This past offseason, an off-field “incident” put Austin Seferian-Jenkins‘ future with the Washington football program somewhat in doubt. Nine months later, the tight end has come full circle.
The Friends of John Mackey announced Wednesday that Seferian-Jenkins has been named as the organization’s tight end of the year. Seferian-Jenkins was one of three finalists for the 2013 award, joined by North Carolina’s Eric Ebron and Florida State’s Nick O’Leary.
Seferian-Jenkins followed up an All-American 2012 season with 33 receptions for 413 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Mackey Award is named in honor of John Mackey, the NFL Hall of Fame tight end who’s considered one of the greatest to ever play the position. Handed out annually since 2000, the Mackey Award “is given to the collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and community values of” its namesake.
In March of this year, Seferian-Jenkins was involved in a one-car accident and was ultimately charged with and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was suspended for the season opener as a result of the drunk-driving charge.