Washington star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins announced Thursday he will not play basketball this season for the Huskies.
Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will not play basketball this season.
Seferian-Jenkins said in a news release from the school he wanted to rest up and concentrate on academics.
“I just need to focus on school and get (rested),” said Seferian-Jenkins, a sophomore who was hampered the last half of the season by a sprained ankle suffered against Oregon. “I don’t feel like I’d be able to help the basketball team much right now.”
The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Seferian-Jenkins last year became the first UW athlete since Nate Robinson in 2002-03 to play football and basketball in the same academic year, averaging 7.2 minutes per game off the bench.
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Seferian-Jenkins has already set virtually every receiving record for UW tight ends and will enter the 2013 football season as a potential All-American candidate. He will also have the option of entering the 2014 NFL draft.
QB Williams to start classes
Quarterback Troy Williams of Narbonne High in Harbor City, Calif., said this week he has signed scholarship papers and will begin classes at Washington on Monday.
The 6-2, 195-pounder was the Los Angeles Times’ Back of the Year last fall as a senior at Narbonne. He committed to UW in June and decided he wanted to enroll early instead of waiting until February to sign a letter-of-intent and then enrolling later. That will make him eligible to participate in spring practice.
“It’s been the plan since like the eighth grade,” said Williams, a consensus four-star recruit who had offers from many schools.
Barring any changes, Williams’ arrival means UW could have five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in the spring — returning starter Keith Price, sophomore Derrick Brown and redshirt freshmen Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles.
• Dawgman.com reported that defensive lineman Kalei Auelua, who signed with the Huskies last year and delayed enrollment to allow a knee injury to heal, will not enroll at UW this month as planned. The site reported Auelua had not been accepted into school.
• Washington could receive additions to its Class of 2013 soon. Receiver John Ross of Jordan High in Long Beach, Calif., is expected to announce his decision Friday night during the All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif. Ross is deciding among UW, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA but is thought by many analysts to be favoring the Huskies. Tight end Thomas Duarte of Santa Ana, Calif., will also announce at that game but is thought to be favoring UCLA or Oregon. Defensive end Joe Mathis of Upland, Calif., will announce his decision Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and is thought to be leaning toward the Huskies.
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