One of the lingering questions from the Stanford game was why tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins wasn’t involved more as he was held to a season-low two catches for 10 yards. He had five or more catches in each of the first three games, including nine in the opener against San Diego State.
One reason was some added responsibility to block in the face of a rugged Stanford pass rush.
But UW coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday also said Monday that Seferian-Jenkins “could play better,” as well.
Here’s what Sarkisian said Monday on that question: “I don’t know if they were doing so much with him in that they were making an extreme attempt to take him away. I think they were aware of where he was on the field. I think we probably could have called some things better for him to get him some more opportunities especially early in the game. I think he’d be the first one to tell you he could play better than he played too. So that’s the beauty of having another go-to guy in Kasen and for Kasen to respond the way he did.”
Seferian-Jenkins said after practice today that there was nothing special going on, nothing that Stanford did to take him out of things — the ball just didn’t come his way. And he also said that’s just fine with him.
“I don’t really worry about catches or receiving yards or anything like that,” he said. “I just worry about winning that’s what we did. We beat Stanford, the No. 8-ranked team. Came in there, played hard and my stats don’t matter, as long as we win that’s all I care about.
“. … I mean I’ve produced throughout the season so far and I produced in blocking (against Stanford). A tight end isn’t just a receiving threat he’s got to block as well. So some games there are going to be games where you catch the ball a lot some games you are going to be asked to block and pass block and I was asked to do that Thursday and we won. So that’s all that matters, receiving yards and stuff like that don’t matter.”
Seferian-Jenkins said he realizes the team at times will need him to have more catches. But he said the number he gets each game is irrelevant to him.
“Of course everyone wants to catch the ball a lot,” he said. “But at the end of the day I just want to win and do whatever is best for the team and if that means catching two balls or whatever then it means catching two balls. If we win every single game from here on out catching two balls I’m happy with that.”
Here’s video of Seferian-Jenkins talking today to the media:
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