The AP All-American Team — one of the oldest and most prestigious of the All-American Teams — was released this morning.
And as you can see, Austin Seferian-Jenkins was named to the third team. Once again, he was behind Stanford’s Zach Ertz and Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert. And while I know that will raise some hackles out there among UW fans, it’s again worth noting that simply making it on the third team is something that hasn’t happened often at UW of late.
UW has had just one player mentioned on an AP All-American team in the last 10 years — linebacker Mason Foster, who was also a third-teamer, in 2010.
Prior to that, the last UW player to be on an AP All-American Team was Reggie Williams, who was a first-teamer in 2002.
The first UW player to be named to an AP All-American Team was halfback George Wilson in 1923, when he was named honorable mention — he was a first-teamer in both 1924 and 1925.
The AP All-American team is one of the five that is used to determine “consensus” All-Americans — the others are the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association), the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America), Sporting News and Walter Camp.
UW has had 18 players all-time named consensus All-Americans, the most recent being Olin Kreutz in 1997.
Something for Seferian-Jenkins to shoot for in 2013.
In other news. …
— ESPN.com’s HuskyNation has an interview with UW QB commit Troy Williams. In it, he reiterates that he will be enrolling early at UW, leaving Jan. 1 to be here in time for the winter quarter. He also talked about having played the last couple games with a separated right (throwing) shoulder and that he hopes that “it’s better by the time I get to Washington.”
— ESPN also reports that safety Trevor Walker of Arlington, Texas — who was among those who visited UW last weekend — will announce his final decision Friday, choosing between UW, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
— UW’s coaches are on the road right now visiting players all over the place. Among those they have visited is five-star linebacker Reuben Foster of Auburn, Ala. Here’s an update on Foster from al.com, noting that he plans to wait until signing day to make his decision.
— Another player UW coaches are visiting this week is cornerback Jermaine Kelly of Salesian High in Los Angeles. Scout.com reported that he has decommitted from UCLA and now essentially re-opening his commitment, and will consider UW and Boise State, as well. He has already visited UW.
— Here’s the Seattle Times’ All-State team.
— The Idaho Statesman has a Boise State notebook that includes how it will deal with final exams (UW’s players are expected to all be finishing their academic work this week, and that was part of the reason the team practiced on the weekend the last three weeks and took most of the weekdays off).
— UW and Steve Sarkisian mentioned in this story from the Boulder Daily Camera on the challenge of coaches taking over programs that won one or zero games the year before.
— HardcoreHusky has an interview with Beno Bryant.
— Jon Wilner with good stuff on the challenge awaiting Sonny Dykes at Cal.
— The Tulsa World with an interesting look at coaching searches and rumors in the age of Twitter.
— Here’s The Oregonian’s daily Pac-12 Rundown.