Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins was named this morning the winner of the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation’s top tight end. He is the first Husky to win a national player of the year award since 1991.
Seferian-Jenkins was one of three finalists for the award last year. He will travel today to Orlando, Fla., for the ESPN college football awards show, at which he will be presented the trophy on Thursday. The red-carpet event begins at 3 p.m. PT Thursday live on ESPNU, with the awards show airing live on ESPN at 4 p.m. PT.
Joining Seferian-Jenkins in Orlando for the awards show is junior tailback Bishop Sankey, one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award. The winner of that will be announced during the show.
Seferian-Jenkins, a junior from Fox Island, Wash., is the first Husky to win the Mackey Award, which was first presented in 2000. He’s the first Washington player to win a national player of the year award since defensive tackle Steve Emtman won both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy following the 1991 season. Greg Lewis won the Doak Walker Award in 1990.
In his three seasons at the UW, Seferian-Jenkins has re-written the tight ends section of the Husky record book. At a school that has been known for placing tight ends in the NFL, Seferian-Jenkins has set school records for season and career receptions, season and career yards and career touchdowns by a tight end.
This season, Seferian-Jenkins caught 33 passes for 413 yards and led the UW with seven receiving touchdowns. He has also been praised for his increased role as a blocker as the Huskies set team records for total offense, rushing offense and points scored.
Seferian-Jenkins is eligible to enter the NFL draft. He said last week that he has submitted paperwork asking for an evaluation from the league, but he had not made a decision yet on his future.
Congrats to my guy @Aesj88 for winning the Mackey award! Well deserved.
— Bishop Sankey (@BishopSankey) December 11, 2013