Washington will be without one of its top offensive weapons when it faces No. 19 Boise State in Saturday's opener at Husky Stadium. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a preseason All-America, has been suspended one game following a guilty plea for a drunken driving charge from July, sources told the Seattle Times.
Seferian-Jenkins was arrested on March 9 for drunken driving and registered a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent, more than twice the state’s legal limit. For persons under the age of 21, the legal limit is .02 in Washington. Seferian-Jenkins was 20 years old at the time.
Seferian-Jenkins had been suspended from team activities before rejoining the program for the start of training camp. He had recently been cleared to play by the Huskies' medical staff after breaking his pinky finger during fall workouts and having surgery to repair the finger.
The junior addressed the situation to reporters on Aug. 6, saying, “When you lose things like football, which is the game I love -- and this is the most important thing in my life -- it really puts everything in perspective.”
A projected first-round pick in next year's NFL draft, Seferian-Jenkins recorded 69 catches for 850 yards — both season school records for a tight end — and seven touchdowns in 2012. In Washington's loss to Boise in last season's Las Vegas Bowl, Seferian-Jenkins made six catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. Coach Steve Sarkisian will likely look to sophomore Josh Perkins and junior Michael Hartvigson to step up in Seferian-Jenkins' absence.