The Huskies are off the field following their Monday practice. Today also marked our first chance to talk to players since directly after the Apple Cup, which meant our first chance to talk to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins since it became known that he was hit by a fan on the field after the game (details of that here).
Seferian-Jenkins, though, didn’t have much to say about it, saying initially he didn’t want to talk about it.
“I’m going to leave it right there,” he said when asked at first about his thoughts about what happened. “It’s in the past. I don’t really care anymore about it. It would have been fixed if we would have won the game. I don’t really care about it anymore.”
Later, asked if he had asked UW to pursue the incident further, he said no.
“I told them not to pursue anything,” he said. “They asked me and I said ‘no, it’s not worth it, it’s a waste of time.’ Whoever that guy was, it’s not a big deal, I hope he was probably intoxicated or something like that. I’m not really worried about it. I’m over it. I think everybody else should be over it. It’s not that big of a deal. … People are saying you shouldn’t rush the field anymore. I still think people should rush the field. I think that’s part of college football and what makes it special. I just think I’m really over it. I don’t really care anymore.”
The WSU police department has been said to be investigating the incident but no arrests have been made. The WSU athletic department also said it would review its policies on post-game security.
Seferian-Jenkins also said he didn’t care if people made a big deal about WSU winning the game.
“We lost a game we shouldn’t have lost,” he said. “I was mad about it, but we can’t do anything about it now. People are going to blow it up or whatever. But they won the game. They can do whatever they want.”
Seferian-Jenkins also said he has yet to make a decision on whether he will play basketball this season.
“I’m just worrying about football right now and taking care of football right now,” he said. “We’ll make a decision after the season when I talk to coach (Steve) Sark (Sarkisian) and everybody.”
Sarkisian also said it is not something they have talked about yet.
As for the upcoming Las Vegas Bowl matchup with Boise State, Seferian-Jenkins echoed the mood of the day in saying he was excited about it, noting that he played some basketball tournaments there while playing AAU ball in high school.
He also said he didn’t feel as if the Huskies need to win the game to wash away the Apple Cup loss but that it’s more about simply going there and playing well and winning the bowl game for itself.
“It (the Apple Cup) is behind us honestly,” he said. “I dropped it after the next day. It’s upsetting that we lost to our rival and the way we lost is unacceptable, but no one is really hanging their head on it anymore. We are still playing and that’s all that counts. We are still playing and we’ve got a great opportunity against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.”