Austin Seferian-Jenkins was back running with the starting offense at Washington’s practice Monday morning. Now, he needs to get back in shape to be able to run with the Huskies’ new up-tempo attack.
“You see a noticeable difference with the conditioning of the other 10 guys as opposed to where he was at because he hasn’t been doing it every day,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said at his Monday press conference. ” … Austin will get right back to it. We’ll get him in shape and he’ll be ready to go a week from Saturday (against Illinois on Sept. 14).
Seferian-Jenkins was suspended for the Huskies’ season-opening 38-6 victory over No. 19 Boise State on Saturday. He suited up and participated in pregame warmups, but he did not play.
Sarkisian praised Seferian-Jenkins for how the preseason All-American tight end handled the suspension.
“He’s been awesome,” Sarkisian said. “He’s had a great frame of mind. He’s working his tail off. He’s gone above and beyond everything we’ve asked him to do. I thought he was a really good teammate Saturday night. Anybody who scored I think Austin was the first guy running down from the bench to celebrate with ‘em. We actually got a warning from the officials because he went and met Josh Perkins in the end zone after his touchdown. He’s just been a good teammate, and that’s what he’s been through this whole process.
“I’m proud of him for that, because a lot of guys in that situation could’ve sulked, could’ve had their head down. Initially, he wasn’t even supposed to dress for the game. He wanted to dress and he wanted to go through pregame warmups; he wanted to be with his teammates. And I just think it speaks volumes to how he’s handled the entire situation, and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Sarkisian added: “He’s gotta get in a shape. Today was challenging for him when he was back with the first unit running plays. He got a little tired, so we got to get him in shape. But his attitude has been tremendous. I’m excited for him for when he gets to go out and play again and do the things he’s capable of doing.”