have to undergo microfracture surgery. The Chiefs were expecting big things out of Kelce as a rookie and if they are confident that he's on the way towards a full recovery, they can invest elsewhere. If not, selecting a reliable pass-catcher with size and savvy to exploit marginal safety play from AFC West opponents could be a surprisingly high priority. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/04/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: QB Keith Price is right at Washington workout...Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins attended the workout to meet with scouts and support his former teammates but the reigning Mackey Award winner is still recovering from surgery for the stress fracture discovered during medical testing in Indianapolis. At this time Seferian-Jenkins is not planning to work out prior to the draft May 8-10, though he is expecting to be fully cleared by that time, according to multiple sources close to him. The injury doesn't appear to have hampered his interest from NFL teams. Seferian-Jenkins has "at least eight" visits scheduled. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/28/2014 - Seferian-Jenkins opts for surgery now...Former University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins underwent surgery in North Carolina Friday to stabilize a stress fracture in his left foot. Seferian-Jenkins, currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 TE and No. 45 overall prospect, looked to be in great shape when he took the podium and spoke to the assembled media at the scouting combine last week. He announced his expectation to run "a 4.6-something" after measuring in at 6-foot-5, 262 pounds -- a loss of nearly 20 pounds. Shortly before the tight ends were to compete in their first athletic drills in Indianapolis, however, the reigning Mackey Award winner was informed that doctors had discovered a pre-existing injury and that he was not medically cleared to participate.
In an interview given to the NFL Network after the tight end workouts ended last Saturday, Seferian-Jenkins sounded understandably disappointed. "Everything is good," he said. "I'm fine." He acknowledged to the Seattle Times on Monday, however, that he was "glad they found it," and that now he'd "finally found out why my foot was hurting all year." After a consultation with agents, Todd France and Brian Ayrault of Five Star Athlete Management and family, Seferian-Jenkins opted for surgery to repair the issue. The expected recovery is approximately eight weeks, which makes it unlikely he'll be able to participate in Washington's Pro Day, April 2. Those close to Seferian-Jenkins weren't willing to count out the possibility of a later workout should he prove a quick healer. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 45. *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington, 6-6, 276, 4.75, 2...Mackey Award winner as top college tight end, AS-J is a massive target and goes after the ball with excellent body control. Although not as physically dominant as his size suggests, especially as blocker, he becomes an imposing runner with ball in his hand. Convicted of DUI after single car accident last March, was suspended one game and dedicated time talking to groups about drinking and driving. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/19/2014 - 2014 NFL Combine: 10 prospects with the most to gain/lose: 7. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington...An impressive athletic specimen for his frame and build, Seferian-Jenkins has the size of a tight end, but the speed and body control of a wide receiver. Despite winning the 2013 Mackey Award as college football's top tight end, it was a mediocre season for the former Huskie as he battled focus issues and wasn't a large part of Washington's offense. Seferian-Jenkins leaves you wanting more on tape, but if he tests as well as expected, teams will be more willing to take a chance on him earlier than his on-field play might suggest. Also, his 2013 DUI arrest will most certainly come up during his team interviews. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/30/2013 - UW TE Seferian-Jenkins leaving for NFL; Sankey undecided...Seferian-Jenkins entered the 2013 season already holding the Washington career record for tight ends with 110 catches, 1,390 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. He was suspended after being charged with a DUI on March 9, but returned for the second game of the season and went on to catch 36 passes for 450 yards and eight touchdowns, including a 16-yarder from Price on Friday night.
"I've done everything I can at the University of Washington. ... I know I'm ready for the NFL," he said, per the Times. "I need to take care of my mom and making sure she's financially OK. She's done so much for me, it's the least thing I can do." In analyzing Seferian-Jenkins, NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Rob Rang compares Seferian-Jenkins to the Jacksonville Jaguars' Mercedes-Lewis: "Like the former UCLA Bruins' star, Seferian-Jenkins unique size and hands made him almost impossible to cover in college, especially in the red zone. Less than elite speed and fluidity, however, makes Seferian-Jenkins more of a traditional security blanket over the middle rather than the Jimmy Graham-like seam threat so en vogue in today's NFL. - The Sports Xchange
12/30/2013 - UW TE Seferian-Jenkins leaving for NFL; Sankey undecided...University of Washington junior tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins said he will forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. "I'm going to be enter the 2014 draft," Seferian-Jenkins said after the Huskies' 31-16 victory over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday night. "(It's) very exciting. The idea that I can provide for my mother and play at the highest level I the world for football and compete against the best guys in the world - it's a very exciting idea. I'm very exciting for the next chapter in my life."
The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Seferian-Jenkins is the No. 3-ranked tight end and No. 40 overall prospect for the 2014 draft, according to current ratings by NFLDraftScout.com. He was expected to declare for the draft with the Washington program transitioning from former coach Steve Sarkisian to Chris Petersen and with senior quarterback Keith Price also leaving. Seferian-Jenkins won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end this season and was given a second-round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee, according to the Seattle Times. - The Sports Xchange
12/11/2013 - 2013 JOHN MACKEY AWARD WINNER: Washington junior Austin Seferian-Jenkins was named Wednesday the 2013 winner of the John Mackey Award that goes annually to the outstanding tight end in college football. The other finalists were Nick O'Leary of Florida State and Eric Ebron of North Carolina. The 6-foot-6, 276-pound Seferian-Jenkins caught 33 passes for 413 yards and seven touchdowns this season for Washington (8-4), which has one game remaining in the Fight Hunger Bowl. In three seasons for the Huskies, Seferian-Jenkins has 143 receptions, 1,801 yards and 20 touchdowns. He is Washington's career leader among tight ends in all three categories.
Despite a number of preseason accolades, Seferian-Jenkins made only second-team All-Pac-12 Conference this season. He missed the season opener because of a suspension that resulted from a DUI arrest during the summer. Ebron led North Carolina in receiving with 55 catches for 895 yards. O'Leary had 33 receptions for 557 yards while playing for the top-ranked Seminoles. The leading pass-catching tight end in FBS this season is Texas Tech's Jace Amaro, who had 98 catches for 1,240 yards and seven touchdowns. Amaro was one of eight semifinalists. - The Sports Xchange
12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jr., Washington...Seferian-Jenkins, a junior from Gig Harbor, Wash., is one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award. He has 33 receptions for 413 yards and leads the UW with seven receiving touchdowns. He holds the UW school records for season and career receptions, season and career yards and career touchdowns by a tight end. - Washington football
10/17/2013 - Austin Seferian-Jenkins wants everyone to stop worrying about his numbers halfway through his junior season at Washington. A season ago, he was arguably the most dynamic, most important tight end in the country. He finished the year tied for the most catches and with the most yards per game of any tight end in the country. He was a finalist for every major award handed out at his position and a third-team All-America selection. Now? Seferian-Jenkins barely cracks the top 25 nationally of tight ends with 16 receptions and ranks fourth on his team. But the 20th-ranked Huskies are 4-2 and have an offense that ranks eighth nationally led by the nation's leading rusher in Bishop Sankey heading into Saturday's game at Arizona State.
The Huskies have gone up-tempo in an attempt to create more options for an offense that a year ago basically had only Seferian-Jenkins and wide receiver Kasen Williams as options. Getting others involved and getting more victories is what Seferian-Jenkins says is most important. "I really don't care about my numbers. I'm getting better at blocking. I'm making almost every play that comes my way except for one this season. I'm not really worried about that," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I think that people that don't really understand the game of football and are just fans that think people just show up on Saturday and go, I don't think they understand the work that we put in here and what our schemes are and what we're trying to do. It's not about me. I think people are too caught up with what I'm doing. It's just numbers. I'm trying to win." Last season, Seferian-Jenkins tied for the lead nationally with 69 receptions despite playing one less game than Stanford's Zach Ertz, who also had 69 catches. - AP Sports
09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins returns. He holds almost every TE record at Washington and is just starting his junior season. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 28. Austin Seferian-Jenkins*, TE, Washington (6-6, 267): A two-sport star for the Huskies (football, basketball), ASJ provides a unique combination of size, overall athleticism and ball skills, making him a true mismatch for opponents. His 2013 debut won't occur until a showdown with Illinois at Soldier Field on Sept. 14 after he was suspended for the Huskies' season-opening win over Boise State for an offseason DUI. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 30. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (6-6, 267, 4.75)* -- A two-sport star for the Huskies (football, basketball), ASJ provides a unique combination of size, overall athleticism and ball-skills, making him a true mismatch for opponents. However, he was suspended for the season opener due to an offseason DUI arrest. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/30/2013 - Washington TE Seferian-Jenkins suspended for opener...Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will reportedly not be available for the Huskies home opener against Boise State. The Seattle Times is reporting that Seferian-Jenkins will serve a one-game suspension after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving arrest in July. That suspension will apply to Washington's opener on Saturday night, when the Broncos, ranked No. 19 in the preseason AP Poll, enter the recently renovated Husky Stadium. The junior tight end suffered a broken pinkie earlier this month, but The Seattle Times also reported that Seferian-Jenkins was cleared to play against the Broncos.
When the injury occurred, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian told reporters that Seferian-Jenkins would be out "quite a while." The Huskies coach initially said that Seferian-Jenkins' punishment would be handled internally, so perhaps his absence on Saturday was always part of the plan -- healthy or not. Seferian-Jenkins was named to the CBSSports.com Preseason All-America Team, among other preseason honors, and is expected to play a big role in Washington's potential step forward in 2013. After three-straight seven win seasons, Washington fans are ready to see the Huskies hang with the title contenders in the Pac-12. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/30/2013 - Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a possible first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has been suspended for Saturday's opener against No. 19 Boise State as a result of a drunk-driving charge during the offseason, the Seattle Times reported. Head coach Steve Sarkisian originally had suspended Seferian-Jenkins for two games in response to the arrest, which occurred last March. But he reduced the suspension to one game after Seferian-Jenkins fulfilled the coach's disciplinary requirements. Seferian-Jenkins had broken his right pinkie finger during preseason practice, and that had limited his practice time. However, that injury apparently has nothing to do with the suspension. He had been medically cleared to play in the opener against the Broncos. Seferian-Jenkins is the school's career leader for receptions among tight ends. He had 69 catches for 850 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012. - The Sports Xchange
08/28/2013 - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins holds about every Washington record at the position and is on several preseason All-America teams. But he received a DUI in March and had to spend a night in jail as part of his sentence. Washington is not saying whether or not he will play in the opener against Boise State, allowing the story to languish. - The Sports Xchange
08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (6-6, 266, Jr.)...Bigger and more productive a season ago than Mackey Award winner and Cincinnati Bengals' first round pick, Tyler Eifert, Seferian-Jenkins looks like an offensive tackle but boasts the body control of a wide receiver. He'll almost certainly produce the type of numbers to warrant All-American status but must improve as a blocker and will have to convince scouts of his maturity after an off-season arrest for DUI. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/26/2013 - Washington coach Steve Sarkisian says star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has not been cleared medically to play in Saturday's season opener against No. 19 Boise State while recovering from a broken right pinkie.
Sarkisian also did not address during his news conference on Monday whether Seferian-Jenkins would play should he be medically cleared. The Huskies coach has stayed mum on whether Seferian-Jenkins faces any team discipline after pleading guilty in the offseason on a DUI charge.
Seferian-Jenkins suffered the injury during practice on Aug. 12 and had surgery later in the week to insert a pin and stabilize the finger. Last season, Seferian-Jenkins caught 69 passes for 850 yards - both single-season records for Washington tight ends - and seven touchdowns. He was a third-team all-American by the AP. - AP Sports
08/14/2013 - Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has a small fracture in his right pinkie and will need surgery, putting his status for the season opener in doubt. Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian told reporters after practice Tuesday about Seferian-Jenkins' injury, which was suffered in practice a day earlier. Seferian-Jenkins sat out a scrimmage on Tuesday. "He'll be out for some amount of time. He came out with a good attitude, doing all the conditioning work, all the fundamental stuff from a footwork standpoint but he won't be catching balls for a while," Sarkisian said. Sarkisian said he hoped to know more later in the week.
Last season, Seferian-Jenkins caught 69 passes for 850 yards - both single-season records for Washington tight ends - and seven touchdowns. He was one of three finalists for the Mackey Award given to the top tight end in the country and was named a third-team all-American by the AP. - AP Sports
08/14/2013 - The first major, impacting injury of preseason camp has hit the Huskies - with perhaps their best, most-accomplished player: record-setting tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has a fractured little finger on his right hand, putting in doubt his status for the opener Aug. 31 against Boise State. "Austin's going to be out for quite a while," coach Steve Sarkisian said following Tuesday's first full team scrimmage of the preseason. "He actually has a small fracture in his pinkie there that's actually going to require surgery. So he's going to be out for a little ... some amount of time." The junior was the only underclassman finalist last season for the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end.
Seferian-Jenkins, who this month was named a preseason All-American by The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated, appeared to injure the finger late Monday night while trying to catch a pass near the sideline from Keith Price in the second practice of the day. He was examined by trainers and a team doctor then went up the tunnel leading from the Husky Stadium field with them. He returned to the sideline a few minutes later.
Tuesday, he was in full uniform and his purple, 88 practice jersey. He did some light warm-up drills - none of them involving catching passes - while wearing what appeared to be a baseball-like batting glove over his right hand. He then watched entirely from the offense's sideline as the Huskies completed their first full scrimmage of the preseason. "He won't be catching balls here for a little while," Sarkisian said. - Washington football
08/14/2013 - University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian may not get to decide whether his star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is able to play in the team's August 31 season-opener against Boise State. The head coach had been contemplating whether he should allow Seferian-Jenkins to play in the Huskies' first game of the season, after the star player was arrested in March and pleaded guilty in July to DUI. Instead, the preseason All-American's availability is in limbo because he suffered a broken pinkie in his right hand during practice Monday evening. Seferian-Jenkins attended practice in uniform yesterday but did not participate. "Austin's going to be out for quite a while," Sarkisian told reporters following Tuesday's practice. "He came out with a good attitude and he's doing all the conditioning work and all the fundamental stuff from a footwork standpoint. But, he won't be catching balls here for a little while."
Catching passes is what the 6-6, 266-pound Seferian-Jenkins does best. He caught 69 passes for 852 yards and led the Huskies with seven touchdown receptions last season, joining Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert and Stanford's Zach Ertz as finalists for the prestigious John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end. Sarkisian did not elaborate on his star tight end's expected date of return. He's expected to provide an update later this week.
Missing significant time could put a dent in Seferian-Jenkins' draft stock. He already needs to answer questions about his choices off the field and needs to develop strength and aggression as an in-line blocker. Unique ball-skills and agility for a man of his size, however, makes him a tough matchup for defenders, which is why he currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 tight end potentially available for the 2014 NFL draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2013 - University of Washington junior tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins broke his right pinkie in practice Monday, and he'll undergo surgery, coach Steve Sarkisian announced Tuesday. "He's going to be out for quite awhile," Sarkisian said. "He came out with a good attitude. He's doing all the conditioning work and the fundamental stuff from a footwork standpoint, but he won't be catching balls here for a little while." It's unknown if Seferian-Jenkins will be ready in time for the Huskies' season opener, an Aug. 31 home game against Boise State. Washington then has a week off before playing at Illinois on Sept. 14.
Last season, Seferian-Jenkins made 69 receptions for 852 yards and seven touchdowns, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors. His two-year totals of 110 catches for 1,288 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns are all Huskies records for a tight end. In July, Seferian-Jenkins pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence in connection with a March car crash. He was sentenced to have all but one day of his jail term suspended. - The Sports Xchange
08/13/2013 - TOP WASHINGTON PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6-foot-6, 266, 4.75)*...While Seferian-Jenkins' potential is immense, to be successful in the NFL, scouts will want to see more physical and emotional maturity from the two-sport athlete. While a matchup nightmare due to his size, fluidity and hand-eye coordination as a receiver, Seferian-Jenkins does not possess the strength nor the aggression as a blocker one might imagine given his imposing frame. Furthermore, the 20-year-old tight end pleaded guilty to a DUI this summer, which ultimately resulted in his serving a night in jail. Sarkisian placed Seferian-Jenkins on indefinite suspension from the team while the court case strung out but said at the Pac-12 Media Day that his star tight end would be back with the team when they opened camp, August 5. Sarkisian has not announced whether he will impose any new discipline on Seferian-Jenkins, who, previous to the March 9 arrest (and since) never had run afoul of the law.
Seferian-Jenkins ranks among the elite tight end prospects in the country and could warrant consideration as high as the first round. To achieve this goal (whether following this year or next), he'll need to prove to scouts that he possesses the commitment to take advantage of the unique tools with which he's been blessed. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins - A junior in 2013, Seferian-Jenkins figures to be named to just about every preseason All-America team after catching 69 passes for 850 yards in 2012. He will also likely be viewed as a high-round pick in 2014 should he decide to leave early. - The Sports Xchange
08/13/2013 - TOP WASHINGTON PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6-foot-6, 266, 4.75)*...Possessing the frame that led many to project him as a developmental offensive tackle out of high school, Seferian-Jenkins' unusual athleticism and ball-skills has made him a standout since he first stepped onto the field as a Washington Husky. A highly celebrated high school prospect, Seferian-Jenkins saw action in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2011 (starting 10) and earned honorable mention all-conference recognition with 41 receptions for 538 yards and six scores. Following this breakout campaign, Seferian-Jenkins played as a reserve on the Huskies' basketball team, averaging 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 points in 17 games.
As a true sophomore, Seferian-Jenkins led the country's tight ends with an average of 5.25 receptions per game, emerging as one of three finalists for the Mackey Award (along with eventual winner Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame and Stanford's Zach Ertz). He finished the 2012 season with 69 receptions for 850 yards and seven touchdowns, each of which set single-season records. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/26/2013 - Washington coach Steve Sarkisian says tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and wide receiver Kasen Williams, both of whom had run-ins with the law during the offseason, will be allowed to participate when preseason practice starts next month. Seferian-Jenkins pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of driving under the influence and is schedule to serve a day in jail on July 31. Washington begins practicing Aug. 5.
A third-team All-American, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested in March after crashing his car. Williams was fined and received a misdemeanor citation after he was pulled over for speeding and investigation of driving under the influence in May. He led the team with 77 catches for 878 yards and six touchdowns. Sarkisian says any discipline handed out will be kept internal. - AP Sports
07/17/2013 - 2013 MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington...Seferian-Jenkins, a junior from Fox Island, Wash., was one of three finalists for the award last season and is the only one of the three returing to the college ranks this season. Through just two seasons, Seferian-Jenkins has already set school records for career receptions (110), career receiving yards (1,388) and career touchdowns (13) by a tight end at a school known for its rich history at the position. Last year, he also set school records for catches (69) and yards (850) in a season. - Washington football
07/16/2013 - 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 2nd 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. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
07/15/2013 - Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of driving under the influence stemming from his arrest after crashing his car in March. Seferian-Jenkins made the guilty plea in Seattle Municipal Court during what was supposed to be a pre-trial hearing on his case. Seferian-Jenkins was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 363 suspended. Court records indicate Serferian-Jenkins is scheduled to serve his one day in jail on July 31. Washington begins fall camp on Aug. 5.
Whether Seferian-Jenkins will be on the practice field for the start of camp remains a question. He was suspended from team activities following his March arrest and coach Steve Sarkisian has not given indications of when Seferian-Jenkins will rejoin team activities or any punishment he might face.
A Washington athletic department spokesman said Monday no statement was expected from the school or Sarkisian about Seferian-Jenkins' guilty plea. Washington opens the season on Aug. 31, hosting Boise State. ''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.''
Last season, Seferian-Jenkins caught 69 passes for 850 yards - both single-season records for Washington tight ends - and seven touchdowns. He was one of three finalists for the Mackey Award given to the top tight end in the country and was named a third-team all-American by the AP. - AP Sports