Austin Seferian-Jenkins wanted to soak it all in for perhaps one last time.
Following Washington’s 27-17 victory over Washington State, he stood a few feet away as the Huskies danced in the end zone with the Apple Cup trophy.
The junior tight end with the bright NFL future knelt at the 9-yard line for several moments.
Then he got up, exchanged a few high-fives and handshakes and disappeared in the tunnels while waving to the crowd.
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“I just wanted to watch it,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “I just love seeing other people having a good time because we’ve worked so hard. The seniors have put in so much in the program and to have them go out the way they did.
“I’ve lived with them for three years of my life since I’ve been away from my family and they’ve been my family. To have them gone next year is going to be hard.”
The same might be said for Seferian-Jenkins, who is considering entering the NFL draft next year.
He’s going to talk with his mother, Linda Seferian, and meet with coach Steve Sarkisian, most likely after Washington plays a bowl game.
At that time, they’ll figure out his future because right now he’s torn.
“I really don’t know,” he said. “I need to do research on my end to figure out where I would stack in the draft. I’m always going to talk to coach Sark before anything so that’s one of the most important things.”
The Huskies could also lose junior running back Bishop Sankey, who set the Huskies’ season rushing record Saturday.
“I’m here to educate them on the process,” Sarkisian said. “I’m here to be an ear for them to what their concerns are, what their goals are and we’ll go through it so that at the end of the day when they make their decisions, whether it’s to stay at the University of Washington another year or go to the NFL, it’s a very educated decision. It’s not emotional. It’s not one that you’re listening to some guy on the street.
“We’ll get to that point. They’re both really bright kids. It’ll be very clear to them whether to stay or to go.”
If the game Friday was his last performance at Husky Stadium, then Seferian-Jenkins gave the 71,753 spectators plenty to remember.
On Washington’s first drive, he raced down the field. With Cougars free safety Casey Locker draped on his back, Seferian-Jenkins leapt high to haul in a 34-yard grab at the WSU 39.
After trailing 10-3 at halftime, Seferian-Jenkins capped UW’s first drive in the third quarter with an 18-yard touchdown reception that tied the score. On the play, he beat WSU cornerback Daquawn Brown on a slant route before withstanding a big blow from Locker.
Afterward, Seferian-Jenkins flipped the ball and saluted the UW student section as if to say goodbye.
“Nah, nothing like that,” he said. “I was just saying thank you for being there. I appreciate it. It’s always good to have them out there.”
Seferian-Jenkins had a game-high 52 receiving yards on two catches.
Truth be told, there’s not much more for Seferian-Jenkins to accomplish at Washington. This season, he became a better blocker.
“Last year I was a receiving tight end and I tried to block,” he said. “This year I’m really blocking and I’m an all-around tight end.”
Seferian-Jenkins is Washington’s record-holder for career receptions (143), receiving yards (1,801) and touchdown catches (20) for a tight end.
“There’s still more to get to and a lot on the table,” Seferian-Jenkins said. “There’s a lot of things I want to complete with the team and with coach Sark.”
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