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August 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Counting down the Top 10 Huskies — No. 3: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

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Okay, I know it’s getting pretty obvious now about the remaining members of this list. And no surprise that coming in at No. 3 is sophomore tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is coming off one of the best freshman seasons for a receiver — let alone a tight end — in school history.

How good was it? Let’s review.

Here is a list of the top 10 tight end receiving seasons in UW history:

1, Jerramy Stevens (2000), 48 receptions.
2, (tie) Kevin Ware (2002) and David Bayle (1980), 42.
3, Austin Seferian-Jenkins (2011) 41.
4, Bill Ames (1989), 39.
5, Dave Williams (1965), 38.
6, Rod Jones (1985) 36.
8, (tie) Mark Bruener (1994) and Rod Jones (1986), 34.
10, (tie) Mark Bruener (1993), Aaron Pierce (1991) and John Brady (1972), 30.

And here’s the ranking in terms of yards:

1, Williams, 1966, 795
2, Stevens, 2000, 641
3, Seferian-Jenkins, 2011, 588
4, Ware, 2002, 475
5, Brady, 1972, 450.
6, (tie) Bruener, 1993 and Conwell, 1995, 414.
8, Pierce, 1991, 366.
9, Brady, 1971, 361.
10, Bayle, 2980, 460.

He also finished with six touchdowns, which — to plagiarize a sentence I wrote late last season — already ranks him tied for fourth on the career TD receiving list for a tight end behind Brady and Conwell with 10 each and Stevens with nine, tied with Conwell, Pierce and Cameron Cleland. (And as an aside, every time I do such lists I get e-mails from some older fans who question the inclusion of Williams at tight end. This is how the school lists the records, so I’m merely using their records and updating them.)

Seferian-Jenkins (pictured in a Getty Images photo) will be given the opportunity to increase all of those numbers this season as he returns as one of the top proven receiving targets after the loss of Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar, especially his production in the red zone.

Seferian-Jenkins spent the winter as a walk-on with the basketball team, and arrived at spring football basically straight from the court. He was a little inconsistent in the spring, and while he said he didn’t think playing basketball impacted that, it’s natural to at least wonder. He also has acknowledged he needs to continue to work on his blocking, something that with the possibility of UW having two new tackles looms as a more critical part of the tight end position this season.

It’s a tight end spot that projects as one of the real strengths of the team. In fact, here’s a quick look at the depth chart there:

TIGHT END
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 6-6, 258, So.
Michael Hartvigson, 6-6, 254, RSo.
Evan Hudson, 6-6, 260, RSo.

Expect to see all three on the field quite a bit this season as the Huskies will likely use a lot of multiple tight-end looks. And expect to simply see a lot of Seferian-Jenkins in any formation.

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No. 4 — DT Danny Shelton
No. 5 — DE Josh Shirley
No. 6 — WR Kasen Williams
No. 7 — SS Sean Parker
No. 8 — C Drew Schaefer
No. 9 — DE Hau’oli Jamora
No. 10 — FS Justin Glenn

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