Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins Chooses Rest over Hoops

By Evan Barnes
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Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a choice to make this winter. Resume playing for Washington‘s hoops team, which could use an extra boost, or rest this offseason after making the All Pac-12 Second Team as the Huskies’ tight end.

The sophomore chose the latter as he decided not to play for Lorenzo Romar‘s squad this year, choosing instead to rest instead of double-dip for a second consecutive season. At 6-6 and 250 lbs., Seferian-Jenkins played 17 games for the Huskies last year as they won the regular season Pac-12 championship.

In a statement released by the school, Seferian-Jenkins said, “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.”

You can’t blame him for wanting some time off. He set the Huskies single-season record for yards and receptions by a tight end while being the only underclassman nominated for the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s best TE. At this point, considering he has a promising football career ahead of him, it’s probably wise that he values his time instead of try to do everything.

Since we won’t see too many Bo Jacksons anymore, it’s perfectly normal for a two-sport player to choose what sport is best for his future. Considering Seferian-Jenkins also wants to focus on his academics, he made the wise call for his post-athletic future as well.

Washington will miss his physical presence, especially as they’ve struggled leading into Pac-12 play. But it’s the best thing Seferian-Jenkins can do since his next two years will be spent impressing NFL scouts and distancing himself in the Huskies’ record books.

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