For much of the past month, Austin Seferian-Jenkins had been fielding more questions than catches. His production had dipped considerably, but the preseason All-American tight end had never let his frustration arise publicly.
In Washington’s rout of Colorado on Saturday night, in the Huskies’ first game without standout receiver Kasen Williams, Seferian-Jenkins again became a focal point of the UW offense, matching his season high with 62 receiving yards, all in the first half.
The Huskies got creative in getting the ball to the 6-foot-6, 276-pound Seferian-Jenkins. He lined up wide left as a wide receiver on UW’s first play of the game, and he hauled in a 15-yard touchdown from Keith Price on the final play from scrimmage in the first half to effectively put the game away.
“I really appreciate him trusting me and letting me go up and get it,” Seferian-Jenkins said of Price’s jump-ball pass.
Coach Steve Sarkisian, as he has all season, also credited Seferian-Jenkins for “blocking his tail off” during another big day for Bishop Sankey, on pace to break UW’s single-season rushing record.
“He’s a talented guy, especially isolated one-on-one,” Sarkisian said of his junior tight end. “We had to get him more opportunities, and if the game hadn’t gone the way it did, he would have had more. We have some more tricks up our sleeve to get him the ball.”
With Williams gone for the season with a broken leg, more tricks, and more Seferian-Jenkins, will be surely needed on Friday night against No. 13 UCLA (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) in the Rose Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. for an ESPN2 broadcast.
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