Herald news services
SEATTLE — It’s time for Austin Seferian-Jenkins to finally rest.
After consulting with his mother, Huskies football coach Steve Sarkisian and basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, Washington’s tight end said he will not play basketball this year.
“I just need to focus on school and get (rested). I don’t feel like I’d be able to help the basketball team much right now,” Seferian-Jenkins said over the phone days after the Huskies lost to Boise State 28-26 at the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
Last season Seferian-Jenkins became the first Husky to play football and basketball since Nate Robinson in 2002 and 2003. Seferian-Jenkins averaged 7.2 minutes in 17 games as a freshman on the basketball team last year.
Romar had said during the fall that he was hopeful to have the tight end back to provide depth at the forward position, but that the decision would be up to Seferian-Jenkins, his family and Sarkisian.
This fall Seferian-Jenkins was the only underclassmen finalist for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end.