Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington’s record-setting tight end, was sentenced to one day in jail after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge in Seattle Municipal Court on Monday.
The 20-year-old from Gig Harbor High School is expected to serve his one-day sentence sometime before the Huskies open fall camp on Aug. 5, but his status for the season opener against Boise State on Aug. 31 remains unclear.
An athletic department spokesman said Monday that coach Steve Sarkisian was not available to comment.
“On March 9, 2013, I fell well short of what is expected of me as a student-athlete and a citizen of this community,” Seferian-Jenkins said in a statement. “I want everyone to know how sorry I am for the disappointment and embarrassment I have caused. … I was always raised to be a man of my word, and I promised everyone shortly after this incident that I would accept responsibility for my actions. Today, I kept my word and will accept punishment because I deserve it. I also want everyone to know that I will continue to learn from this mistake and will attempt to educate others to the dangers of drinking and driving.”
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Seferian-Jenkins was suspended from team activities after his March 9 arrest that stemmed from a late-night car crash in the Ravenna area. He has resumed informal workouts with teammates this summer.
According to the city attorney’s office, Seferian-Jenkins registered a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent, more than twice the state’s legal limit of .08 percent. The state’s legal limit is .02 for a person under 21.
Seferian-Jenkins originally pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea Monday. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail, 363 of which were suspended. He was fined $695, the lowest-allowed under law for a DUI offense, and put on five years probation.
Seferian-Jenkins, a 6-foot-6, 266-pound junior, holds most of UW’s records for a tight end. He was a third-team All-American in 2012 after catching 69 passes for 850 yards, both records for a UW tight end, plus seven touchdowns.
Many project him as a future first-round pick in the NFL draft.
“I really want the fan base to know one thing about Austin, and that is what they saw March 9 is not who that kid is,” said Bill Kirk, the player’s attorney. “He is an exceptional and mature and humble young man who is extremely remorseful about what occurred, and I can promise the local community that he will never repeat this … and that he will move on to bigger and better things.”
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