UW TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins arrested on DUI charges
Police spokesman Det. Mark Jamieson said Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested in the city’s University District area. The arrest was made 11:30 p.m. Saturday night. Austin Seferian-Jenkins was reportedly among the multiple passengers in the car which was stopped by two unnamed police officers. The 20-year-old Austin Seferian was cited for DUI and released from the precinct office. It’s common for people to be released after being arrested for DUI, according to Det. Mark Jamieson.
No further details of the incident are readily available, although Det. Mark Jamieson indicated they will come to surface once the police report is made public.
The University of Washington released a statement showing their support for Austin Seferian-Jenkins through the process, while holding him liable to disciplining by the institution as well for the DUI arrest.
“We are aware of an incident that occurred Saturday evening involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins. We are taking the matter very seriously,” said University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian on Sunday. “Austin made decisions that fall short of our expectations for student-athletes who represent the University of Washington.”
“He will be disciplined internally in accordance with team and departmental policies,” added Steve Seferian. “We will continue to support Austin throughout this process, while also holding him accountable and responsible for his actions.”
Austin Seferian-Jenkins participated in the start of the Huskies’ spring practice earlier Saturday before the DUI arrest. The team is scheduled to practice again on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-6, 266-pound Austin Seferian-Jenkins was listed among the nations’ top tight ends after catching 69 receptions for 852 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012. Austin Seferian-Jenkins was also one of the top three finalists for the Mackey Award last fall, and is projected as an early first round pick in the 2014 draft. In addition, Austin Seferian-Jenkins set several school records for tight ends, including for reception (110), receiving yards (1,388) and touchdowns (13).
Austin Seferian-Jenkins also dabbled in basketball as a walk-on during the 2012 season, averaging 7.2 minutes in 17 games. But he called quits on basketball last year and told reporters he had no interests in following up a future in that direction.