BY SPNW Staff 11:00AM 12/28/2013

Huskies’ Seferian-Jenkins declares for draft

After the Huskies’ 31-16 triumph over Brigham Young Friday night at the Fight Hunger Bowl, University of Washington junior tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins told reporters he will forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2014 NFL draft.

“I’m going to be entering the 2014 draft,” he said in San Francisco. “(It’s) very exciting. The idea that I can provide for my mother and play at the highest level in the world for football and compete against the best guys in the world  — it’s a very exciting idea.”

A 6-foot-7, 270-pound junior, Seferian-Jenkins caught three passing for 37 yards and a touchdown against BYU. Earlier in the season he won the John Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate tight end.

He is the No. 3  is the No. 3-ranked tight end and No. 40 overall prospect for the 2014 draft, according to NFLDraftScout.com. He decision was no surprise, given his success as well as the Huskies’ transition to a new coach, Chris Petersen, after Steve Sarkisian left for USC. Senior quarterback Keith Price is also leaving.

Huskies junior running back Bishop Sankey said Friday night that he is still undecided about whether he will return for his senior season.

Seferian-Jenkins entered season holding the Washington career record for tight ends with 110 catches, 1,390 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.


YourThoughts

  • jafabian

    I understand the decision despite his reasonings. He’s projected to go in the 2nd round. Peterson could install an offense that doesn’t showcase ASJ, especially with Keith Price graduated. There’s a real possibility staying could hurt his draft stock in the next draft so now would probably be the best time as far as NFL potential. Hope it all works out for him.

  • Bayview Herb

    I’m hoping that Sankey will stay. He could be a candidate for the Heisman if he has another great year and would probably be a first rounder.