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January 9, 2012 at 8:54 PM

What they’re saying about Seferian-Jenkins

Had a chance to connect with football coach Steve Sarkisian today. We chatted informally about tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins who has decided to play football.
Sarkisian watched Seferian-Jenkins play basketball at Gig Harbor, but he’s curious as anyone to see how the 6-6 forward will perform in Division I basketball.
We talked about the athletes who have played both sports at high level and came up with a few. Here’s a short list: California’s Tony Gonzalez, Florida State’s Charlie Ward, and North Carolina’s Julius Peppers and Ron Curry.
Here’s another one: Syracuse’s Donavan McNabb.
In a statement released by the school, Sarkisian said: “It takes a tremendous athlete to be able to play football and basketball at the Pac-12 level, and Austin certainly has that sort of ability. It’s a great opportunity and I fully support him.”

(On ASJ)
“He’s big. He’s been big since he was a freshman. When he was a freshman in high school, I was surprised at how big he was. That’s the main thing. But he’s a good player. He knows how to rebound. He guards. He knows how to play basketball. He’s not like a if you see him out there you’d say he’s a football player. Football players are usually uncoordinated on the basketball court, but he knows how to play.”
(Have you played with him?) “Nah. I’ve never played with him. I’ve played against him (twice). I’ve seen him play a couple of times. I watched him in high school. I’ve seen him play in the IMA a couple of times. I played against him, but he was never on my team in open gym.”
(Was that before the season?) “Yeah.”
(How did he look?) “He was alright. He’s solid. He didn’t try to do too much. He was just trying to get a run in. He’s a good rebounder. He’s strong of course. Those types of things.”
(How do you think he’ll be received by the team?) “I think it’ll be good in the fact that he’ll give us some toughness. He’s so strong he’ll give us another rebounder. And just somebody that we can go against in practice so when we do the scout, he’s somebody that we got to box out and get us ready for people like the guy from Colorado (Andre Roberson) who’s a great rebounder or the guy from Oregon (Olu) Ashaolu. He gives us somebody that we can go against and prepare for those guys.”
(Did it surprise you?) “I didn’t even know until today. I saw him walking to get taped and I was like you’re about to play at the IMA and he said ‘Naw I’m practicing today.’ I was like ‘Oh wow.’ That was the first time I found out about it.”
(On ASJ)
“He’s another guy that plays hard and the more guys you have like that, the better your team identity becomes and better your team turns out to be.”
(How was he received?) “We took him in with open arms. He’s part of the Husky family. He played football. He’s a football player and he’s a good basketball player. We don’t really want to discourage him or anything like that. We want to welcome him in with open arms and let him go through the whole process of practice and enjoy the game from another perspective instead of watching it from the stands. And I hope he enjoys it.”

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