There are many things that Steve Sarkisian may have to worry about this offseason, but one of them won’t be one of his top offensive playmakers getting hurt playing a sport other than football.
Last year following Washington’s 2011 season, star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins joined the UW basketball team in January and went on to play 12 games for the Pac-12 champs. This year, though, Seferian-Jenkins has decided to trade in the hardwood for a little football offseason R&R.
“I just need to focus on school and get (rested). I don’t feel like I’d be to help the basketball team much right now,” the player told the school’s official website. The basketball program had been holding out hope that Seferian-Jenkins would return for another year, although the fact that he’s not is far from a surprise.
Seferian-Jenkins is coming off a season in which he was named second-team All-Pac-12 and was the only underclassman finalist for the Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end. The true sophomore, who’s widely viewed as the top player at his position should he decide to leave early for the 2014 NFL draft, finished 2012 with 69 receptions for 852 yards and a team-leading seven receiving touchdowns.