UW tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was a popular subject for the media after Wednesday’s practice.
The sophomore tight end is on his way to the best receiving season by a player at his position in UW history, with 29 catches after six games — a total that also leads all tight ends in the country.
Seferian-Jenkins, though, said he’s not really paying attention to his stats.
“All I know is that we lost against USC and we are playing Arizona this week,” he said. “I really don’t care about my numbers or anything like that, or my records. No disrespect to any of the people that have the records of anything like that. I just worry about playing and if records come, records come, If numbers come, numbers come.”
What Seferian-Jenkins also said he is not thinking about is whether to play basketball again this year. He played last season and remains on UW’s roster. But he said he has yet to decide if he will do so again this year.
“I don’t plan on thinking about that at all until way until the season is done,” he said. “We’ll see.”
UW coach Steve Sarkisian also said Wednesday no decision has been made on that front and it is something he and ASJ will discuss after the season.
For now, Seferian-Jenkins said he’s working strictly on improving in football.
“I can get better in every phase of the game,” he said. “I think my run blocking, my receiving, everything needs to improve. I’m nowhere near where I can be or where I want to be.”
While the numbers indicate Seferian-Jenkins is finding opportunities to get open, he said it’s more of a challenge this year as he’s found opponents paying him a little more attention.
“From last year, yeah, things are a lot different,” he said. “People are carrying me a lot more. Sometimes I’ve been double-teamed on the line with a linebacker on the outside of me, and then a linebacker on the top of me when I’m down in three-point. It’s been different. But I love the challenge and I love the idea of people having to double me or have to use something else extra because it makes Kasen (Williams) wide open, Jaydon (Mickens) wide open, Marvin (Hall) wide open. Makes everything a lot easier for everyone else and that’s what it’s all about. So if they don’t want to double me, that’s fine too.”
Seferian-Jenkins got open for five receptions last week against USC, including a 29-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
He said on that play, one of USC’s safeties in the Tampa Two defense “dropped to the opposite side of the field, so that’s why that one route I caught a touchdown he didn’t even see me, so maybe they maybe a mistake or something, I don’t know. That’s fine with me.”
UW’s pass offense has struggled, ranking last in the Pac-12 in total yards at 186.5 per game. But this week could offer some opportunity to turn that around as Arizona ranks 11th in the conference in pass defenses, allowing 297.8 per game.
“Their defense is good as well but I think we can take advantage of some things,” Seferian-Jenkins said.
You can watch some of the interview below:
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